Is sharing a toothbrush with someone unhealthy?

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  1. J.S.Matthew profile image81
    J.S.Matthewposted 7 years ago

    Is sharing a toothbrush with someone unhealthy?

  2. jdavis88 profile image95
    jdavis88posted 7 years ago

    Depends on how well you know the other person and how well you feel they stay healthy.  Definitely can pass colds back and forth.

  3. kafsoa profile image71
    kafsoaposted 7 years ago

    Sure it's unhealthy, as you brush your teeth sometimes your gum bleeds even if it was a tiny amount of blood. Many blood diseases can transfere on using someones toothbrush and one of the most dangerous diseases is virus C that might be there for years with no clear symptoms.

  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 7 years ago

    Well think about the brush getting in between someone's teeth, the scraps of food--maybe decayed food, and plaque being brushed away--and then stick that same brush in your own mouth.

    The human mouth is full of germs--unless it was one of my closed family members--no I couldn't do it.  I don't even like to share a soda.

  5. Tamila Roberts profile image36
    Tamila Robertsposted 7 years ago

    Yea, definitely unhealthy. You could share mouth microbes and get more cavities. That means more visits to the dentist! If you really forced to do it then at least make it soak in alcohol first to kill the germs.

  6. Emmeaki profile image60
    Emmeakiposted 7 years ago

    It does seem unhealthy, although we don't think twice about kissing another person or putting our mouths in other places during intimate moments. Still, I would definitely not share a toothbrush with anyone.

  7. Melissa.P profile image60
    Melissa.Pposted 7 years ago

    It is unhealthy because it is a way to spread diseases. Not to mention super gross.

  8. larry1987 profile image53
    larry1987posted 7 years ago

    i cannot agree it any more, even this person is your lover, while every one should use his/her own toothbrush in order to avoid diseases.

  9. Ashantina profile image61
    Ashantinaposted 7 years ago

    ......only as unhealthy as sharing someones underwear........

  10. jacqui2011 profile image81
    jacqui2011posted 7 years ago

    I think this is very unhealthy considering the amount of germs we harbour in our mouths. I just couldn't ever do it, regardless of how close the other person was to me.

  11. Kamalesh050 profile image81
    Kamalesh050posted 7 years ago

    Oh yes, It is very very much unhealthy. I can never share a toothbrush with anyone.

  12. teresa-vivi profile image58
    teresa-viviposted 7 years ago

    it is doubtlessly  unhealthy. But it doesn't matter if the one is your beloved.

  13. BabyCheetah profile image72
    BabyCheetahposted 7 years ago

    I'd say definitely. I wouldn't share my toothbrush with anyone yikes

  14. mishdog profile image56
    mishdogposted 7 years ago

    with a girl no, with a guy yes!

    random point here, but did you know you are not supposed to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth? You are meant to know leave the toothpaste on your teeth else its a waste of time!

  15. profile image47
    Rof4yusufposted 7 years ago

    It is healthy and at the same time unhealthy. Why it is healthy is, if the person has no sore in the mouth and also tested free of diseases such as mouth thrush and so on. But if otherwise please don't try it. diseases can be transmitted through that medium

  16. lilian1 profile image60
    lilian1posted 7 years ago

    I dont think people should share toothbrushes ...

  17. ThelmaC profile image96
    ThelmaCposted 7 years ago

    Absolutely unhealthy!  Not to mention disgusting.

  18. darrenhooper profile image61
    darrenhooperposted 7 years ago

    It is probably not the most healthful thing to do, but considering where else your mouth has been with that person....

  19. Abie Taylor profile image60
    Abie Taylorposted 7 years ago

    yes, it is! What if somebod didn't clean their brush out and all the pluaqe goes on your teeth? What a random question! Who whould say no?

  20. MrsHernandez profile image61
    MrsHernandezposted 7 years ago

    Yes, Imagine the amount of bacteria u can share on from doing that!

