Tiny bristled dangers
What has tiny bristles, lives in your bathroom and can host five of the nastiest germs, including the flu virus? If you guessed your toothbrush, you’re correct.
An average toothbrush hosts plaque, blood and even fecal matter. Ewwww yes, there's a good chance you are cleaning your teeth with poop!!
So exactly what kinds of germs have been found?
- Researchers have found the flu virus, staph bacteria, E. coli, yeast fungus and strep virus hanging out on used toothbrushes.
- According to researchers, there can be as many as 1.2 million bacteria on a single toothbrush.
- Also, a New York State Dental Journal found that 70% of used toothbrushes are contaminated with these bacteria.
How concerned should you be?
All of this might not be news to you, however you should be very concerned. It’s a fact that there are more bacteria in the mouth than anywhere else in your body, and some get on your toothbrush when brushing teeth. In addition, most people store their toothbrush in the bathroom, which can contain numerous airborne bacteria because of a warm and moist environment.
In some reports it has been identified, that toothbrushes sitting outside a bathroom can still get contaminated with fecal matter, It is also thought that brand new toothbrushes could also be a risk, because they aren't sold in sterile packaging.
How can a toothbrush actually make you sick?
You associate a toothbrush with something that makes you healthy and clean. However, researchers say, and director of the UAMS Oral Health Clinic Dr. David Stillwell agrees, that the germ problem lies in how and where we store our toothbrushes. Bathrooms are perfect for bacteria to grow as they are moist and steamy. In addition, it’s not helpful that most toothbrushes sit next to the toilet.
How can Prana+Therapy help sanitise and protect your Toothbrush?
The good news is we have a Little Crusader in our corner which beats these nasties with a stroke and a soak!
Prana+Therapy “Life’s essential remedy” is nature’s own hero when it comes to the grizzly clan of Yeast fungie, Staphylococcus and his big bro E. coli!
To avoid a germy toothbrush, put these helpful tips into practice:
- Wash your hands before and after brushing.
- Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after every brush with hot water and stroke it on a clean dry paper towel or washcloth.
- Submerge your brush in Prana+Therapy for a minimum of 5 min before and after use.
- You can also use a cup to keep the head bristles of your toothbrush and oral implements soaking continually in Prana+Therapy. However make sure to discard and replenish with fresh Prana+Therapy 3x per week.
- Store your brush away from the toilet, and close the lid before flushing.
- Change your toothbrush every three months or whenever you have the flu or a cold. You should also change when the bristles become worn.
- Alternate between two brushes.
- Do not share brushes and avoid storing toothbrushes together.
- Use a different tube of toothpaste if you or someone else in your family is sick.
- Last but not least, give your mouth a squirt and swish of Prana+Therapy for a clean fresh start.