I’m a dentist and this is why I NEVER keep my toothbrush in the bathroom – and once you know the reason, you won’t do it again
- TikTok dentist revealed how disgusting matter ends up on your toothbrush
- The reason there’s a toilet in your bathroom is why your toothbrush needs to come out
It’s one of the first things you do in the morning, and very often the last thing you do before going to bed. Brush your teeth.
But while brushing back and forth against your pearly whites, while doing other things, you’ve probably never wondered how hygienic the toothbrush in your mouth really is.
Now a dentist has taken to TikTok to reveal the rather disturbing reason why he keeps a close eye on the location of his toothbrush.
According to a dentist on TikTok, it may not be such a good idea to store the brush there, as it means the bristles get covered in all sorts of things you really don’t want in your mouth
TikTok Dentist Dr. Jordan Brown revealed the disgusting fact about where we keep toothbrushes in a video on his TikTok channel
Thoroughly cleaning your teeth twice a day — for two minutes — keeps them from rotting and plaque buildup. Colgate experts also recommend replacing toothbrushes every three to four months.
After that, dentist Dr. Jordan Brown revealed a disgusting fact about where we naturally store toothbrushes in a video on his TikTok channel.
In the video, which has more than 120,000 likes, the dentist explained that no matter how spick and span you keep your bathroom, the reason there’s a toilet is why your toothbrush should be elsewhere.
Dr. Brown explains, “Everyone should know this about their toothbrush. If you can see your toilet and your toothbrush in the same view without moving your head, there’s a 99 percent chance you have stool on your toothbrush.
‘Aerosols from your toilet spray into the air and end up everywhere, including on your toothbrush.’
To use a technical term, every time you flush the toilet, it causes something called a “stool fountain.”
This sprays microscopic droplets from the toilet bowl all over the surrounding space – and that includes your toothbrush, which rests innocently in a glass on the sink.
In the video, dentist Dr. Jordan Brown explains, “If you can see your toilet and your toothbrush in the same view without moving your head, there’s a 99 percent chance you have stool on your toothbrush.”
It has been suggested that you can keep your toothbrush clean by keeping it separate from other people’s toothbrushes. You can also buy covers to put on the head to keep nasty germs away (File image)
That’s why Dr. Brown has been urging people to close their toilet seats when they flush.
And it’s clear that the best place to store your standard or electric toothbrush is in the bedroom.
But if this is too much of a hassle for you, it has been suggested that you delete your toothbrush clean by keeping it separate from other people’s toothbrushes.
You can also buy covers to put on the head to keep nasty germs away.
And the video of Dr. Brown has racked up more than 1,000 comments, as many TikTok users have revealed where they store their toothbrush.
One person wrote, “I put mine in the medicine cabinet.”
And another said, “My toothbrush has a cover and I’m a drawer.”
While a third user said, “My toilet and toothbrush are in different rooms.”
Someone else said, “I close the lid when I flush, so I think I’m good.”
While a disgusting person jokingly said, “I dip my toothbrush in the toilet, so I think I’m fine.”
And another comedian wrote, “That’s why I brush my teeth in the kitchen.”