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As suggested by doctors, we brush our teeth twice a day to keep our teeth tidy. However, by practicing this formula, our oral hygiene is not yet amicable. There are other things also we need to do. According to researchers at the University of Manchester, a toothbrush carries over 100 million bacteria, including E. coli & staphylococci (Staph) bacteria. And your toothbrush also carries fecal germs, says University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Hey, don’t be panic. These reports don’t suggest that you need to dispose of your toothbrush, stop brushing your tooth, or search for an alternative. Instead, they are a wake-up call-up that you need to be cautious with your toothbrush. There are two things you need to take care of: cleaning your brush and storing your brush.

What To Do?

When your toothbrush shows signs of wear & tear, it’s time to through it. And also, toss the toothbrush when its usage crosses three months. Moreover, go for a toothbrush that comes with a soft bristle; hard ones can harm your teeth & gums.

You need to be more careful if your toilet is close to the sink. As you flush, the bacteria discharge in the bathroom, and they may found shelter in your brush. Ergo, before flushing, close the toilet lid, and keep your brush in a medicine cabinet. This will keep your brush clean to some extent. A study conducted by researchers of Quinnipiac University in 2015 says that 60% of toothbrushes contain fecal coliform.

After you brush your teeth, rinse your toothbrush, place it in an open area in an elevated position, place it in a sealed container, or cover it, it will enhance bacterial growth. The American Dental Association suggests rinsing toothbrushes after use with tap water and air drying. According to National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), toothbrush holders are among the major germy items in our homes. It’s imperative to regularly clean toothbrush holder to contain germs.

Some people also use disinfecting solutions and dishwashers to disinfect & sanitize their toothbrushes. However, it’s not a good practice. By using such practices, you are creating opportunities for cross-contamination.