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10 Things That Are Surprisingly Cleaner Than Your Mouth

NOPE NOPE NOPE. Cleaning it up is easy with Orbit Gum.

Your mouth can be incredibly dirty.

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It has been estimated that there are approximately 100 million microbes of bacteria for every milliliter of saliva (100,000,000 per ml) and anywhere from 400 to 600 different species.

1. An Elementary School Student's Hand

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Kids can be dirtygross, but not nearly as dirtygross as your mouth (1,500 bacteria per square inch).

2. Toilet Seats


We don't recommend licking one any time soon, but it has less bacteria (3,200 bacteria per square inch).

3. The Gowanus Canal

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Brooklyn's aqua horror show is roughly 60x cleaner than your mouth (16,000 bacteria per ml).

4. Beards


Even though your face hair is exposed to all the elements, it's still filled with less bacteria (20,000 bacteria per beard).

5. Pee


Pee is 1,000x cleaner than your mouth (100,000 bacteria per ml).

6. Water Fountains

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Maybe just buy a bottle of water? (2.7 million bacteria per square inch).

7. Subway Poles


Quantity varies from train to train, but there aren't nearly as many species on the poles as there are in your mouth (137 species).

8. Hotel Bathrooms

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It's no secret that these rooms are covered in germs but, lucky for you, it's still cleaner than your mouth (500 species).

9. Cockroaches / Via

They're the ickiest things on the planet, but they're no match for your saliva (33 species).

10. Public Hot Tubs

Make sure to chew Orbit gum after meals and snacks to give you a just brushed clean feeling!

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