What do you think the dirtiest surface in your home is? For many, the answer would be their toilet. However, recent studies showed it actually ends up being one of the cleanest objects because it is washed regularly. You may be surprised to learn that one of the biggest culprits for bacteria production is your toothbrush holder! Ever since the pandemic arrived, it is more important than ever to implement extensive sanitation measures while in public and at home. Keep reading to learn about three of the dirtiest objects in your house and how to keep them clean according to your dentist in Sparks.
#1. Toothbrush Holder
Are you ready for a shocking statistic? According to a public health organization report in 2011, 27 percent of toothbrush holders tested positive for coliform bacteria (Salmonella, E. coli, etc.). Yikes! Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you switch yours out regularly. A great place to start is by purchasing a new holder every 6-12 months.
Your toothbrush is a damp object that contacts plaque, saliva, and food debris daily which makes it a breeding ground for bacteria. To prevent the germs from continually being exposed to your mouth, the American Dental Association recommends purchasing a new toothbrush every 3-4 months (or sooner if you were recently sick). Plus, you should disinfect it daily by submerging it in hot water or mouthwash after each use.
#3. Bathroom Towels
Typically, people clean their bathroom towels every week since they are only used after washing their hands. However, study after study shows the average person does not wash their hands thoroughly, so the towels can quickly become soiled. Plus, a damp towel is an ideal environment for bacteria which can transfer back to your hands after you’ve cleaned them, making the process virtually useless. So, it is important to wash your towels at least twice a week or opt for a disposable alternative.
To ensure that your hands (and your home) remain clean and safe, make sure to disinfect and replace the aforementioned items frequently. That way, you can have peace of mind knowing you are doing your part to keep your immune system strong and your oral health in excellent condition.
About the Author
Dr. Marc Thomas earned his dental doctorate from the University of the Pacific before serving in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. As your dentist in Sparks, his top priorities are patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Thomas can expand on the importance of keeping your bathroom clean for your oral health during your next dental checkup and cleaning. Schedule one on his website or call (775) 626-3535.