Is Sharing a Toothbrush Really That Bad?

Is Sharing a Toothbrush Really That Bad?

DANGERS OF SHARING A TOOTHBRUSH

 

While sharing a toothbrush may sound pretty disgusting, can it really be that bad for you? You figure you

share a fork or kiss your significant other all the time and nothing happens so is sharing a tooth brush

really that different? The answer is – YES! Maybe you’re at a friend’s home and you forgot your

toothbrush so you think you’ll just borrow theirs or you use your spouse’s by accident. No big deal, right?

What’s the worst that can happen? Well, hold onto your dental floss because it is a big deal and here’s why:

 

WHAT’S ON THAT BRUSH?

 

Whatever bacteria or germs that person has in their mouth is going to transfer to your mouth via that

toothbrush. The best case scenario is you just get a cold or the flu. However, that toothbrush could also

contain disease-causing bacteria and viruses, like staph or E. coli. If you shared a toothbrush that belongs

to someone who has Herpes Simplex Type One, you will be at risk for contracting it. This is the virus that

causes oral and genital herpes. If that person has a fever blister, guess what’s on that toothbrush you just

used?  Ewww.

GROSS!

Toothbrushes can also harbor the human papillomavirus (HPV) that is linked to oral, esophageal, and

cervical cancers. This virus can be transmitted through saliva or sharing a toothbrush. Viruses and even

parasites are pretty hard to kill and can live on metal and plastic or the bristles of the toothbrush for

several days!  These parasites can move to other parts of your body and lead to even more health issues.

Yuck!

Wait. What?????

If your gums were to bleed and bacteria from that toothbrush got into your bloodstream, you could be at

risk for hepatitis, HIV or other communicable diseases. Candida is the fungus that causes yeast infections

and diaper rash and it likes to live on toothbrushes so this is another little gift you can pick up too.

DON’T WORRY THOUGH, IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD.

Sharing a toothbrush

If you do use someone’s toothbrush by accident or on purpose,

you might want to rinse your mouth with an antibacterial

mouthwash as soon as possible to minimize any contagious

germs. Your best bet is not to do it in the first place but

accidents do happen.  Having a travel toothbrush is always a

good idea and a safe way to keep your mouth fresh and teeth

sparkling!