An Inconvenient Truth: Your Toothbrush is Disgusting


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You may not want to know how disgusting your toothbrush is, but the fact of the matter is that it’s loaded with germs. That’s part of its job though, right? Its purpose is to remove the germs from your mouth. And while it does that part very well, the germs do go somewhere, and that somewhere is on your toothbrush.

Don’t panic just yet. Your mouth isn’t that clean in the first place. Surely you’ve heard that a dog’s mouth is more sterile than our own, and you’ve seen what they put in their mouths. The only time that the amount of germs causes a problem is when there is no longer a safe balance of unhealthy bacteria in your mouth.

Also, while it is true that you are sticking bacteria into your mouth every time you brush your teeth, it hardly means that you’re putting yourself at risk for infection every morning and every night. All this means is that you need be wary of where you store your toothbrush and how often you’re changing it.

Don’t Store Your Toothbrush Near the Toilet

We’re not saying don’t store your toothbrush in the bathroom. That would be a bit silly. Just don’t leave your toothbrush near your toilet. Every time you flush your toilet, it sprays bacteria in the air. Don’t add on to the bacteria already on your toothbrush.

If your bathroom is small, keep your toothbrush on the side of the sink furthest away from your toilet.[..Read More]

Spinbrush Electric Toothbrushes Can Chip Teeth

SpinbrushWhile brushing your teeth, you most likely do not consider the possibility of a piece of your toothbrush breaking off and chipping your teeth. And why would you? Unfortunately, with a few electric toothbrushes, this has actually happened.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that this is a real concern with the battery-powered Arm & Hammer Spinbrush (formerly known as the Crest Spinbrush). “It’s important that consumers know how to avoid the risks associated with using the Spinbrush,” said Shumaya Ali, M.P.H., a consumer safety officer at the FDA. “We’ve had reports in which parts of the toothbrush broke off during use and were released into the mouth with great speed, causing broken teeth and presenting a choking hazard.”

Since the FDA regulates all toothbrushes as medical devices, they want to push for safety precautions for all electric toothbrushes. They have found that the Spinbrush has caused the following [reported] injuries:[..Read More]