the need for a toothbrush protector!
Believe it or not, there has been a lot of research on how oral hygiene is affected by your toothbrush. Of course, it stands to reason that your brush should be clean... but is it? The answer to that question is "probably not!" That's because in environments like bathrooms airborne bacteria are not just common but can be prevalent - and they get on your brush.
We've assembled just a small part of the media available on this topic and provide here some excerpts and links to the full articles.
What lurks on your toothbrush?
- Putting the Seat Down!:
Put down that bagel before reading about the "Fecal Fountain Factor". Bottom line for the squeamish: close the toilet lid before flushing, regardless of where you store your toothbrush. Watch these videos to see why the steripod toothbrush is such a great idea!
- From Dentistry.com:
"The typical toothbrush is reused for months, never cleaned thoroughly, and usually is stored under warm, moist conditions conducive for bacterial growth," says Astrid Schroetter, D.D.S., a general dentist. "This little piece of plastic, which is the very basis of home dental care, repeatedly is plunged into one of the dirtiest parts of the body. More than 300 kinds of microorganisms thrive in the human mouth." "A toothbrush is less expensive than a Big Mac!, but some of us are so cheap that we just can't find the money to buy a new brush," says Tom Glass, D.D.S. "After a while, toothbrush bristles wear down and become breeding grounds for bacteria," he says. "We've conducted numerous studies that show people can become re-infected with all kinds of bacteria from their own toothbrushes. By replacing their toothbrushes more often, we can prevent a lot of illnesses."
- From The American Dental Association:
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months and/or after illness. And consider washing a new toothbrush before use. From the ADA:
"Toothbrushes may even have bacteria on them right out of the box since they are not required to be sold in a sterile package".
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U.S. Office of the Surgeon General Oral Health in America Report. On May 25, 2000, Surgeon General David Satcher released Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, the 51st Surgeon General's report issued since 1964.
Oral Health America
Oral Health America is a national, non-profit organization founded in 1955 and headquartered in Chicago. Their mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to care, education, and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Five key programs are refined to support their mission: Smiles Across America, Wisdom Tooth Project, Medical Dental Dialogues, the Campaign for Oral Health Equity, and NSTEP. These programs speak to our lasting commitment to change lives by educating and advocating for the public and creating new opportunities to access care.
" Never underestimate the importance of having a healthy, clean mouth. Bleeding gums can be the first sign there is a problem going on elsewhere. Sometimes, infections from root canals can spread to the jaw bones, causing serious complications. If you have cold, heat or bite sensitivity, a dangerous bacterial infection could be brewing under your teeth." Read More at Dr. Paul Anstey on oral health
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