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How dirty is your toothbrush? Answer: Not as much as you think

NBC News, May 4, 2013

A team of experts from UTMB couldn’t find any strep germs on toothbrushes used by children with strep throat. But they did find potentially nasty germs on two brand-new toothbrushes right out the package. “I was just dumbfounded,” says UTMB’s Dr. Lauren Shepard, who presented her findings on Saturday at a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. "This study supports that it is probably unnecessary to throw away your toothbrush after a diagnosis of strep throat," said Dr. Judith Rowen, a strep specialist and pediatrician at UTMB who worked on the study. The news is receiving widespread coverage, appearing in U.S. News & World Report,, the Daily Mail (U.K.), Yahoo! News, the Inquisitr and the Times of India, among many other outlets.


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