Sharing Toothbrushes, Is It Okay?
When it comes to sharing personal items, your toothbrush is one of the most personal things you own. If you have a large family, put a mark on your toothbrush to make sure everyone knows it belongs to you. If you can purchase a small toothbrush cap or case to store your toothbrush in. This protects it from airborne contaminants and will act as a reminder to others not to use your toothbrush. Here’s what we think about sharing toothbrushes:
3 Reasons Not to Share A Toothbrush
Sharing a toothbrush can have consequences you may not realize. We are all taught from a young age to not let others borrow our toothbrush, but as we get older we may not be attentive as we should be, grabbing any toothbrush within reach. The following three reasons are just the start of the list of why we should be more attentive.
Sharing Toothbrushes Spreads Germs
These germs can be both bacterial and viral that can weaken your immune system and makes you more susceptible to the common cold, flu and other illnesses that are easily spread from person to person contact.
Sharing Toothbrushes Makes Your Toothbrush Less Effective
It damages the bristles of the brush so they are less effective at removing food particles and other types of debris from between the teeth.
Sharing Toothbrushes Changes the pH Balance of Your Mouth
When another person uses your toothbrush, their saliva covers the bristles. Even if you rinse it thoroughly, it can be transferred to your mouth when you brush. Their saliva may be more acidic than yours which can lead to the weakening of the enamel of your teeth.
What To Do Instead
Bacteria and viruses that are spread by brushing your teeth with someone else’s toothbrush can lead to strep throat, a sore throat, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. The first sign that periodontal disease is present is your gums bleeding and becoming tender to the touch. You can easily prevent many of these things by simply using your own toothbrush and brushing your teeth every day. Maintaining good oral health means following a simple routine that includes visiting your dentist regularly, brushing and flossing your teeth, and changing your toothbrush every three to four months.
Commercials and advertisements that are designed to sell ADA approved toothbrushes and mouthwashes encourage changing your toothbrush every few months. It’s just as important to not share your toothbrush with others. It should be held as one of your most valued possessions. It’s responsible for helping you to maintain good oral health just as much as it is responsible for helping to minimize the number of bacteria and viruses that find their way into the body. Protect your teeth and stress to others that you shouldn’t share your toothbrush!