The Consequences of Sharing a Toothbrush

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Do you ever consider using someone else’s toothbrush? Do you think using a toothbrush isn’t a problem, especially if you’re only sharing with a significant other? Would you be surprised to learn that you should actually never share your toothbrush with anyone? As you’ve probably guessed, you also shouldn’t lend your toothbrush to anyone. You see, there are a number of health risks that could follow sharing a toothbrush. Sadly, these risks can affect your whole body.

You see, several different types of bacteria reside in your mouth. Sadly, the bacteria that causes cavities, which is also known as streptococcus mutans, is extremely contagious. In other words, sharing a toothbrush can actually increase your chances of getting a cavity. Similarly, sharing a toothbrush can also carry other bacteria that you should avoid.

Similarly, many people bleed when they brush their teeth. In other words, if you share your toothbrush, you could also be sharing blood and saliva as well. This can be a serious issue because you could be exposing yourself to blood borne viruses such as herpes and hepatitis.

Sadly, there are more serious diseases that can live in your mouth and on your toothbrush. For instance, gum disease can be caused by the bacteria in your toothbrush, and can lead to serious infections all over your body. Sadly, a frayed toothbrush can be a home for the bacteria that causes pneumonia. Similarly, a toothbrush can also carry the HPV virus. This virus has been linked to esophageal, cervical, and oral cancers.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will be glad to assess the health of our smile. Dr. Timothy Collier and our team will also be glad to answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment with us, please call Dental Associates of Manchester at 563-927-4746. We are eager to receive your call.