  21. theprojectb profile image60
    theprojectbposted 7 years ago

    Seriously it really depends, if one day I go to my girlfriends house and I forgot to bring my toothbrush, i'll just clean her toothbrush and brush my teeths anyways, but if it was anyone elses I would not do it, I don't know where their mouths have been, nor do I want to know.

  22. LeeWalls profile image61
    LeeWallsposted 7 years ago

    That's extremely unhealthy. That's gross. You should change your toothbrush every three months and if you get a sore throat, toss your toothbrush and get a new one.

  23. profile image0
    deadlykingposted 7 years ago

    its very ugly thing? some of husband & wife may be do this !!!!

  24. David Warren profile image83
    David Warrenposted 7 years ago

    YES it is VERY much a health risk, although I can admit my wife and I, on occasion, have done it anyway.

  25. Christine P Ann profile image81
    Christine P Annposted 7 years ago

    ohhhh grose absolutely! i would never do it, not even with my husband.

  26. zob2zob profile image61
    zob2zobposted 7 years ago

    Not the best idea, but my husband and I have often shared a hoiliday tooth brush (one just for that occasion)(he always forgets something) but always have sterilised it first, due to all the bacteria, when its late and only one of you have a toothbrush what else can you do?
    However extremely hot water, boiling if possible will stearilise, better than not cleaning your teeth!!

  27. Airport-Parking profile image60
    Airport-Parkingposted 7 years ago

    Well, sort of, but as some have already said, kissing someone is very much the same, found the following points regarding Kissing that can make sharing a toothbrush seem much less harmful!

    - Kissing prevents cavities and plaque build-up by stimulating saliva production while preventing gingivitis through the calcium present in saliva.

    - Kissing does its part to vaccinate people from new germs. Saliva contains bacteria, 80% of them are common to all people with 20% unique to each person. By sharing saliva with a partner, you are stimulating your immune system to respond to the different bacteria you are being exposed to. The result is that your immune system creates certain anti-bodies to these new bacteria, which in effect vaccinates you against these germs. This process is called cross-immunotherapy.

    - Finally, you may not be surprised to know that kissing offers an express analysis of genetic compatibility. While you are kissing, your brain conducts instant chemical analysis of your partner’s saliva and issues a “verdict” of your genetic compatibility. Think about it. Don’t you know much more about what you like or don’t like in a person after one kiss? And kissing is much more fun than taking a relationship inventory!

  28. profile image0
    JadedLoveposted 7 years ago

    i dont think it matters once or twice, but i wouldnt share with every one night stand you have.....would get kinds crowded on the bristles.

  29. profile image0
    Lesleysherwoodposted 7 years ago

    Yes, its definitely unhealthy.  Regardless if that person is your child, husband, mother, who ever?  You would have to bleach your toothbrush to get rid of the bacteria that's left on it and what is okay for me isn't okay for someone else.  Its not about whether a person is clean or not.  Even if you are both really clean, you shouldn't share your toothbrush.

  30. Rosefall profile image79
    Rosefallposted 7 years ago

    Yes, it's unhealthy! Gross gross gross. Your toothbrush is reaching in and scrubbing the crevices of your mouth and skimming the slime from your enamel. Throw in bloody gingivitis and you add some real nastiness to the picture! Get your own toothbrush!

  31. wengfeng1989 profile image60
    wengfeng1989posted 7 years ago

    it is unhealthy,and I  dont think people should share toothbrushes

  32. wholesaletoys profile image59
    wholesaletoysposted 7 years ago

    It all depends on who you are sharing it with.  If they have a cold and so on.  Please don't share it with your dog...lol.

  33. nancyme profile image60
    nancymeposted 7 years ago

    Yes, definitely. And it's really gross. That reminds me of the How I Met Your Mother episode, anyway.

  34. profile image49
    pria22posted 7 years ago

    It is so unhealthy...Atleast this is some thing we should never share...
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  35. FranYo profile image61
    FranYoposted 7 years ago

    It's so funny to see this oh-so-popular Question here, and SO many emphatic opinions...

    As for me, while I do find myself kinda cringing when my husband needs to use my brush, I realize that we've shared many other orifices and, I'm sure, germs for 25 years.  So, hey, why should I worry?

