Having a nice smile is important. More than a state of mind, it is a reflection of the body’s overall health. In fact, oral health and general health have an effect on each other. Good oral hygiene is the best way to take care of your health. However, it should start with the cleanliness of your toothbrush.

An environment that favours the proliferation of bacteria

The bathroom, a place where water flows freely, gives the impression of being clean. Unfortunately, this is far from true. It is a place conducive to the proliferation of microorganisms and for a good reason: it is a hot environment (between 20 and 40°C), very humid, often poorly ventilated or without windows, has a toilet, and each user leaves hair, dead skin cells and potentially harmful germs behind.
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In these conditions, toothbrushes are particularly at risk. Bacteria and fungi like to live there. When using a toothbrush, your hands leave germs on it. When brushing your hair, dandruff is deposited on the toothbrush. When in contact with other brushes and a dirty toothbrush holder, bacteria develop. And when close to the toilet, even faecal bacteria can be found on it! Storing them in a toiletry bag is no more hygienic because this is a natural breeding ground for microorganisms. Even toothbrush covers or cases can be problematic, as they keep the bristle wet for longer and therefore encourage the growth of bacteria.

Even saliva can be infectious. Every millilitre of saliva contains millions, if not billions, of all kinds of bacteria, which end up on toothbrushes. And then on all the other toothbrushes that share the toothbrush holder.

Adverse health consequences

More than 10 million bacteria can be found on a toothbrush. Most are harmless because they occur naturally in the human body. But other bacteria, such as E.coli, can cause vomiting or diarrhoea. In some cases, the appearance of fungi inside the mouth is another adverse health consequence of poor toothbrush hygiene. For example, oral thrush is caused by the growth of the fungus Candida albicans in the oral mucous membrane. And even the slightest wound can make us more susceptible to dental infections.

Preventing these types of infections requires good oral hygiene, but also a toothbrush that is in good condition, properly cleaned and disinfected to avoid further contamination every time you brush your teeth.

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Do not confuse hygiene with cleanliness

Rinsing a toothbrush with hot water may clean it, but that doesn’t stop the proliferation of bacteria and other microorganisms. Good hygiene habits are essential to stop the spread of germs effectively. So it is not just a matter of washing toothbrushes after each use and any eventual yellow deposits between the brushes, but learning good daily hygiene habits.
Above all, it is important to clean toothbrushes not only regularly, but effectively, on a weekly basis. DMS is ideal because it eliminates most bacteria in a natural way. The chemical alternative is to soak the toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash for a while. Storing it in a cupboard, separate from other toothbrushes, is also necessary.

Avoid spraying the sink with cleaning products, cosmetic sprays (perfumes/aerosols) with toothbrushes nearby as a preventative measure. Likewise, close the lid of the toilet when flushing. And we cannot stress this enough: a toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months.

A fast and efficient solution with more than 99.999% effectiveness

According to a study conducted by an independent laboratory, Laurastar DMS (Dry Microfine Steam) has proven to be effective in eliminating almost all types of E.coli (intestinal bacteria) and Candida albicans (fungi) in a matter of seconds.
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The steam is pressurised and heated up to 160°C and continuously propelled at a speed of up to 129 km/h. One go is enough to disinfect every corner and surface naturally and permanently, including the bristles of a toothbrush and the brush head.
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Adopt a new hygiene routine

Therefore, good oral hygiene does involve proper cleaning of the teeth and mouth and adopting new hygiene habits in your daily routine. Washing your hands before brushing your teeth, disinfecting your toothbrush and storing it in an isolated, clean space are simple steps that help protect the health of you and your loved ones.