Sharing is not caring when it comes to your toothbrush! We know there can be instances when your toothbrush may not be around. You may find yourself at an impromptu sleepover with a date, or you forgot to pack it for your last-minute vacation. Whatever the reasoning is, it is best to avoid even thinking about borrowing one from your friend or partner.
Bacteria can be spread from person to person very easily via kissing, drinking from the same glass or using somebody else’s toothbrush. If you think of it, all of these actions include swapping spit. A toothbrush is very personal to each mouth because it can harbor millions of bacteria, including E. coli bacteria and staphylococci bacteria. While not all of the bacteria found in the mouth can be harmful there are a handful that can lead to illness and infection—for this reason alone, it is best to use your own personal care items such as your toothbrush
Although this information can seem alarming, bacteria and germs are a part of our daily lives. Our body’s immune system has naturally fighting powers to deal with bacteria every single day.
Apart from the potential of illness and infection, sharing a toothbrush can also transfer old food particles that may be stuck on the brush, and into your mouth. Although this may not be harmful to your health, it is quite disgusting to think about.
All in all, it is best to use your own toothbrush to avoid illness and the transfer of food particles and bacteria.
Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your toothbrush is squeaky clean:
Clean your toothbrush
Before and after each use, some dentists suggest rinsing your toothbrush with hot water. This is a simple step that you can do every day with minimal effort.
Avoid storing toothbrushes side by side
Sometimes storing your toothbrush next to others can spread bacteria as if you were swapping toothbrushes! Make sure your toothbrush is not coming in contact with another person’s brush to avoid spreading bacteria from brush to brush.
Clean toothbrush covers and holders
Bacteria from your toothbrush can get on any toothbrush covers or holders you may use to hold your toothbrush.
Be sure to clean your toothbrush covers and holders at least every two weeks.
It is not necessary to cover your toothbrush, but if you choose to, be sure to let it air dry beforehand. Covering a wet toothbrush can lead to even more bacteria growth on the bristles.
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