Have you ever thought of sharing a toothbrush, almost every one of us is very carefull about our daily usable items. Toothbrush is one of the most essential one, sharing your toothbrush with anyone can also make you share your mouth bacterias. Just think of sharing your toothbrush with 48 people. Gross right! but they had no choice.
According to Times of India, at a government-aided home for the disabled, 49 kids used one single toothbrush for their basic mouth hygiene. Not upto here there is still more they were also provided a single toothpaste to share.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson Justice H L Dattu :“It is not important to say in which state I saw 49 children using one toothbrush as that is the condition in most government-aided or government-run homes housing disabled children, who are the most neglected lot,” Justice Dattu told TOI.
- You may use your toothbrush once or twice a day.
- If more than one person is using the same toothbrush it can begin to break down faster and cause problems in the mouth.
- The breakdown of bristles can scratch at your gums and promote receding gums that shift away from the teeth.
- It can also lead to bristles breaking off inside your mouth.
Life of a Toothbrush
According to the Library of Congress, the first modern toothbrush with nylon bristles was not invented until 1938. According to the Dentistry website, the average toothbrush should only be used three months at a time. After that, the toothbrush should be discarded.
- One of the main bacteria culprits found on your toothbrush could be beta-hemolytic streptococcus, a bacteria that causes strep throat.
- This can cause you to get extremely sick and suffer from symptoms such as a sore throat, fever, cough, swollen lymph nodes and difficulty in swallowing.
- Mutant strains of streptococcus cause dental cavities. This type of bacteria is commonly found on toothbrushes that contain food and residue.
There are ways to sanitize your toothbrush to kill germs and bacteria, according to the Mom’s Budget website. This is a temporary solution until you can buy new toothbrushes. One way is to clean your toothbrush with a bleach solution. Mix 1 cup water and 2 tbsp. of bleach, place your toothbrush bristle side down into the solution and allow to soak overnight. Make sure to rinse thoroughly with warm water before reusing.