Toothbrush contamination: a potential health risk?

Glass, Richard T.; Lare, Mary Martin
January 1986
Quintessence International;Jan1986, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p39
Academic Journal
The article discusses a dental study report which highlighted the relationship between contaminated toothbrushes and oral diseases. The report states that the toothbrushes can play host to pathogenic microorganisms but there is no correlation between the presence of microorganisms and the length of use of the toothbrush. The study considers the contaminated toothbrushes as a source of potential pathogens. It lays stress on the development of a mechanism for sterilization of brushes using materials and methods found in the home. It suggests that the toothbrushes should be changed at least once in a month and after illness.


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