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Why You Should Never Share a Toothbrush

Posted on 3/27/2016 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A collection of toothbrushes in a glass jar.You're out of town and realize that you've forgotten your toothbrush. You'll just borrow your spouse's, or your sister's, or a friend's. No big deal - right? No way! In fact, there are a variety of reasons that you should never share a toothbrush - with anyone.

Risk of Infection

According to the Chicago Dental Society, when kids use each other's toothbrushes, they are at a higher risk for developing an infection that can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

This is because there are high amounts of fungus and bacteria on each of our toothbrushes that will get transferred into your mouth when you swap brushes. Specifically, bacteria known as streptococcus mutans can be transferred, and these bacteria are contagious and are known to cause dental cavities.

Gum Diseases

When you brush your teeth, you could cause bleeding of the gums, especially if you have gingivitis. This can expose you to diseases that are transferred via the blood. You'll essentially be sharing blood with your toothbrush partner, putting yourself at risk for a bloodstream disease like hepatitis.

Toothbrush Breakdown

When compared to disease and infection, toothbrush breakdown might not sound like as much of a concern, but it is one that should be considered if you are thinking about sharing a toothbrush. You should be using your toothbrush at least twice a day, so if you share it, your brush is going to break down a lot faster.

If you are following the three-month rule for changing brushes, your toothbrush could become ineffective long before that. The breakdown of your bristles could cause your gums to be injured and recede, and you could also experience bristles that break off in your mouth.

The bottom line is to never brush your teeth with someone else's toothbrush. Find an alternative to keep your teeth healthy and safe.

Please contact us if you have any questions about sharing toothbrushes.
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