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Have you ever thought that sharing or borrowing a toothbrush is probably harmless, especially if you rinse the brush off first? In reality, though, you shouldn’t share your toothbrush or ever let anyone else use your brush.

Different people have different health issues. A mouth can harbor bad bacteria, which can lead to a number of serious problems. Toothbrushes can actually collect this bad bacteria, so using someone else’s brush could introduce new bacteria into your mouth. Furthermore, some people bleed when they clean their teeth, which means you could also leave yourself vulnerable to blood-born diseases, including herpes, hepatitis, and HPV. Sharing saliva can also leave you more vulnerable to yeast infections and to pneumonia.

But what can you do if you find yourself without a brush? You could consider using your finger. Admittedly, this option isn’t ideal, but will work in emergency situations. Using mouthwash may be helpful as well. If you’re worried about bad breath, there are certain foods and drinks that could be helpful, such as apples and peppermint tea.

If you have any questions about sharing a toothbrush, please don’t hesitate to contact Lake City Way Dental Center at 206.363.1828. Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re eager to hear from you soon.