Why You Shouldn’t Share Your Toothbrush

Why You Shouldn’t Share Your Toothbrush

Even if you are tempted to borrow your spouse’s toothbrush, here are a few good reasons why you should avoid doing that.

Let’s say that you accidentally dropped your toothbrush in the toilet one morning. What do you do next? Well after you fish your toothbrush out, don’t try to use it again. It’s better to get a brand new one out of the pack. Even if you are tempted to borrow your spouse’s toothbrush, here are a few good reasons why you should avoid doing that.

Bleeding Gums

Do your gums tend to bleed? If they do, then you probably shouldn’t loan out your toothbrush. Likewise, you shouldn’t borrow anyone else’s toothbrush if you know that their gums bleed. Doing this will expose you to any diseases that might be hiding in the blood, and even if it’s nothing serious, you don’t want to run the risk of making yourself sick.


All sorts of germs are hiding in your mouth and on your tongue. You might not use mouthwash enough, or maybe germs are hiding on your toothbrush cap. Either way, germs are another good reason not to borrow any toothbrushes that aren’t yours, even for one night. These germs can wreak some havoc on your body, either through tooth decay or gum disease, neither of which you want.

Leftover Food

Take a second to think about the person you love and what they had for dinner. Maybe they had a burger with a lot of garlic in it, and you don’t like garlic. Bits of leftover food can get stuck in the gaps between the teeth, or anywhere a tooth might be coming loose. If the thought of getting someone else’s meal in your mouth makes you feel uncomfortable, then it’s another sign discouraging you from borrowing toothbrushes.

Gum Disease

Periodontitis is one of the most common kinds of gum disease. Unfortunately, it can lurk on toothbrushes and hide out where you don’t expect it to. The problem is that this condition can use a toothbrush to jump from one person to another. You might lose a few teeth, which can already be distressing enough, but then the disease could affect more than your oral health and start affecting whole body wellness too.  


Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube! We are always looking for new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, or Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!

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