1. Anywhere closer than six feet from your toilet.
2. In a toothbrush holder, where it can touch another person’s brush.
3. Inside of a toothbrush head cover, or in an airtight container or cabinet.
4. Next to your sink
(Read on – but only if you have a strong stomach)
Your toothbrush looks innocent enough sitting on your bathroom sink. But before you put it in your mouth, consider this: the average toothbrush can contain 10 million bacteria or more—including E. coli and Staph, according to a study at the University of Manchester in England. Yuck.
“In an un-brushed mouth, there can be as many germs as on a dirty bathroom floor,” says Ann Wei, DDS, a prosthodontist based in San Francisco. Your toothbrush is a little bacterial magnet, attracting the little buggers from several sources.
If you store your toothbrush on, or next to, the bathroom sink, it can get contaminated from the splashing caused by washing your hands – meaning whatever you are washing off your hands is getting splashed onto your brush as well.
And if you really want to gag, think about what happens when you flush with the toilet lid open. Charles Gerba, Ph.D., Professor, Microbiology & Environmental Sciences, University of Arizona College of Public Health, points out that bacteria and viruses falling from toilet spray “remain airborne long enough to settle on surfaces throughout the bathroom.”
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