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Why sterilize your toothbrush?

You know how many germs can live on your toothbrush? You don't? Well, experts agree that your toothbrush is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and studies have shown incredible results for the variety and number of germs found on an average toothbrush. And you put them in your mouth 2 or 3 times a day!

Remember good dental hygiene plays an important part in preventing decay, gum disease and bad breath. A clean toothbrush is an important part of observing good dental health.

Dirty or uncleaned toothbrushes will compromise your health by brushing germs and bacteria into your gums, and this can adversely effect your overall health.

Why steam sterilization is thought to be better than UV

Ultraviolet light only kills the germ cells on which the light shines. This is why UV light is often utilized to kill germs in the air and on flat surfaces, like tabletops. But toothbrushes are anything but flat. There are many nooks, crannies and dark areas inbetween toothbrush bristles that UV light cannot reach. So there are potentially millions of germs and bacteria that are left on your toothbrush bristles after the UV sanitization process.

The other problem with UV light toothbrush sanitizers is that they do not provide a germ-free environment to store your toothbrush. In between brushings, your toothbrush is left damp, in an enclosed, environment, vulnerable to mould, bathroom germs and contamination from other toothbrushes. Furthermore, most UV light sanitizers only work to sanitize the head of the toothbrush – not the handle. Many people do not wash their hands before brushing their teeth, leaving germs all over the handle that can make their way into your mouth! Only the Germ Terminator's steam and heat sanitization process can effectively kill greater than 99.9999% of germs on the entire toothbrush – even germs on the handle and hiding in the dark nooks and crannies of toothbrush bristles – and keep your toothbrush germ-free until the next time you brush.

Steam vs. UV sterilizers

Which method of cleaning and sterilizing your toothbrush do you think works better?

UV Radiation
23.1% poll results

Steam Sterilization
76.9% poll results

Source: www.squidoo.com/toothbrush-sanitizers

Facts on toothbrushes and oral hygene

In 2000, the Surgeon Gerneral of the United States released a Report on Oral Health in America. Within the report, the Surgeon General states, "Oral health means much more than healthy teeth...new research is pointing to associations between chronic oral infections and heart and lung diseases, stroke, low birth weight and premature births."

CNN Headline News reported, "Hiding in those bristles [of your toothbrush] is a multitude of oral microorganisms that can lead to several health problems, including oral inflammatory diseases that you can get from your own self-contaminated toothbrush."

"Even after being rinsed visibly clean, toothbrushes can remain contaminated with potentially pathogenic organisms." The Centers for Disease Control, January 2002 report.

"Toothbrushes can be contaminated after approximately one month of use. These contaminated brushes may play a role in systemic or localized disease. We recommend that patients about to undergo major surgery procedures and debilitated or immunosuppressed patients be considered candidates for disposable brushes. Further, we recommend that for the general population, toothbrushes be changed at least once a month and after any illness." Toothbrush contamination: a potential health risk? by Richard T. Glass, D.D.S., Ph.D. & Mary Martin Lare, R.D.H., D.D.S.

"The virus for the potentially fatal diseases hepatitis A, B and C have all been found on toothbrushes. The spores of hepatitis B are particularly tenacious and can survive for months." A moist toothbrush is also a "perfect culture base for all sorts of horrible bacteria," says Harley Street dental surgeon Dr Tariq Idris.

Recent research by Manchester University found that the average toothbrush contained around ten million germs, including a high percentage of potentially fatal bacteria such as staphylococci, streptococcus, E. coli and candida.

Other Methods of Cleaning Your Toothbrush

There are a number of other methods of sanitizing your family's toothbrush, though they may not be as efficient or as effective as the Germ Terminator GT100 Toothbrush Sanitizer.

These methods are not as effective as using the GT100, yet they do provide some level of cleaning.

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