Have you ever done your business, flushed the toilet and then thought about the short distance between the Whirlpool of Human Waste and your vulnerable Toothbrush on the counter? Or are you a proponent of storing your toothbrush for this reason in your medicine cabinet?
In any case, there are some interesting (and possibly deterrent) facts you need to know about the different types of toothbrush storage. Continue reading for a knowledgeable examination of the most sanitary home for your toothbrush.
Where to Store Your Toothbrush
We could discuss the scientific merits of toothbrush storage throughout the day. Although it is an interesting conversation, it really is not worth emphasizing. Unless you keep your toothbrush in an obviously dirty place (as literally on your toilet), you're probably fine.
"Mostly it makes no difference where you keep a toothbrush. Amesh A. Adalja MD, a board-certified infectious disease and senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells SELF.
World full of germs and that includes your toothbrush – no matter where you keep it. "It is important to remember that the toothbrush [your] will never be sterile, [because] whatever microorganisms will be in the environment," Dr. Adalia.
With this statement, it's best not to really keep your toothbrush really near your toilet. That's not because this poses a serious threat to your health, but because, honestly, it's pretty disgusting.
If you keep your toothbrush in your bathroom outdoors, it will become a small toilet called Omai Garner Doctoral Candidate, Assistant Clinical Assistant, Departmental Clinical Microbiologist, and Director of Point of Care Testing, UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, tells SELF.
If You Did not Do This If you've heard of this phenomenon, you live in blissful ignorance. Toilet cloud is the aerosolized cloud of microscopic particles, including urine and feces that spray into the air and surrounding surfaces when flushing the toilet. Experts are not sure how far the toilet cloud will last, but if your toothbrush is on the counter, it's probably within reach. The closer it gets to your toilet, the more likely it will be with this spray feather mist.
While this is not an enjoyable idea, in the opinion of the American Dental Association this is not a big deal when it comes to your health (ADA). The organization emphasizes that although toothbrushes infest bacteria (including feces), there is no sure evidence that this will actually cause any harm.
Scientists have no evidence that many people actually get sick under toilet cloud. Not to mention toilet brushes with toilet brushes. Yes, Garner notes that this is technically possible, especially if someone with a highly infectious disease such as norovirus uses your toilet. Norovirus causes more food poisoning in the United States than any other pathogen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This potency is one reason why an overview of epidemiological studies and laboratory experiments published in the American Journal of Infection Control in 2015 finds that noroviruses may pose the greatest risk of air infection by a toilet flag. It also takes very few particles to transmit this infection, and noroviruses can live on surfaces for days or weeks . However, this in turn may pose a much greater theoretical risk than an actual risk. All in all, toilet cloud is a hideous thing you should know, something to worry about every time you pick up your toothbrush.
How To Store Your Toothbrush
Between uses completely dry out, "says Mia L. Geisinger DDS, MS, associate professor and director of the periodontics training program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Dentistry. Therefore, medicine cabinets are usually frowned upon for the storage of toothbrushes.
A small, sealed medicine cabinet creates a damp housing in which pathogens can theoretically thrive, as moisture promotes the growth of microbes (such as mold and bacteria). Like Dr. As Geisinger points out, similar to toilet flushing, there is no indication that storing your toothbrush in your medicine cabinet is directly associated with adverse health effects of toilet dust and microbial growth on your toothbrush in a medicine cabinet. If you do not mind any of these scenarios, you can keep your toothbrush as you have always done. If you are both annoyed and unsure what to do, you can change the position of the toothbrush depending on the situation.
For example, you can keep your toothbrush on the counter, but an institute set up a lid-down flushing rule, more for the mind than for the actual health. Fairness makes it much easier to communicate with someone like a partner than with a one-time guest, a new friend, or a group of people who are at your house.
In these cases, you may decide to leave the toothbrush in the medicine cabinet or on the counter for a short while, but put a toothbrush over your head. This can affect his ability to dry out so quickly. Geisinger generally defends against these coverages. She says, however, short-term use is probably okay.
You may even be so crappy that you prefer to keep your toothbrush on a stand in your bedroom. It depends on you. Do not let too much space in your brain. They are ill more often in other ways, eg. By detecting a virus in order .
A Few Other Ways To Keep Your Hygiene On The Toothbrush
Instead of worrying about toothbrush storage, you should take care of all aspects of toothbrush hygiene. The ADA has some pretty simple rules to follow:
- Do not share your toothbrush. Duh. They could exchange pathogens.
- Rinse well after each use. Wipe off leftover food and toothpaste. (We can also personally vouch for the strong method of the wrist.)
- Do not let the head of another toothbrush touch. If you keep several toothbrushes in a holder, CDC advises you not to let the brush heads touch.
- Replace at least every three to four months. Toothbrushes lose their effectiveness over time. Replace a new one if the bristles are visibly frayed.
- Dispense disinfectants and disinfectants. According to the ADA there is no research on the cleaning of toothbrushes. And the CDC advises against soaking toothbrushes in disinfectant solutions or mouthwash as this could provide more opportunities for cross-contamination. In order to avoid damage to the toothbrush, they also advise against the use of microwaves, dishwashers or UV disinfection equipment.
Wherever you store your toothbrush, you should rank these basic oral hygiene tips as a priority. And you know, throw away your toothbrush if you throw it in the toilet.