Brushing your teeth with an appropriate soft bristled tooth brush and dentist recommended tooth paste is the basic component of oral hygiene maintenance. It has been emphasized that maintenance of tooth brush hygiene is also essential to achieve the required goals. Your tooth brush should be clean and bristles should be in good shape. Contaminated tooth brushes with worn off bristles will provide more harm than doing any good to your teeth. do not keep your tooth brushes moist all the time in washrooms otherwise these will allow the growth and inhabitation of microorganisms. Recently various studies have shown fecal matter contamination of tooth brush bristles in bathrooms shared by multiple folks.
These studies have been done on hostel set ups where most often more than a dozen students share a washroom. In addition to the problem of fecal matter contaminated tooth brushes, it has been found that fecal matter of other individuals on your toothbrushes encourage the growth of microorganisms foreign to your body. Such change in flora can have adverse effects. Keeping your tooth brush clean is the key to combat dental and oral diseases. It is better to change the tooth brushes frequently to prevent such occurrences. Do not leave your tooth brush for longer periods of time in hostel washrooms. Keep the bristles dry and in an upright position away from other people’s tooth brushes.
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The researchers analyzed toothbrushes from Quinnipiac students who used communal bathrooms with an average of more than nine users per bathroom.
Regardless of the students’ toothbrush storage methods, at least 60 percent of the toothbrushes were contaminated with fecal matter, the investigators found.
“The main concern is not with the presence of your own fecal matter on your toothbrush, but rather when a toothbrush is contaminated with fecal matter from someone else, which contains bacteria, viruses or parasites that are not part of your normal flora [microbes],” study author Lauren Aber of Quinnipiac University, said in a society news release.
In addition, “using a toothbrush cover doesn’t protect a toothbrush from bacterial growth, but actually creates an environment where bacteria are better suited to grow by keeping the bristles moist and not allowing the head of the toothbrush to dry out between uses,” Aber explained.
Your tooth brush needs clean environment