A toothbrush can contain over 10 million bacteria including E. coli and Staph, says a University of Manchester study.
That’s why an occasional soak of your plaque-fighting weapon in hydrogen peroxide or mouthwash is recommended, according to a story published this week in the New York Post. One American Dental Association spokesman event puts a toothbrush through a dishwasher cycle. (Note: certain dishwasher detergents use serious cleaning chemicals.)
Even some toothpastes can help your cause – the ones that are better than others at killing germs. The Post article suggests buying one that contains triclosan or copolymer — it’s better than regular fluoride toothpastes at killing oral bacteria.
Antimicrobial toothbrushes are also an option. PRO-SYS brand antimicrobial brush, coming soon, contains DuPont™ Tynex® StaClean™ with silver and zinc antimicrobial additives designed to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi and yeast). The brush also features a rubber-free handle designed to keep your toothbrush gunk-free. Find out more about the brushes from a Friendly Benco Dental rep.
To find out more best practices to protect your brush – and mouth- from contamination, read the full story at: http://nypost.com/2014/04/22/the-scary-truth-about-your-toothbrush/