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Old 06 April 2017, 09:04 PM
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Icon86 You're probably brushing your teeth with fecal matter

Your toothbrush is home to plaque, blood and even fecal matter.

Yes, you're probably scrubbing poop particles all over your pearly whites.

http://www.9news.com/news/health/you...tter/429260245
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Old 06 April 2017, 09:44 PM
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What else would one use?
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Old 06 April 2017, 09:56 PM
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Things you are also probably brushing your teeth with: arsenic, barium, benzene, cadmium, cyanide, lead, mercury, toluene, and many, many more.
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Old 06 April 2017, 10:00 PM
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This kind of stuff doesn't faze me. Mites that live in my bed and eat skin flakes? Beats sleeping in a pile of dead skin.
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Old 06 April 2017, 11:04 PM
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Your toothbrush is home to plaque, blood and even fecal matter.
Oh, plaque. I read that as plague at first.

Honestly that one kind of seems kind of obvious. I mean you use your toothbrush to remove plaque from your teeth, so of course plaque ends up on your toothbrush. Where else is it going to go?
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Old 07 April 2017, 01:41 AM
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In most Japanese homes, even most (but not all) flats, the sink and bath are completely separate from the toilet. So if that's the problem, no problem.
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Old 07 April 2017, 03:02 AM
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Mythbusters did a test on this. It didn't matter where you kept the toothbrush, fecal matter is everywhere.
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Old 07 April 2017, 03:24 AM
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Well, it's in the kitchen too then, I guess. (The article just says they tested "outside the bathroom" not everywhere. Not that I've ever been impressed with Mythbusters scientific rigour but that's another conversation...)
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Old 07 April 2017, 03:30 AM
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The important thing to remember is that you've been doing this for years with no ill effects.
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Old 07 April 2017, 03:45 AM
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Well, it's in the kitchen too then, I guess. (The article just says they tested "outside the bathroom" not everywhere. Not that I've ever been impressed with Mythbusters scientific rigour but that's another conversation...)
Well, aside from Mythbusters, we could extrapolate from other tests that have found fecal matter outside bathrooms, as well as all manner of germy things.

I'm really unperturbed by this, actually. What crockoduck said sums it up for me.
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Old 07 April 2017, 03:52 AM
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I'm unpreturbed (unpreturded? there's a pun there somewhere but it stinks) too but I'm not so sure it has no ill effects. I would seriously doubt it has no positive effects either since we evolved to live in it - probably a lot more of it than we do now.
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The sense of smell works by pieces of whatever your smelling getting into your nose. When you sit on the toilet and smell your business, you're inhaling far more fecal matter than what's getting on your toothbrush.
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Old 07 April 2017, 06:04 AM
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I've explained that to the toothbrush several times but he is inconsolable.
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The sense of smell works by pieces of whatever your smelling getting into your nose. When you sit on the toilet and smell your business, you're inhaling far more fecal matter than what's getting on your toothbrush.
Not really.
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"Fecal matter?!" you exclaim as you spit out the glass of dinosaur pee you were drinking.
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We just need to start wiping our bottoms with toothpaste to even things out.
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It is widely accepted that the ingestion of some fecal matter is good for you. That's how bacteria that make your guts work get transferred across the population.

Many animals regularly eat the droppings of others for this reason.

People take poop pills. (e.g. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-s...ing-infections)

Some have expressed the concern that on extremely long space fights (measured in generations), the small population and extremely small bacteriome might lead to a failure of the digestive bacteria leading to serous health problems.
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Some have expressed the concern that on extremely long space fights (measured in generations), the small population and extremely small bacteriome might lead to a failure of the digestive bacteria leading to serous health problems.
Interesting, but I would imagine moving cultures of bacteria would be trivial compared to the problem of moving people. Which isn't to say it's an insignificant problem, just that, as a known (or anticipated problem) the solution ought to be simple enough, all things considered.
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Interesting, but I would imagine moving cultures of bacteria would be trivial compared to the problem of moving people. Which isn't to say it's an insignificant problem, just that, as a known (or anticipated problem) the solution ought to be simple enough, all things considered.
The issue is the lack of spontaneous developing diversity. You can take a butt-load (giggle) of bacteria with you but that isn't what is needed. What is needed is a large enough population of people and bacteria for the needed bacteria to evolve naturally in response to the characteristics of diet and life. It is unlikely that suitable bacteria exist on Earth now since they would not be needed and have not been selected for the peculiarities of multi-generational space travel in a very limited biome.
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