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. As a vital part of your oral care routine, when you share your toothbrush, you likely do more harm than good with the spread of bacteria.
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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 and staphylococci. While not all of the bacteria found in the mouth can be harmful, there is 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.
Apart from the potential for 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 harm 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:
Before and after each use, some dentists suggest rinsing your toothbrush with hot water. You can do this simple step every day with minimal effort.
Sometimes storing your toothbrush next to others can spread bacteria as easily as if you were swapping toothbrushes. Ensure your toothbrush is not coming in contact with another person’s brush to avoid spreading bacteria from brush to brush.
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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