Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, adds: “The mouth harbours hundreds of different kinds of bacteria, that can be easily transferred from one person to another. You can control this by only using your own toothbrush.
One type of bacteria you can share with a toothbrush is streptococcus mutans. This type of bacteria lives in just about everyone’s mouth. … If someone has more of these bacteria in their mouth because of poor oral hygiene, you may get more too by sharing their toothbrush, increasing your risk of decay.
Probably best to avoid long-term sharing, however. “If the person you are sharing with is a close intimate partner and they are unconcerned, brush your teeth,” Dr Frick says. “Otherwise one night off will not matter. It takes more than one night of ‘tooth neglect’ to cause either periodontal disease or dental decay.”
Can I use my wifes toothbrush?
That 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 can go back and forth between the two of you, and this can be dangerous because of the potential for spreading harmful bacteria.
After 438 responses, the poll broke down pretty evenly, with 54 percent saying sharing a toothbrush was normal and 46 percent saying gross.
“When it comes to kissing versus sharing a toothbrush, both activities run the risk of passing on those nasty bugs,” says Hapak. … The bottom line is that toothbrushes can harbour nasty bacteria that lead to disease, cavities and tooth decay — something we can all do without, especially in a time of pandemic.
Is sharing a toothbrush the same as kissing?
“Sharing a toothbrush is probably about the same as kissing,” says Ryder, when asked about the risks of swapping infections. “The difference with a kiss is that you’re transmitting saliva, too, so the bacteria may be able to survive a little better in that saliva.”
How do you disinfect a toothbrush?
Boil a small pot of water on the stove and dip the head of your toothbrush in the rolling boil for at least three minutes to kill most germs. Make sure to rinse your brush under cold water afterwards to bring it back to a safe temperature and wait a few more minutes before using it to avoid burns!
What diseases can you get from sharing a toothbrush?
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.
How long do germs live on a toothbrush?
“While flu viruses may survive on toothbrushes for up to three days after first exposure, you don’t have to throw out your toothbrush just because you’ve been sick.” Desai said as long as they’re your own germs, you don’t have to worry.