Dr Frick says “it’s probably a good point” that toothbrush sharing isn’t much different to kissing, but says “if your partner catches a viral infection, the shared toothbrush may be responsible for the transmission of the virus to you”. “It’s a better idea to have your own toothbrush. It’s low risk.”
Can couples use the same toothbrush?
Dr Atkins says: “Although it may seem like a kind gesture to share your toothbrush, it really is not a very good idea. Sharing a toothbrush leaves you susceptible to all sorts of oral and general health problems.
Is sharing a toothbrush worse than kissing?
Kissing ‘bathes’ germs in saliva (yum) whereas brushing scrubs someone else’s germs into your mouth, says expert.
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.
Streptococcus mutans – a harmful bacteria that is responsible for MRSA infections and tooth decay – can be found on toothbrushes, and could lead to severe illness. Even worse, when you share a toothbrush, the amount of bacteria found on it increases with every use, and you’re more likely to pick up a harmful infection.
After 438 responses, the poll broke down pretty evenly, with 54 percent saying sharing a toothbrush was normal and 46 percent saying gross.
Can you catch anything 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.
Yes more than one person use the unit. Most of the philips brushes come with colored rings to differentiate between brush heads to differentiate them when sharing the same unit.
Is sharing toothpaste gross?
There are no reports of communicable pathogens from sharing toothpaste. Its okay to share your toothpaste,but never your toothbrush. I’ve shared toothpaste for decades and have found no ill effects. The only negative is disagreements on where to squeeze the tube and putting the cap back on.
Can you get chlamydia from sharing a toothbrush?
It is possible to transmit a disease if both people have open cuts that touch, but swapping saliva on a toothbrush, glass or cheek won’t increase your risk of transmission or infection.
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.