College Dorms Increase Likelihood of Toothbrush Contamination

Calling all University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and other Pittsburgh area college students: think your toothbrushes are clean in the dorms? Think again.

A recent study has found that regardless of how you store your toothbrush, at least 60% of college students using a communal bathroom in the dorms have a toothbrush containing contamination in the form of fecal matter. That’s poop. Got your attention? An even higher percentage, 80% of those that are contaminated, contain contamination from someone else. This is especially concerning due to the bacteria, viruses and parasites that may be foreign to your body.

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So how can you keep a clean toothbrush while sharing a bathroom in the dorms? The American Dental Association recommends the following toothbrush hygiene practices:

  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months
  • Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container (containers provide a conducive environment for bacteria growth)
  • Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after use
  • Store your toothbrush upright and allow for it to air dry after every use
  • Keep your toothbrush away from your friends toothbrushes to prevent cross-contamination
  • Do not share toothbrushes

To ensure your teeth are clean and ready for the new school year, we recommend that you schedule a dental checkup and teeth cleaning with our Pittsburgh dentists. Dentonics has been providing compassionate care to our patients since 1925 and have been consistently ranked as top dentists by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Be sure that new toothbrushes are on your back to school supply shopping list and remember to follow the tips above to avoid contamination.

Please contact Dentonics using the form at the right side of the page or call 412-487-6910 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

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