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 2 weeks ago '19        #1
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What's the Most Sanitary Way to Store Your Toothbrush?
 

 
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Have you ever done your business, flushed the toilet, then stopped to ponder the short distance between the whirlpool of human waste and your vulnerable toothbrush on the counter? Or are you a proponent of storing your toothbrush inside your medicine cabinet for this very reason?
Either way, there are some interesting (and potentially off-putting) facts to know about different modes of toothbrush storage. Read on for an expert-informed exploration of the most sanitary home for your toothbrush.
Where to store your toothbrush
We could spend all day debating the scientific merits of various toothbrush storage locations. While itís an interesting conversation, itís probably not worth actually stressing about this. As long as youíre not storing your toothbrush in an obviously filthy place (like, literally on your toilet), youíre probably just fine.

ďFor the most part, it makes no difference where one stores a toothbrush,Ē Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., a board-certified infectious disease and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells SELF.
Thatís because we live in a world full of germs, and that includes your toothbrushóno matter where you keep it. ďIt is important to remember that [your] toothbrush will never be sterile, [because] whatever environment it is placed in will have microorganisms that will settle upon it,Ē says Dr. Adalja.
With that said, itís best not to keep your toothbrush really close to your toilet. Thatís not because it poses a serious threat to your health, but because itís honestly kind of gross.

Keeping your toothbrush out in the open in your bathroom exposes it to a little something called toilet plume, Omai Garner, Ph.D., a*sistant clinical professor, section chief of clinical microbiology and director of Point of Care Testing in the UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, tells SELF.
If you havenít heard of this phenomenon, youíve been living in blissful ignorance. Toilet plume is the aerosolized cloud of microscopic particles, including urine and feces, that sprays into the air and onto surrounding surfaces when you flush the toilet.
Experts arenít sure exactly how far toilet plume can reach, but if your toothbrush is on the counter, itís probably well within range. The closer it gets to your toilet, the more likely itíll get spritzed with that plume.
While that's not a pleasant idea, itís no big deal when it comes to your health, according to the American Dental a*sociation (ADA). The organization emphasizes that although toothbrushes have been found to carry bacteria (including from feces), there is no solid proof that this will actually harm you.
Scientists donít have evidence of loads of people actually getting sick from toilet plume, let alone from using toilet plume-coated toothbrushes.
Yes, Garner notes that it is technically possible, especially if someone with a highly infectious illness like norovirus uses your toilet. Norovirus causes more food poisoning in the United States than any other pathogen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That potency is one reason why a 2015 review of epidemiologic studies and lab experiments published in the American Journal of Infection Control notes that norovirus may present the biggest risk of airborne infection from toilet plume. It also takes very few particles to transmit this infection, and norovirus can live on surfaces for days or weeks.
Again, though, this may pose a much bigger theoretical risk than an actual one. Overall, toilet plume is more of a disgusting thing to know about than something to worry about every time you pick up your toothbrush.
How to store your toothbrush
ďToothbrushes should be stored upright in an environment that allows for them to dry out completely between uses,Ē Mia L. Geisinger, D.D.S., M.S., a*sociate professor and director of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, tells SELF. Thatís why medicine cabinets are generally frowned upon for toothbrush storage.
A small, sealed off medicine cabinet creates a humid enclosure that may theoretically allow pathogens to thrive since moisture is conducive to microbial growth (like that of mold and bacteria). But as Dr. Geisinger points out, similarly with toilet plume, there is no evidence that storing your toothbrush in your medicine cabinet is directly linked with negative health consequences.

What you do here really comes down to how much you hate the ideas of toilet plume and microbial growth on your toothbrush in a medicine cabinet. If neither of these scenarios bothers you, feel free to keep storing your toothbrush the way you always have. If both gross you out and youíre not sure what to do, you could change your toothbrush storage based on the situation.

For instance, you can keep your toothbrush out on the counter but institute a lid-down flushing rule, more for the sake of your mind than your actual health. In fairness, that would be a lot easier to communicate to someone like a partner than a one-time guest, new friend, or group of people hanging out at your place.
In those cases, you might decide to keep your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet for a short period, or to leave it on the counter but put a toothbrush cover over the head. That may impact its ability to dry out as quickly, which is why Dr. Geisinger is generally against these covers. However, she says, short-term use is probably OK.

You might even be so grossed out that youíd rather keep your toothbrush on a stand in your bedroom. Itís up to you. Overall, though, donít let this take up too much space in your brain. Youíre much more likely to get sick in other ways, like by picking up a virus on the job.
A few more ways to stay on top of your toothbrush hygiene
Instead of worrying too much about toothbrush storage, make sure youíre taking care of all aspects of toothbrush hygiene. The ADA has some pretty simple rules to follow:

1. Donít share your toothbrush. Duh. You could swap pathogens.
2. Rinse it well after every use. Wash off any remaining food particles and toothpaste. (We can also personally vouch for the vigorous wrist-flicking method.)
3. Donít let anyone elseís toothbrush head touch yours. If you store several toothbrushes in the same holder, the CDC advises not letting the brush heads touch each other.
4. Replace it at least every three to four months. Toothbrushes become less effective over time. Swap in a new one before this if the bristles become visibly frayed.
5. Skip the disinfectants and sanitizers. According to the ADA, thereís not a ton of research on toothbrush sanitizing. And the CDC recommends against soaking toothbrushes in disinfecting solutions or mouthwash, which might just provide more opportunities for cross-contamination. To avoid damaging your toothbrush, they also advise against trying to use microwaves, dishwashers, or ultraviolet sanitizing devices.
Wherever you choose to keep your toothbrush, prioritize these basic tips for oral hygiene, and you should be good to go. And, you know, toss your toothbrush if you drop it in the toilet.
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39 comments for "What's the Most Sanitary Way to Store Your Toothbrush?"

