Do You know How Many Bacteria Live on Your Toothbrush?

5 Oct 2015

As you reach for your toothbrush each morning, you may not realize what’s hanging out on its bristles.

Researchers have found that a single toothbrush can be loaded with as many as 10 million germs and bacteria. In fact, recent studies even found that your toothbrush could be a breeding ground for tiny microorganisms.

What kinds of germs were found? Researchers have found the flu virus, staph bacteria, E. coli, yeast fungus and strep virus hanging out on used toothbrushes. But, can your toothbrush actually make you sick?

It is possible to become sick by using a germ toothbrush. However, with the help of our immune system and everyday good hygiene habits, it is unlikely that your toothbrush will make you sick. But, there is still a chance for these bacteria to break through our defenses.

How often do you need to change your toothbrush?

You need to change your toothbrush:

·   When the brush bristles become splayed or worn out because they can no longer perform well
·   After any form of oral or throat infection because you may be worried that the brushes harbor bacteria
·    After every 2-3 months of use

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