Germs are everywhere. They live in every part of our body and are a natural and often helpful part of our environment. In our homes, millions of germs can be found on everyday items such as toothbrushes, towels and handles — most often in the kitchen and bathroom.
While most germs are harmless, others that enter your mouth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and other problems. Germs that can cause disease are called pathogens. You may also develop overall health issues as certain pathogens make their way into your bloodstream. So how do you protect yourself?