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Sharing Toothbrushes Is A " No-No!"

Updated on April 10, 2017
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Retired clinical dental assistant instructor from S.F.V.A.M.C..and wrote articles on preventive dentistry for employee newspaper.

Never Share Your Toothbrush With Another Person.

One morning when my husband, Bob came out of the bathroom after brushing his teeth I went right behind him to brush my teeth. But, when I picked up my toothbrush I had noticed that the bristles on it were wet.

Then I immediately went to Bob and asked him did he use my toothbrush to brush his teeth. He said, " no dear, because after I had squirted some toothpaste on it I had noticed that I had mistakenly picked up your toothbrush."

So, I quickly rinsed it off with water and put it back where you had it. Then he replied, " what difference does it make anyway weather I had used it or not? I told him, " because I didn't want to use my toothbrush with your germs on it".

Then he said, " why should it matter anyway besides, when we kiss each other we could be passing germs to each other without giving a second thought about it." Then I told him, because I had read an article in a health magazine that stated, if you share a toothbrush with another individual you could be transmitting germs, bacteria and diseases from person to person with contact with their blood or saliva.

From example: Even though your gums do not bleed when you brush and floss your teeth you still may have gum disease. Studies have shown that 1 out of 5 people have gum disease and not even know they have it.


That's why the Center Of Disease Control And Prevention recommends that a toothbrush should only be used by one person. Because sharing a toothbrush is a possible source of disease transmission if your saliva or blood contains the following:

* Hepatitis B- A blood-borne disease.

* Hepatitis C- A bloodborne disease, the symptoms are similar to hepatitis B.

* HIV/AIDS-( Human Immunodeficiency Virus), and AIDS, (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). This virus destroys immune system cells.

* HPV- (Human Papilloma Virus), are responsible for warts such as oral papilloma.

* Cold sores (( fever blisters; Herpes Simplex Virus), A common, contagious viral infection.

* Mononucleosis, infectious (Mono: " kissing disease"), an infectious viral disease that affects the respiratory system, liver and lymphatic system.

* Gingivitis- Inflammation or infection of the gum, (bleeding gums when brushing or flossing teeth), the early sign of periodontal disease.

* Periodontal disease- Inflammation and infection of the gums. Causes loss of supporting bone, tooth decay and possible tooth loss.

Six Important Guidelines For Toothbrushes To Follow:

1. Do not share a toothbrush with and friend or family member.

2. Make sure each person in your household has their own toothbrush.

3. Store your toothbrushes where they are not touching each other.

4. Discard and replace toothbrushes that had been used to brush the teeth of an infected person's mouth.

5. Do not attempt to clean or disinfect a toothbrush that has been contaminated. Just throw it away and replace it with a new one.

6. Replace your toothbrush if the bristles are worn, every 3 months or with the seasons.

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