Do you ever consider using someone else’s toothbrush? Do you think using a toothbrush isn’t a problem, especially if you’re only sharing with a significant other? Would you be surprised to learn that you should actually never share your toothbrush with anyone? As you’ve probably guessed, you also shouldn’t lend your toothbrush to anyone. You see, there are a number of health risks that could follow sharing a toothbrush. Sadly, these risks can affect your whole body.
There are a number of germs that reside in the human mouth. One in particular, called streptococcus mutan, is what builds up plaque and causes cavities. Unfortunately, this germs is extremely contagious. In fact, it can even be spread by sharing a fork or a water bottle. While this can be a problem, there are other bacteria that can do even more harm.
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. Eli J. Lawrence and our team will also be glad to answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment with us, please call Eli Lawrence, DDS at 312-236-9895. We are eager to receive your call.