Brushing your teeth is a vital part of personal and oral hygiene. Most of us just simply brush our teeth and then either place the toothbrush on the edge of the sink, in a toothbrush holder, or in one of those little cases (like my fiance does) to save it for the next proper brushing. You may think your toothbrush is just fine after rinsing it off, but what kind of creepy germs are lurking in your toothbrush that you don’t even know about?
A Professor at Risk Analysis out of Harvard University revealed that if you store your toothbrush anywhere near a toilet, your toothbrush likely contains fecal matter. Fecal matter- as in crap, as in e.coli, as in GROSS! Whenever you flush the toilet, little bacteria are dispersed in the air and land on various objects in your bathroom, including your toothbrush. In fact, a study done by the popular “Myth Busters” show on the Discovery Channel tested 24 toothbrushes for fecal matter, and 100% of the toothbrushes over the 30-day study- even the 2 toothbrushes they stored in the kitchen after using, came up positive for containing poop!
Can you get sick from your toothbrush? Heck yes, you can. Harvard University claims that periodontal disease can result from fecal matter on your toothbrush, the little e. coli germs sneaking into your gums via cuts in your gums, and can lead to inflammation that often goes unnoticed. No wonder that 50% of adults have gingivitis (according to the American Dental Association).
Scientists at the University of Buffalo claim that chemicals produced by the body’s immune system to fight against periodontal disease (and the germs that cause it) spill into the bloodstream via cuts in the gums, hitting the liver and producing proteins that inflame the arterial walls and clot the blood. They claim that a heart attack could result- a heart attack? Over a toothbrush? Yikes!
Jim Song believes he has the solution to our nasty toothbrush issue that studies claim can over time greatly interfere with our long-term health. He is the inventor of the “Germ Terminator”, a toothbrush sanitation system that is designed to eradicate germs, yeast, bacteria, mold, and viruses from our toothbrushes using steam. You can find out more about his product at germterminator.com if your toothbrush now looks more like a toilet than a tooth cleaner.
Essortment.com claims that you can keep your toothbrush cleaner by rinsing it with mouthwash after using it to help kill nasty germs, storing the toothbrush in a container and then keeping it in a cabinet rather than out in the open. Replacing the toothbrush after 3 months of use is also recommended.