The slip-up

YOU USE A TOOTH­BRUSH THAT ISN’T YOURS

Prevention (Australia) - - Health News -

THE WORST THAT COULD HAP­PEN

In the­ory, it’s pretty grim: you could get pe­ri­odon­tal dis­ease or, if the tooth­brush owner cur­rently has a fever blis­ter, oral her­pes, which causes cold sores. If your gums bleed and bac­te­ria en­ters your blood­stream, you’re also at risk of hep­ati­tis, HIV and other com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases.

WHAT WILL PROB­A­BLY HAP­PEN

If the tooth­brush owner has a cold, you might get one, too. The re­al­ity is that peo­ple who live to­gether will spread bac­te­ria in many ways, such as by kiss­ing and shar­ing drinks, says den­tist Dr Justin Sy­camore. “Shar­ing a tooth­brush is gross, but it’s prob­a­bly not much more harm­ful than many of the other things cou­ples and fam­i­lies do.” Still freaked out? Grab a strong mouth­wash. “If you rinse with it im­me­di­ately af­ter the tooth­brush con­tact, you should min­imise the ex­po­sure,” Sy­camore says.

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