Nevertheless, a recent study shows that there is a very unusual bacteria present in most toothbrushes.
The study, which was recently presented at the American Society for Microbiology revealed that about 60 percent of the toothbrushes tested hosted the fecal coliform bacteria in them.
This information has been discussed before but it was considered a sort of myth that is very unlikely to be true.
Most people leave their toothbrush in the bathroom, once they have finished brushing their teeth. What you are completely unaware of, is that, by doing so, you expose your toothbrush to unwanted fecal particles that are present in the bathroom.
The researchers who carried out this study looked at a number of toothbrushes from various shared bathrooms at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University. The tests showed that 60 percent of them had detectable quantities of the fecal coliform bacteria present among their bristles.
To make matters worse, people who share bathrooms expose their toothbrushes to bacteria from others’ feces. It was determined that 80 percent of the bacteria coming from the contaminated toothbrushes came from other people.
However, before you throw away your toothbrush in disgust, please note that the coliform bacteria is extremely common and it is very much present in our daily lives, not only on the toilet seat, but also on other surfaces, including our skin.
The researchers also revealed that covering the toothbrush with a cap was not only useless but it also gave this bacteria a chance to thrive, because it likes the moist environment present in the bristles of the toothbrush.
The bacteria is not a problem if it comes from you, but it becomes an issue when it comes from someone else. It then becomes a threat to your health, because it may infect you with parasites or viruses that are not part of your intestinal flora, according to a Quinnipiac graduate student, Lauren Aber.
This is why it is recommended that you store your toothbrush properly, you don’t allow anyone else to use it and you change it every three months. You should always run hot water on it after using it and try not to keep it in the bathroom if you share the it with other people.
It is yet unclear up to what extent the bacteria may be harmful to your health, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
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