I do not know about you, but I like my dentist. However, having to go there repeatedly for problems with my teeth is simply a pain in the butt. It’s time consuming, uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful depending on what you need to have done. All these stories of what happens to your teeth over time has sent people into a phase where they brush their teeth repeatedly daily. This is a great practice, but have you ever considered what might be on the tool you use to clean those valuable teeth of yours?
Well, researchers at Quinnipiac university in Connecticut have, and have some disturbing news for you. After doing some tests on the toothbrushes of the students in the residence facilities, it turns out that sixty percent of the brushes tested positive for some kind of trace of poop. To make things worse, in eighty percent of those cases, the traces of poop that were found did not come from the same user of the toothbrush.
Some of you may be thinking, well, why would it matter who’s poop is on the toothbrush? I do not want poop on my toothbrush period! Well, sorry to disappoint you, but if your toothbrush is kept in a bathroom, especially one that is shared with one or more people, there is likely some poop traces on your toothbrush that you cannot see. The big issue here is that if there is poop from other people on your toothbrush, it more than likely contains bacteria that your body is not used to, which often is what is going to make you sick to a degree that they cannot predict. Some of you may also be saying “Well, I am not a college student, nor do I have the habits of one. My partner and I are responsible adults and we teach our children proper hygienic habits!” It still does not matter. The truth is, no matter how thorough you are with washing your hands, there is a good chance that you will miss some of the residue on your hands. Remember, we are talking about traces here, not visible parts. Also, about your kids, no disrespect to you and however well they are raised, but do you honestly think a seven year old who may not understand the importance of washing their hands properly or wiping when they are done in the bathroom does it every single day? Thoroughly? When the most important thing on their mind is how to get back outside to play quicker? Think about it.
I did not personally think about this when I say this next statement, but I actually keep my toothbrush in my bedroom and not my bathroom, and I share that bedroom with no one else, so I guess I am a little more protected than some of the general population. Now you know, if you see your dentist on a regular basis and he tells you that you have a cavity or extra red gums more often than he should, you have another option to think about when you walk away frustrated and wondering why it keeps on happening. I encourage people to change their toothbrush every two or three months to help stop the repeated damage, because if you are one of those people who does it once a year in hopes that you are not being wasteful, you may just be doing more harm than good.