How gross is it to share my part­ner’s tooth­brush?

Women's Health (UK) - - IN THE KNOW -

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

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