Why Your Toothbrush Should Remain Yours Alone

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You can enjoy a healthy smile by practicing the basic steps of oral care, including daily brushing and flossing and often seeing your dentist for dental checkups. If you are concerned about protecting your oral health, our dental team will gladly provide additional tips on protecting your dental health from outside risks. We encourage you to refrain from every sharing a toothbrush with another person, as this could also share harmful bacteria and illnesses.

Your mouth contains both good and bad bacteria, which may attach to your toothbrush when you clean your teeth. While this shouldn’t affect your own oral health (unless you were recently sick), harmful bacteria could affect someone else’s smile when they borrow your toothbrush. The transfer of bacteria may cause the second user to develop oral issues or illnesses as a result. For example, if you have a a blood-borne illnesses such as herpes or hepatitis and your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, the illness could transfer to someone else through your toothbrush.

Instead of borrowing an oral care product from a friend when you don’t have your own on hand, we invite you to use some quick tips to freshen your smile temporarily. Foul breath and fuzzy teeth can be improved with a mint, a swig of mouthwash, snacking on an apple, or sipping some peppermint tea until you are able to properly brush your teeth.

Please feel free to call Samuel D. Knight, DDS at 801-731-3200 today and arrange to see Drs. Samuel and Spencer Knight if you have questions about the dangers of sharing a toothbrush in Farr West, Utah.