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Do you ever consider using someone else’s toothbrush? Do you think using a toothbrush isn’t a problem, especially if you’re only sharing with a significant other? Would you be surprised to learn that you should actually never share your toothbrush with anyone? As you’ve probably guessed, you also shouldn’t lend your toothbrush to anyone. You see, there are a number of health risks that could follow sharing a toothbrush. Sadly, these risks can affect your whole body.

You see, several different types of bacteria reside in your mouth. Sadly, the bacteria that causes cavities, which is also known as streptococcus mutans, is extremely contagious. In other words, sharing a toothbrush can actually increase your chances of getting a cavity. Similarly, sharing a toothbrush can also carry other bacteria that you should avoid.

Similarly, many people bleed when they brush their teeth. In other words, if you share your toothbrush, you could also be sharing blood and saliva as well. This can be a serious issue because you could be exposing yourself to blood borne viruses such as herpes and hepatitis.

A toothbrush can also carry bacteria that causes pneumonia. Similarly, a toothbrush can carry the HPV virus. This virus has been linked to different kinds of cancers. While you may not suffer any of these consequences after sharing a toothbrush, it is typically safer to avoid the practice altogether. Similarly, as you’ve probably guessed, please refrain from using a toothbrush as well.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will be glad to assess the health of our smile. Dr. Susan Chmiel and our team will also be glad to answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment with us, please call Drs. Timothy Ross & Susan Chmiel at 414-525-0300. We are eager to receive your call.