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Is it Alright to Borrow Your Spouse's Toothbrush?

Posted on 6/20/2016 by Fady Ebid
A woman holding her husband’s orange toothbrush.If you are like most people, the thought of sharing a toothbrush probably grosses you out a little bit, but what if you are really in a bind?

Perhaps you have traveled or gone out of town and you forgot your toothbrush, but your spouse has his. Does it really matter if you share just this once?

Sharing a Toothbrush is Bad for Your Health

Most dentists will recommend that you avoid sharing a toothbrush at all costs. If you share a brush, an exchange of body fluids will take place that can increase your risk of developing an infection.

The oral bacteria and germs present in the other person's mouth can enter your mouth and potentially even your blood stream. This is an important consideration for people who might have an infectious disease or a compromised immune system.

Your toothbrush can also spread things like the common cold or even bugs that might result in the flu or a sore throat. However, the effects won't be the same for everyone - the quantity of bacteria, type present, and the status of your oral environment will all impact whether or not these bacteria can establish themselves in your mouth.

Sharing a Toothbrush with Your Spouse

If for some reason you do choose to share a toothbrush with someone, your spouse is probably your best option. You have likely already been exposed to their germs and the bacteria in their mouth, so sharing a toothbrush probably won't expose you to anything new.

However, even if you could get away with sharing a toothbrush with your spouse without getting ill, you should still make an effort to get your own brush as soon as possible.

Do you have questions about how to better care for your teeth? Contact our office and set up an appointment today.

Preparing For Your Visit
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve full dental health. We ask that you complete your Patient Forms a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled appointment with Lake Pointe Dental - Marietta. This allows our front office team to fully prepare your dental insurance benefits for a comprehensive consultation.

Questions? Please feel welcome to call or email us for assistance.

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