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Toothbrush keeps turning pink!

I have been having a strange problem for the past five months or so.  I use a sonicare toothbrush and the bristles keep turning pink right away after use.  I thought at first it was serratia marcascens in the bathroom and that it was growing on my brush because it was wet.  I always let it airdry and never put it in the case.  The weird part, though, is that my toothbrush is the only one in the bathroom that turns pink.  My boyfriends sonicare is fine, and my daughter's is fine.  The problem seems to be isolated only to me.  Around the same time my toothbrush started turning pink I also had developed a persistent ear infection and pain behind my right eye.  This seems to be getting better now with antibiotics but the pink toothbrush problem still exists.  In addition, I have had extreme surface staining of my teeth for the past year.  I had my teeth cleaned and within two months, I had staining again.  I use regular colgate toothpaste (not whitening or tartar control) and don't use any mouth rinses.

This is driving me crazy thinking that I have gum disease or a systemic bacterial infection!  My dentist says he has never heard of a toothbrush turning pink.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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I forgot to mention that my gums are not bleeding.
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To me it seems that there can only be two causes, and you already mentioned them. Slightly bleeding gums, or some sort of bacteria on your brush. As an experiment I suggest that you get a manual toothbrush and use that for a week or two and see what happens.
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Thanks for your response! I have tried that already.  Unfortunately, the manual brushes turn pink too (again, mine is the only one in the household that does this).  At my last dental checkup, my dentist didn't express any concerns about gum disease, but asked me if I used Crest Prohealth because of all the staining.  I have never used any mouthwash as it just dries me out.

It's very frustrating as my dentist tells me to ask my doctor, and my doctor tells me to ask the dentist....so, that's why I'm here.  :)  If I don't receive any hits, I'll probably move on to bacterial infection forums and try there.  It's worth a shot.  
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If your toothbrush gets pink it is a sign of active periodontal disease. If your insurance doesnt cover dental cleaning or rutine periodontal check ups then your dentist will not bother checking. It is related to your overall health and it specifically affects your gums and your teeth. If you do not investigate and arrest a periodontal disease you can get an asymptomatic infection and lose all your teeth at an early age. Its serious
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I appreciate your response, and it is definitely a concern that I have not yet ruled out.  I am making an appt with my dentist to have myself checked out.  However, just to be clear, my gums are not bleeding.  The pink on the toothbrush develops overnight and continues to get worse each time I use it.  The pink doesn't immediately appear.  In addition, I just bought a Sonicare UV sanitizer and since I've been using it, the pink on my toothbrush has all but disappeared.  That, of course, is not to say that the problem has been eradicated, but it is indicative of bacteria causing the discoloration.  This is just a "self-diagnosis."   I agree with you that the health of teeth and gums is very important and I'm absolutely going to check it out just to make sure.  After my appt, I'll post back and let you know if you were right!  No offense, but I hope not! :D
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I am a Dental Hygienist and i deal with this "pink brush" problem all the times. Of course your GP will be able to diagnose your oral tissue conditions better. Just so you know using an electrical toothbrush could either progress or regress your conditions. How?
Well if you dont use it properly then it will regress your conditions.
If you are pregnant, suffer from blood disorders or take any blood thinner medications you need to let your Dentist know ASAP.
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Hi,

I have exactly the same issue after using my sonicare brush about 3-4 times now, I am curious as to after seeing your dentist was your problem resolved? If so what was the cure? I haven't taken an app as yet with my dentist.

Thanks much!
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