What’s lurking on your toothbrush?

According to the University of Manchester, your toothbrush is loaded with germs. 

They’ve found that one uncovered toothbrushmouth with toothbrush can harbour more than 100 million bacteria, including E. coli bacteria, which can cause diarrhoea, and staphylococci bacteria that can cause skin infections.

But please don’t be alarmed as your mouth is not very sterile to begin with.  Apparently, there are hundreds of microorganisms in our mouths but this will only cause a problem if there is an unhealthy balance of bacteria.  Normally, our body’s natural defences kick in and defend us from harmful bacteria.

However, it does make sense to exercise common sense when storing and using our toothbrush. 
Here are a few tips to help keep your toothbrush as germ-free as possible:

  • Every time you flush the toilet the movement of water releases bacteria into the air, so store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible! 
  • After use, wash your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water.
  • Bacteria love a moist environment, so allow your toothbrush to dry thoroughly between brushings. 
  • Avoid using toothbrush covers as these can create a moist, enclosed environment which is ideal for bacteria to multiply.  Covers are OK if you are travelling and want to keep your toothbrush clean in your wash bag but shouldn’t be used during daily use.
  • Store your toothbrush in an upright position, as this helps the drying out process and ensures that the bristles aren’t resting in a pool of water.
  • Never share your toothbrush with anyone else (no matter how well you know them). Elgydium

Have you tried an Elgydium Toothbrush?

Elgydium Toothbrushes contains 2,000 carefully produced bristles, each with a rounded tip to prevent damage to the gums.
Elgydium Toothbrushes are available in 3 bristle textures; Hard, Medium and Soft.

To be effective, brushing should last 2-3 minutes after each meal. Click here for tips on effective toothbrushing.

Why not try Elgydium Anti Plaque Toothpaste with your Elgydium Toothbrush for a refreshingly clean feeling.

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