How gross is it to share my partner’s toothbrush?
We’ve all been there: you’ve left yours on charge/in your other washbag/at work. But in this instance, sharing isn’t caring. ‘Brushing sometimes causes the gums to bleed, which exposes everyone who shares one toothbrush to bloodstream diseases,’ explains Dr Ben Atkins, clinical director at Revive Dental Care. ‘By sharing a toothbrush, couples may be sharing blood, which is a lot riskier than simply mixing saliva.’ If that’s not enough to gross you out, sharing a toothbrush could essentially render the whole process of brushing redundant. ‘There are many thousands of different strains of bacteria in the mouth and the number varies from person to person,’ Dr Atkins adds. ‘As the purpose of brushing is to remove bacterial plaque, much of the bacteria remain on the bristles.’ So, play swapsies and you’re sharing those germs. If you must share a toothbrush, make it an electric one and get separate attachments. When it comes to toothbrushes, two heads are definitely better than one.
A brush with danger