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The harbor of microorganism on used toothbrushes Kandungan organisme mikro pada sikat gigi yang telah digunakan

Asmawati Asmawati

Asmawati Asmawati
Department of Oral Biology, Faculty of Dentistry, Hasanuddin University Makassar, Indonesia. Email: asmaamin68@yahoo.com
Online First: June 30, 2011 | Cite this Article
Asmawati, A. 2011. The harbor of microorganism on used toothbrushes Kandungan organisme mikro pada sikat gigi yang telah digunakan. Journal of Dentomaxillofacial Science 10(2): 76-78.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the microorganisms found on used toothbrushes. In this study 25
toothbrushes were investigated, 10 toothbrushes were used less than 3 months, 10 toothbrushes have been used for
3-6 months, and 5 toothbrushes have been used for more than 6 months. Some gram-positive coccus, such as
Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Diplococcus. The results showed there were microbial harbored of used
toothbrushes. Toothbrushes that have been used for 6 months were harbored more microorganisms than the
toothbrushes that have been used less than 3 months and 3-6 months. It can be concluded that the longer using time
of toothbrush the more increase of microorganism amount found on toothbrush.

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