Keeping good oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice a day. However, it is also important to keep your environment clean and hygienic. Many people who want to keep their environment clean are disgusted when people brush their teeth in the kitchen sink. They don’t think it is hygienic or sanitary to brush your teeth in the kitchen sink. However, some people brush their teeth in the kitchen sink and see nothing wrong with it. Someone even said that since he paid a huge amount in house rent, he’s free to brush anywhere he likes.
Nonetheless, it is always important to know and do what is hygienic and healthy, especially if you want to stay in good health. This article will examine the facts and find out if it is hygienic to brush your teeth in the kitchen sink.
Dirty Mouth vs. Dirty Dishes
First of all, most people think that the mouth contains more germs than the dirty dishes in the kitchen, but that is not so. In fact, dirty dishes, washing sponges, and leftover foods contain more germs than spent toothpaste from the mouth.
Furthermore, washing food items like meat, leafy vegetables, fish, or chicken in the kitchen sink leaves more harmful germs than brushing the teeth.
Can brushing teeth in the kitchen sink transmit diseases?
Some people are worried about contracting diseases when someone brushes their teeth in the kitchen sink. Although some diseases like hepatitis B, rhinovirus (colds), flu, or herpes, can be gotten from saliva, it is almost impossible for you to get any of these diseases if someone brushes on your kitchen sink. These diseases are usually gotten from kissing, sharing toothbrushes, or sneezing.
Additionally, toothpaste that contains triclosan or copolymer can kill different kinds of bacteria that live in people’s mouths.
Why you might feel it’s wrong to brush in the kitchen sink
Let’s also find out some reasons why brushing your teeth in the kitchen could not be acceptable.
First of all, most people feel that it is morally unacceptable. The kitchen is known for preparing things that enter the mouth, while the toilet is known for removing things that leave the mouth. Hence, it is unacceptable for most people to see anyone brush their teeth in the kitchen sink.
Apart from that, there is no major hygienic reason why brushing your teeth in the kitchen sink is bad.
Is brushing your teeth in the kitchen sink hygienic? Maybe not. But note that what makes your kitchen hygienic is not whether you brush your teeth there or not. It’s a matter of how clean you keep it. So if you keep a lot of dirty dishes, but you don’t brush your teeth in your kitchen sink, it’s still very unhygienic.
Lastly, It’s just a matter of personal taste and how germophobic you are. If you feel it’s unacceptable for you, then fine, it’s your sink after all.
If you ever have to brush your teeth in the kitchen sink for any reason, you should clean it properly and rinse it with preferably hot water.