Imagine you and your family have been invited to an event. Everyone has been lounging around until it’s almost time for the event, and you all have an hour to get there. At that moment, you all are trying to force your way through the bathroom door. Then, suddenly you have a bizarre idea: “Why not brush my teeth in the toilet bowl?”. This is not a make-believe scenario; I kid you not, it happens all the time. Several people have thought about this and have also brushed their teeth in the toilet bowl, one too many times. This is a “don’t try this at home” type of situation. Let’s look at why brushing and spitting in the toilet bowl isn’t a good idea.
It goes without saying that proper toilet hygiene is important. After all, the toilet bowl is essentially the breeding ground for dangerous bacteria, so cleaning your teeth there is not a good idea. The toilet bowl is essentially a village full of microscopic germs, and bacteria can be seen dancing about the seat all day long. The toilet flush also acts as a playground for bacteria.
You would assume that the bacteria in the toilets would stop there. Do you know what toilet plumes are? They are the fine mist of tiny particles that shoot into the air when you flush the toilet. How absurd is that? It’s similar to a confetti cannon, however instead of firing glitter, it shoots possibly harmful materials. These invisible, pathogen- and bacteria-filled particles can land on nearby surfaces such as your toothbrush, towels, or that unsuspecting bar of soap.
First off, there is a bacterial convention occurring in the toilet bowl, which is a hotspot for germs. Small particles, known as the “toilet plume,” which are known to carry bacteria, are released into the air when you flush.
Imagine those bacteria collecting on your toothbrush. When you brush, you are effectively scrubbing microorganisms into your mouth. Some bacteria can cause hepatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, and stomach problems, which can all affect your digestive system. In terms of skin problems, bacteria from your toothbrush can travel to your skin, causing infections or irritations.
Why tango with bacteria in the bathroom when you can waltz to a better tune? Opt for the sink. If your housing conditions do not allow for a sink, you can use a bucket. It’s a sanitary haven with clean water and toothpaste, as opposed to the bacterial charade in the toilet bowl.
To summarize, brushing your teeth in the toilet bowl, poses a major risk to personal hygiene and health. The presence of hazardous bacteria, combined with the possibility of tiny particles spreading during the flushing process, increases your risk of gastrointestinal disorders, skin infections, and potentially serious diseases like E. coli and hepatitis.
To properly prevent these health concerns, it is recommended to use a readily available and sanitary alternative for dental care routines: a bucket or sink filled with clean water and toothpaste. This modest change improves personal hygiene while also protecting against the potential effects of unsanitary activities.