Is your toothbrush making you sick?
Your toothbrush is home to more than 100 million bacteria including E. coli, staphylococci (Staph) bacteria and fecal germs, according to researchers at the University of Manchester in England.
Do you actually clean and sanitize your toothbrush?
Besides rinsing it off with cold water for about 5 seconds, when you see that the toothpaste foam and food debris has been removed. Hopefully your toothpaste doesn’t foam due to the toxic SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.)
SLS causes oral mucosa skin to become irritated, most of our population is allergic to it, causes canker sores, mouth sores, dry mouth and creates an imbalance in your saliva and overall microbiome’s ecosystem.
Studied have found it to irritate mucosa (skin), creating a weakened barrier for bacteria and germs to penetrate into your gums and body via bloodstream.
Is sanitizing your toothbrush a necessity or a preference?
We sanitize our cutlery, our dishware even if we are just drinking water from a glass. Why isn’t the dental industry educating society that our toothbrushes need to be sanitized?
At our Biological, Holistic Dental Apothecary we strive for enlighten Oral Care, we educate you on the importance of a balanced microbiome in your mouth and gut. An imbalance of your oral and gut microbiome can cause physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dis-ease and imbalance in all areas of your life. Let’s start cleaning our toothbrush, make this part of your daily mindful spiritual ritual please.
Multiple research studies revealed the survival of microorganisms on toothbrushes pose a threat to patients at risk of infection, and the contamination occurs early and increases with repeated use. Toothbrushes, in normal use, are heavily contaminated by microorganisms and the bacteria are extremely adherent to the bristles.
8 TIPS TO SANITIZING, STORING AND EMPOWERING YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
1. If you have a cold, cough, flu, or virus throw your toothbrush out when you are well again, and use a new toothbrush.
2. Daily: before use, rinse your toothbrush under warm water for about 5-30 seconds soften and rinse bristles.
3. After brushing: rinse the toothbrush with warm water for about 30 seconds-clean to the eye. Daily place the toothbrush in a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) solution overnight, that is changed daily. Use enough solution to cover the bristles. Try our Clean Toothbrush solution. Use a shot glass, mason jar, or glass, do not use plastic. (do not use bleach EVER!)
4. Weekly place in dishwasher without dish soap and sanitize on gentle wash. Check the bristles for safety, make sure the bristles are not falling out. Do not use the microwave.
5. Use a UV toothbrush sanitizer.
6. Do not store toothbrush with a cover, microorganism multiple, place standing up to dry, no cap. Keep out of the toilet area, always flush toilet with the lid down, fecal organisms are found on toothbrushes, when flushing is done close proximity to open toothbrush area, (that is why caps were designed, but organism mutate even faster with a wet damp environment under those caps.)
7. Change toothbrush as needed or maximum every 3 months. Use a manual bamboo toothbrush or a high-end power toothbrush (they motor last longer) (reduce plastic waste.)
8. Place crystals around our toothbrush. Begin to see your toothbrush as a magical wand, removing bacteria, food waste and unwanted energy. Teeth are alive and retain memory and energy. We love brushing with bamboo toothbrushes, the wood is alive and has energy. Just like a wooden wand