When I was a kid, one of my teachers once told our class that bacteria from human waste in the bathroom could find its way on to our toothbrush. Later that day, I went home and moved my toothbrush as far away from the toilet as I could.
It has also recently been shown that bacteria can grow on our toothbrush when it’s just sitting in the bathroom and not being used.
It is reasons like these that many people are looking into purchasing toothbrush sanitizers.
I’ve often wondered if they are really worth it. Sure, there is bacteria on my toothbrush. Has it ever made me sick? Probably not. That is why I personally don’t use a toothbrush sanitizer. I figure if it’s not broken, there’s no point in fixing it. However, I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes do things the wrong way.
In looking at the effectiveness of toothbrush sanitizers, we need to ask ourselves two questions:
- Do toothbrush sanitizers kill bacteria?
- If they do kill bacteria, does it really make a difference?