Is it Safe to Share a Toothbrush together with your Spouse?
Posted on 2/29/2020 by Ranches Family Dental
You share everything with your spouse… the ups and downs, you share a bed, sometimes you share clothes, and often times you share toothbrushes, right? Come one now, admit it you do.
What you should NEVER do is share a toothbrush with your spouse
Why? I mean, why not, you share everything else…. almost. After all, most spouses kiss frequently, swapping spit as the saying goes. You might even take food off each other's fork. What is the big deal about sharing a toothbrush?
You might be surprised, but it is a very big deal and it makes a very big difference. Yes, you will share saliva and germs when you kiss or drink from the same glass, but sharing a toothbrush is a whole other story. Here is what everyone should know about the potential dangers of sharing a toothbrush.
The Risks Involved
First and foremost, you are sharing harmful bacteria. Your mouth is swimming with bacteria, which is why dentists recommend a faithful regimen of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash after every meal, also as regularly scheduled dental visits for cleaning, checking up and x rays. When you follow this routine, you'll remove leftover food particles and bacteria from the mouth so as to market good oral health.
That being said, it's only natural that bacteria would transfer to the bristles of your toothbrush and from there to your spouse's mouth when he/she uses the toothbrush next. In this way, bacteria go back and forth between the two of you, and this is quite dangerous because of the potential for spreading harmful bacteria.
In addition to transferring bacteria by sharing a toothbrush, there is an even greater risk factor. Vigorous brushing could lead to bleeding gums or other mouth surfaces, and this could allow form harmful germs to get into the bloodstream.
Why are you sharing? Sometimes it is convenient to share a toothbrush, or it may be a way to say you are absolutely comfortable sharing everything. Do your marriage a favor and use separate toothbrush – there really are just some things even spouses should not share.
We encourage you and your spouse though to give our office a call together and come in for an appointment together for your regular 6 month check-up. We would love to hear from you.