What Really Happens If You Share A Toothbrush?

  • By Joel Snyder
  • 02 Dec, 2016

The situation:   You wake up, go to the bathroom, and groggily brush your teeth after a late night. Then you look down and—gasp—it's not your   toothbrush. Or maybe you find yourself at your significant other's place without your own gear and figure it couldn't hurt to borrow a 'brush. But a moment later, you wonder, "What have I done?"

What you're worried about:   "What if I catch some weird mouth disease! HIV! Hepatitis! Zika!"

The very worst thing that could happen:   In theory, it's pretty grim. A review of case   studies, published in   Nursing Study and Practice , found that toothbrushes often   contain disease-causing bacteria   and viruses such as staph,   E. coli , and   Pseudomonas . You could get a periodontal disease, or oral herpes (which causes cold sores) if the toothbrush's owner currently has a fever blister. If your gums bleed and bacteria enters your bloodstream, you're even at risk for hepatitis, HIV, and other communicable diseases. ( The Power Nutrient Solution  is the first-ever plan that tackles the root cause of virtually every major ailment and   health   condition; get your copy today!)

"Whatever bacteria is in that person's mouth, you're going to get it in your mouth," says Marco Coppola, DO, chief medical officer and vice president for medical affairs at Family ER + Urgent Care in Irving, TX. And it's certainly possible to catch a cold, flu, or sore throat from germs that may be hanging out on those bristles. "Viruses are pretty hard to kill, and they can live a couple of days on plastic and metal," Coppola says.

What will probably happen: You likely won't catch anything more serious than a cold, which won't happen as long as you don't share spit when your partner is sick. "The reality is that people living together will spread bacteria in many ways," says Justin Sycamore, DDS, a dentist in Thousand Oaks, CA. "Kissing, sharing food and drinks, and holding hands will all cause the transfer of bacteria. Sharing a toothbrush is gross, but it's probably little more harmful than many of the other things that couples and families do."

Still freaked out? Grab some strong mouthwash, like Listerine. "If you rinse with it immediately after the toothbrush contact, you should minimize or even negate the exposure," says Sycamore.

Still, if you don't know someone very well, or you see a   cold or fever blister, it's safer to skip the toothbrush swap. And everyone should be replacing her toothbrush every 3 months and after any illness, such as a   stomach   bug or the flu. "That prevents contamination again in the future," says Cyndi Blalock, DDS, a dentist in St. Peters, MO. "Even to yourself."


Originally Posted On:  http://www.prevention.com/health/what-if-you-share-a-toothbrush

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