Toothbrush: Should You Share
Have you ever had someone ask to use your toothbrush? You probably wondered if you should share, but thought it couldn’t cause any serious trouble. Unfortunately, sharing your toothbrush can actually lead to another of series problems—even if you just share once. As you’ve probably guessed, a toothbrush can hold many germs, and you could be unintentionally introducing new germs into your mouth when you share your brush.
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.
There are other serious diseases that can live on toothbrushes. For instance, a frayed toothbrush could harbor serious issues, such as the germs that harbor pneumonia. Similarly, toothbrushes can carry HPV, which has been linked to esophageal, oral, and cervical cancers. Finally, sharing a toothbrush can make you more likely to have gum disease.
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. Lifepoint Dental Partners and our team will also be glad to answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment with us, please call Lifepoint Dental Partners at 515-965-5999. We are eager to receive your call.