Sharing Your Toothbrush: The Facts

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Do you brush and floss your teeth regularly? Do you schedule regular appointments with a dentist? Do you ever wonder if there’s anything else you should consider doing? In reality, there are a number of common habits that could actually lead to a number of problems. For example, would you be surprised to hear that sharing your toothbrush might actually cause serious problems.

You see, if you borrow a toothbrush you might be exposing your smile to bad bacteria. Sadly, different people have different germs and bacteria in their mouth. This means different toothbrushes can actually house different germs and bacteria. Furthermore, some people’s gums bleed when they clean their teeth. Like germs, brushes can harbor blood. This can also cause a number of serious problems, including blood-borne illnesses such as herpes and hepatitis.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your teeth clean if you ever find yourself without a toothbrush. Of course, if you’re worried about your breath, you could use a mint or mouthwash. Eating an apple or drinking peppermint tea could also help.
To learn more about what you can do if you don’t have your toothbrush in Orem, Utah, or would like to set up an appointment with
Dr. David Barry, we invite you to contact Barry Family Dental by calling 801-226-0441. We’re excited to hear from you.