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Think again, people.
It may look innocent but your toothbrush could be a breeding ground for bacteria… and, erm, poo. We wish we were kidding. But in saying that, we wouldn’t tell you all of this without offering some solutions, too.
1. Your toothbrush probably has poo on it.
If you share a bathroom with others you might want to pay close attention. A study from the American Society for Microbiology found 60 per cent of toothbrushes in shared bathrooms have… wait for it… faecal matter on them.
But wait, there’s more. Of those toothbrushes, 80 per cent of the faecal matter IS FROM OTHER PEOPLE.
I know. I’m sorry. But there is one important thing you can do to prevent this.
Start by putting the lid down when you flush, because that bacteria can fly everywhere. Another study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection found the bacteria Clostridium difficile, which is known to cause diarrhoea, is sprayed up to 25 centimetres above the toilet seat when you flush without putting the lid down. So have protection between your flush and your brush and keep that lid down.
2. Storage makes all the difference. Especially when you’re sick.
If your toothbrush is stored in direct contact with other toothbrushes, things can become problematic if someone in the house is sick.
One study by Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research and published in Journal of Advanced Medical and Dental Science found that if you store all the family toothbrushes together in one container, the bacteria can easily spread from one to the other if the heads are touching.
They recommend that you keep your toothbrushes in separate containers that will allow them to air dry.