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Do you ever consider using someone else’s toothbrush? Do you think using a toothbrush isn’t a problem, especially if you’re only sharing with a significant other? Would you be surprised to learn that you should actually never share your toothbrush with anyone? As you’ve probably guessed, you also shouldn’t lend your toothbrush to anyone. You see, there are a number of health risks that could follow sharing a toothbrush. Sadly, these risks can affect your whole body.

You see, several different types of bacteria reside in your mouth. Sadly, the bacteria that causes cavities, which is also known as streptococcus mutans, is extremely contagious. In other words, sharing a toothbrush can actually increase your chances of getting a cavity. Similarly, sharing a toothbrush can also carry other bacteria that you should avoid.

Similarly, did you know that you should brush gently? Or that if you brush too hard, you could cause your gums to bleed. Sadly, if you borrow a toothbrush, you could be more vulnerable to blood borne illnesses, such as herpes and hepatitis. Incidentally, if your gums bleed when your brush or floss, we recommend visiting our dentist soon for a checkup.

There are other serious diseases that can live on toothbrushes. For instance, a frayed toothbrush could harbor serious issues, such as the germs that harbor pneumonia. Similarly, toothbrushes can carry HPV, which has been linked to esophageal, oral, and cervical cancers. Finally, sharing a toothbrush can make you more likely to have gum disease.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will be glad to assess the health of our smile. Dr. Rafael A. Perez and our team will also be glad to answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment with us, please call Stone Lake Dental at 940-692-2851. We are eager to receive your call.