Could your toothbrush be making you sick? Find out how below.
Your toothbrush could be making you sick, and you may not even realize it. Do you leave your toothbrush out on the sink? Most people do, either sitting beside the sink or upright in a cup. By doing this, you are allowing it to dry properly. So what’s the problem?
The problem is… you could be brushing with poo. I know that sounds harsh, but hear me out.
Did you know that the splash radius of your toilet is more than 3 feet? That means, every time you flush the toilet with the lid up, microscopic particles of bacteria and germs can splash onto your toothbrush bristles and live there until the next time you brush your teeth, therefore transferring into your mouth. Did you also know that a sink has a splash radius of about 48 inches? Meaning, if you wash your hands in the sink after you’ve used the toilet, the same thing happens. You are just splashing germs onto your toothbrush each time.
The first time I heard this information was while attending the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology conference.
Toothbrush Storage Tips:
- Keep your toothbrush away from toilets and sinks
- Do not share your toothbrush with anyone
- Do not store in an airtight container – it does not allow your toothbrush to fully dry in between uses.
- Replace frequently – at least every 3 to 4 months