Strep throat? Don't toss the toothbrush
Parents often toss their child’s toothbrush after a bout of strep throat, but new research indicates that's probably a waste of good bristles. Researchers compared bacteria growth on toothbrushes to brushes used by 13 patients who had sore throats, but not strep, and toothbrushes used by 27 healthy participants. The strep bacteria only grew on one of the toothbrushes, and it was from a participant who did not have strep throat.
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