60 percent of toothbrushes found to be contaminated with fecal bacteria

(Natural News) A 2015 study has indeed confirmed that toothbrushes may brood harmful pathogens such as enteric bacteria and pseudomonads. According to the study, enteric bacteria are normally found in the guts and help facilitate glucose fermentation and nitrate conversion into nitrites.

On the other hand, pseudomonas are gram-negative aerobic bacteria that can be found in soil, water, plants and animals. Both bacteria are normally detected in the guts and human skin.

To carry out the study, a team of researchers collected toothbrush samples from students using communal bathrooms at the Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Each bathroom had an average occupant of more than nine students.

The researchers detected fecal coliforms in nearly 60 percent of the toothbrush samples. The health experts also noted that there was an 80 percent chance that the coliform contamination came from another person using the bathroom.

In addition, the findings revealed that decontamination methods — such as rinsing with cold water, hot water and pure mouthwash — did not show significant differences in cleaning the toothbrushes.


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