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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-27

Toothbrush bristles, a harbor of microbes and the risk of infection


1 Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
2 Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
3 Cruz Davis Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Gainesville Florida, USA

Correspondence Address:
Mr. Philip Asumang
Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, P.M.B, Kumasi, Ashanti Region
Ghana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijohs.ijohs_60_18

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Microbes survive in a wide variety of environments, including toothbrush bristles regardless where they are kept once they are unsterilized. Toothbrush bristles serve unintentionally a great source of favorable condition for the growth and survival of microorganisms. Conducting a literature review of previous studies, we explored the microbial contamination of toothbrush bristles occurrence, and the risks this poses for disease infections in susceptible individuals in this review article.


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