Oral care: Infections from Toothbrush depositions

Tooth brush and oral care

Toothbrush Keeps Your Oral Hygiene; Do You Know It Can Affect Your Health Daily If Inhabited By Microbes? Here Is All About Toothbrush Contamination.

Overview:
The toothbrush is used  in cleaning the mouth daily in order to maintain oral (mouth) hygiene. It can inhabit bacteria if contaminated and this can affect the overall health of the individual.


HOW OLD IS YOUR BRUSH?

      The peroid of usage of a toothbrush should not take more than 4 months because the longer the usage, the more conducive it will become for microbial growth. After a period of time a hard deposit begins to accumulate on the toothbrush head, between the bristle tuft indicating the growth of microorganisms.

This hard deposit collected from a month old toothbrush stored in a wet environ was analysed by researchers and the presence of some microbes (Stretoccoccus mutans, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas, Lactobacillus, Krebsiella, Candida albican, E.coli, Prevotella ) was identified which could probably affect the individual’s well being.


Tooth brush and health



WHERE DO YOU ALWAYS KEEP YOUR TOOTHBRUSH?

       Toilet and bathroom is not a place to keep your brush no matter how clean the toilet or bathroom is because this will create a conducive atmosphere for the contamination of the brush head.

Each time you brush your teeth, the toothpaste goes a long way to disinfect the brush by increasing the pH but after  the brush is rinsed the pH returns to normal pH (6-8) favouring bacteria that can withstand this shot time pH changes.

HOW CAN AN INFECTED BRUSH AFFECT YOUR HEALTH?

     Contaminated brush can potentially cause diseases like laryngitis, candidiasis, gingivitis, pharyngitis and even tooth decay if oral hygiene is not maintained.

 If a contaminated toothbrush is used daily it can affect the individual’s well being. Even after taking medication for the symptoms felt, the individual introduces it again in the next day’s brushing which now increase the resistance of the microorganism to the medication.

An effect due to this bacterial introduction into the body can be felt as acute cough, headache, stomach pains etc.


   
 

HOW CAN YOU CARE FOR YOUR TOOTHBRUSH?

  • Parents should ensure that children do not share toothbrush (label brush if necessary)
  • An individual may require more than one brush so that usage may not be daily to allow proper drying of the brush
  • You may need to replace brush  every 3-4 months or immediately hard clumps are noticed
  • Keep brush dry after usage and do not store in a closed container
  • Do not use antiseptic to wash but if need arises use a toothpaste as this will avoid contamination



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