 2 weeks ago '15        #2
theshoegawd 580 heat pts580
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I actually think about this. This proves my mild OCD is actually a good thing and not a bad thing.

I rinse my toothbrush with rubbing alcohol before every use. If you can stink up a bathroom while sh*tting, who's to say some of those air particles don't stay on your toothbrush?
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 2 weeks ago '17        #3
ThewaveChild 
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No list ???? Slapped
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 2 weeks ago '04        #4
ruff 7 heat pts
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If you're that paranoid, just keep your toothbrush in your room
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 2 weeks ago '19        #5
HaterVision 22 heat pts22
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I never keep my toothbrush in the bathroom.

I keep mine in a zip lock bag in my closet.

I don't trust nobody with my toothbrush.

Not even my girl. Definitely not my kids.

Just the thought of what somebody might do to my toothbrush while they in the bathroom and have access to mine. fu*k that.
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 2 weeks ago '09        #6
Fly or Die 49 heat pts49
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i throw mine inside the box that toothpaste comes in and throw it in a drawer
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 2 weeks ago '10        #7
kawgre12 52 heat pts52
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I guess I'm a nasty n*gga, I throw my sh*t on the vanity and keep it moving
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 2 weeks ago '08        #8
Arson 84 heat pts84
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Scust @ letting doo doo flakes and p*ss mist land on your toothbrush. Put that bi*ch in the medicine cabinet at least.
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 2 weeks ago '14        #9
consigliereA 104 heat pts104
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 HaterVision said
I never keep my toothbrush in the bathroom.

I keep mine in a zip lock bag in my closet.

I don't trust nobody with my toothbrush.

Not even my girl. Definitely not my kids.

Just the thought of what somebody might do to my toothbrush while they in the bathroom and have access to mine. fu*k that.
Play with my food, my toothbrush, or my paper..

👁👁
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 2 weeks ago '15        #10
Veggie Burgers 1 heat pts
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I started keeping my toothbrush in my bedroom about 5 or so years ago after I heard about the poop particles thing. I gotta start replacing it more often though.
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 2 weeks ago '14        #11
Daptism 21 heat pts21
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Replace it every 3 to 4 months? Hell no. Every 30 days max and I make sure to keep it in my room.
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 2 weeks ago '13        #12
uoeno 121 heat pts121
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put that sh*t on the counter

 2 weeks ago '17        #13
Harlequin 
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I got a cap on the head of my tooth brush
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 2 weeks ago '18        #14
Proffesor X 34 heat pts34
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 ruff said
If you're that paranoid, just keep your toothbrush in your room
It wont make you sick if the toilet plume hits your toothbrush...howevee your basically brushing your teeth with sh*t flavored toothpaste...if you notice your breath always stinks a few hours after brushing no matter what you ear..it might be how your storing your brush
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 2 weeks ago '12        #15
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I keep mines in one of these


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Top 10 most propped recently  2 weeks ago '18        #16
Blaffy 150 heat pts150
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I keep my toothbrush in my green toothbrush holder. I haven't left a toothbrush in the bathroom since I was 15 years old. My family and I knew about this from an old commercial talking about the germs from the toilet after flushing.
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 2 weeks ago '16        #17
AfroBucks88 52 heat pts52
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first off close the toilet lid when you flush

second i always keep a cap/case on the toothbrush

third buy a new toothbrush at least every month, 3 months max
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 2 weeks ago '15        #18
ChoAssUp 78 heat pts78
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As a little boy (8 or 9 years old), I seen a big a*s c*ckroach crawl all over my step sister's toothbrush. I was horrified and yet happy as fu*k cause I hated that bi*ch lmao. From that day forward I wrap my toothbrush up in a napkin or put it in a ziplock and keep it in my top dresser drawer. Im constantly telling my wife stop leaving her toothbrush out
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 2 weeks ago '07        #19
carltouss619 8 heat pts
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Yeah I keeps mine in my room

 2 weeks ago '09        #20
DEATH 70 heat pts70
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Me n my friend had a prank war b4 i jacked off in his shampoo bottle and he brushed a turd with my brush i threw up


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 2 weeks ago '18        #21
Oswaldgatesjr 21 heat pts21
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 ruff said
If you're that paranoid, just keep your toothbrush in your room

That's what I do

 2 weeks ago '04        #22
patt24 54 heat pts54
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and inside the cabinet.
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 2 weeks ago '16        #23
Wrecks 5 heat pts
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 patt24 said

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and inside the cabinet.
Same but keep it in my backpack of necessities

 2 weeks ago '15        #24
RickJamez 14 heat pts14
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The toilet in the bathroom isn't for sh*t, only pis.
How the fu*k you gon take a sh*t , and get a shower after or someone else with the whole room smelling like sh*t.
I know you got some chemicals to cover the smell but you cant stay in the room after you sprayed unless you wanna breathe those chems.
sh*t is for the other solo toilet.

People can be so fu*king nasty sometimes.

 2 weeks ago '09        #25
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I got one in the freezer and one in my glove compartment with plastic thingy on the brush

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