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Get Less Mouth Bacteria by Changing This One Thing
Some of the microbes that were discovered to be on toothbrush heads, during this study at least, included a species called fusobacterium. There have been several studies that link fusobacterium to colon cancer. Some of the other bacteria found have been connected to higher risks of cardiovascular disease. This is downright disgusting and something everyone will want to avoid.
So, along with changing your electric toothbrush head to a solid head, you should also disinfect your toothbrush. You can do this by boiling the head in water for about 10 minutes, or leaving it in a glass of mouthwash overnight. Be sure you let it dry in-between uses.
Another thing many people don’t think about much is the close proximity of the toilet to your toothbrush. Many toilets can spray 10 or 15 feet when you flush them, sending miniscule droplets of bacteria laden water all over the bathroom, which means they can land right on your toothbrush. This is another disgusting thing most people never give much thought to but YOU should. Always close the lid before you flush. Move your toothbrush as far away as possible from the toilet, or buy a cover the will protect your toothbrush, but still allow it to dry out.
OK, the truth is, there are no published reports of anyone dying from an infected toothbrush but there has been strong links connecting gum disease and cardiovascular disease that originated from an infected toothbrush. Researchers have taken cultures from bacteria that has been found around the heart and determined that it’s the same bacteria that causes gum disease. See also do’s and don’ts of oral health.
No matter how you look at it, the thought of brushing your teeth with a toothbrush that is full of bacteria or water from your toilet is not at all appetizing. Be smart and take a few easy steps towards better oral hygiene.