Do not share toothbrush! – We know that love is about sharing everything with each other but definitely not your toothbrush! Why???
Other than the ‘yuck’ part, sharing your toothbrush can lead to many health-related issues – negatively.
Out of ignorance and so on, yes some people do share toothbrushes with either their partner, friends or siblings. Simple act of sharing a toothbrush can compromise your health in more ways than you might imagine.
Many specialists in dentistry have said that “Your mouth is the gateway to your health” and when you share toothbrushes you are opening that gateway to a lot of problems you’d be better off avoiding.
Many of those problems are serious and some can come with long-term implications.
These are the reasons why sharing a toothbrush is a bad idea!
A toothbrush can easily spread blood-borne illnesses. Why is that? When some people brush, their gums bleed. That can result in exposure to bacteria and viruses that can enter the bloodstream. Ewww, NO thanks!!
A toothbrush can harbor streptococcus mutans — the same bacteria responsible for MRSA infections, flesh-eating bacteria, and tooth decay.
A toothbrush can expose you to what someone else ate for dinner, possibly even the day before. That is especially true when that person fails to rinse or brush properly. Yuck!!
Viruses such as the herpes simplex type one can be spread with toothbrush use. This is the same virus responsible for oral and genital herpes. Another virus that can spread with toothbrush sharing is HPV (human papillomavirus). That virus is linked to esophageal, oral and cervical cancers.
Perhaps you don’t think about a toothbrush as a potential growing bacteria, but fungi such as “candida” (the fungus responsible for diaper rash and yeast infections) can live on toothbrushes.
One of the most common oral infections is periodontitis, which can be spread via the toothbrush. There are a lot of implications to that, such as the potential loss of teeth. In the worst-case scenario, periodontal disease is not just a problem that’s limited to the mouth. Periodontal disease can affect the whole body.
A large number of the issues sneaking in those bristles additionally are valid justifications to routinely discard your toothbrush and change it with a new one. We advise you to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3-4 months.
There are plenty of things in the world you can share. A toothbrush shouldn’t be one of them. It is barely a good decision to do so. In simple words, treat your toothbrush like your passwords – choose a good one, do not share it with anyone and change it occasionally (every 3 months).
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Contact information as per shown below.
KLINIK PERGIGIAN 1ST DENTAL BUKIT JELUTONG
2-1-01 D’Vida Jalan Bazar U8/101
Bukit Jelutong, 40150 Shah Alam,
0378596757 / 0122175857 / 01161114972
KLINIK PERGIGIAN 1st DENTAL TAMAN EHSAN, KEPONG
No 2423-1, Jalan E3 6, Taman Ehsan
52100 Kuala Lumpur.
0362748710 / 0122955857