Most people brush their teeth in the bathroom. I have never met anyone who didn’t, although I have known classmates to brush their teeth at school after lunch, as well as co-workers at a former workplace.
Resting your toothbrush in a cup or toothbrush holder near your bathroom sink is as common as soap to wash your hands after you use the toilet.
Did you know that EVERY TIME you flush your toilet, tiny, invisible partials fly through the air and land on all you bathroom surfaces – INCLUDING your toothbrush? These invisible germs and bacteria contain FECAL matter. That means every time you flush fecal matter and other nasty stuff finds it’s way to your toothbrush, which you use daily to brush your teeth.
This is not an “urban legend”. It’s been scientifically proven.
Check out this brief video from Discovery Channel’s MythBusters. You’ll be shocked by their findings.
This doesn’t mean that you need to brush your teeth with a brand new toothbrush every time. If you saw the above video you’ll see that amount of fecal matter is minimal and for the most part healthy people won’t be affected by it. Some bacteria can be harmful and can make people sick.
If you saw the above video you’ll also know that keeping your toothbrush outside of the bathroom doesn’t fully protect it from airborne fecal matter. I had thought about putting our toothbrushes inside the bathroom closet rather than near the sink, but after seeing the results of MythBusters show I realized that it won’t do any good.
So what can you do to protect yourself? You could buy inexpensive toothbrushes and throw them away after use and use a new one each time, but that would be very expensive in the long run, especially if you have a few people in your family.
You could invest in UV (Ultraviolet) Light Sanitizers and antibacterial rinses, but they can add up to a small fortune.
I read some where that soaking your toothbrush in mouthwash from time to time can help rid it of some of the nasty stuff, but I am not sure if that has been scientifically proven or not.
Whatever you do DON’T put your toothbrush in a sealed container. Your toothbrush needs to be exposed to air in order for it to dry properly. A damp or wet toothbrush that is not able to air dry will only act as a breeding ground for MORE germs and bacteria. That could end up being worse then if you let it air dry near your sink.
So what can you do to protect yourself? One affordable option is the Toothbrush Shield from IntelliDent.
The Toothbrush Shield is a small “pocket” that slips over the top of your toothbrush, protecting it from airborne germs, bacteria and other particles. Think of it as a “hat” for your toothbrush.
Is breathable, quick drying shield acts like a surgical mask for your toothbrush.
Laboratory tested 99.9% effective barrier against airborne and surface bacteria.
Replaces plastic caps and holders that trap and breed bacteria.
Eliminates cross contamination of germs between brushes stored in shared cups.
Ideal for travel, home, work and everywhere in between.
Disposable. Effective up to 7 days.
Available at over 12,000 stores including Walgreens and other major pharmacy retailers.
I have a package that I was sent to review. When you think about it, its a great idea. It’s so easy to use. Simply remove a shield from it’s packing and place it on top of your toothbrush. Remove it when you need to brush your teeth and replace it when you are done. After 7 days you can toss it out and open up a new one.
Each box has 10 shields. The shields can last up to 7 days (or less, depending on what you feel comfortable with). That means one package can last 70 days. One package sells for $5.99 on the IntelliDent website (includes shipping!). That breaks down to approximately .12 cents per shield. That is a small price to pay for a little piece of mind. A one year supply would cost around $36, making the Toothbrush Shield “budget friendly” too.
If you would like to learn more about the IntelliDent Toothbrush Shield, or to make a purchase, visit ToothbrushShield.com.
What do you think of the Toothbrush Shield? Does it seem like a product you would want to use in your household?
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and no influenced in any way.