    Have any of you seen the HS video of all the microbes and bacteria that live on your face, the video of the organisms on your eyelashes alone will make you think twice about some spit on a toothbrush.

  36. Mammas7 profile image71
    Mammas7posted 7 years ago

    Dentist says it is and u should change every three to six months and especially after u had a cold or were sick...hummm, I'm agreeing with dentist!

  37. cosmetic dentists profile image60
    cosmetic dentistsposted 7 years ago

    Seen as there will be bacteria on the toothbrush and germs, I would say it is not a good idea to share a toothbrush with someone. Germs have a habit of getting around the household with little help as it is...

  38. drsohel profile image75
    drsohelposted 7 years ago

    It's definitely unhealthy as there are many disease can be transmitted. But recent days rechargeable electric toothbrushes are available with sanitizer that destroys disease transmitting agent from brush head. These types of brush can be shared. But it's better not to do it. You can use the handles of these brush and just change the brush head.

    To know about these brush visit: http://rechargeabletoothbrushinfo.com

  39. froch profile image78
    frochposted 7 years ago

    I thinks that this is unhealthy ;-) Special if you are sharing it with many people ;-)

  40. sanathara profile image59
    sanatharaposted 7 years ago

    Sharing a toothbrush with someone is unhealthy,not only from hygienic point of view but from a medical point as well.Toothbrushes are used to wipe away the bacteria.Since bacteria are difficult to kill by merely rinsing the toothbrush,though most of us follow the same.If someone else uses that same toothbrush,then all the bacteria transmitted to that person and vice versa.
    In other words it is not just sharing the toothbrush ,but passing bacteria and some contagious disease to each other.

  41. crazymom3 profile image80
    crazymom3posted 7 years ago

    Yes.  Infectious diseases can be easily spread from one person to another and even back to yourself.  For example if you have had the flue or a cold, you can re-infect yourself unless you disinfect the toothbrush by boiling, dipping it in bleach for ten minutes etc., or just throw it away and get a new one.  However, when your kids have dipped your brush in the toilet and you are desperate to brush--I can honestly confess I have used my husband's.  Such is love!! for better or worse!

  42. Blond Logic profile image97
    Blond Logicposted 7 years ago

    Yes definitely. The human mouth harbors more germs than any other part of the body.

    I don't care how clean the other person is or appears to be, I would rather use my finger to brush my teeth than use someone else's toothbrush. Anyone who knows me would never ask to loan my toothbrush.

    I am a pretty easy going person but this is the one thing I draw the line on.

  43. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 7 years ago

    Oh God yes!   Germs galore.  Never!

  44. profile image0
    u01dtj6posted 7 years ago

    Most definitely. Sharing bacteria of the mouth with someone else is very unhealthy. Why would you want to do that anyway?

  45. frugalfamily profile image70
    frugalfamilyposted 7 years ago

    It is very unhealthy because I DON"T SHARE.  So if you are staying at my house, do not attempt to "share" my tooth brush.  Any attempt of that nature is a risk to your health..you follow me?

  46. bonjovigirl2011 profile image61
    bonjovigirl2011posted 7 years ago

    I thnk it is unhealthy cause of monno. If that person is sick with something , you can get it too. Also they say it take hundreds o saliva to get IHV and that is a good start.

  47. luvmygirlz profile image68
    luvmygirlzposted 7 years ago

    I don't know if it's unhealthy, but I would think so. I do know that it's just NASTY to do that though! EWWW

  48. profile image0
    DilaraMawlaMonzurposted 7 years ago

    Just the thought of the idea  gives a sick feeling. Unhygienic indeed!

  49. EQTactics profile image60
    EQTacticsposted 7 years ago

    I believe so because when you use a toothbrush your germs spread all over the handle and bristles so when someone else uses it (Not in the family) they'll get germs on their hands and on their teeth

  50. profile image50
    merrynowickiposted 7 years ago

    I think Something is not shared like our toothbrush and many other its our personal thing so how we can share it.
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