After dental assistant school you get asked many different types of questions. One of the most frequent questions that seems to get asked is about sharing a toothbrush.
Just like every other hygiene kit, the toothbrush is meant for only for one user and can’t be shared. In truth, many people out there share toothbrushes. In a survey conducted, it was discovered that couples living together were in the habit of sharing toothbrushes even sometimes with a third person. It isn’t something they do once in a while, but all the time.
If you have fallen into the trap of sharing your toothbrush with someone, then your health might be at risk. Personal hygiene is for everyone, not just a select few.
Dental assistant school graduates assert that sharing a toothbrush exposes your teeth to the following risks…
Sharing bacteria with someone else
The usual thing most people do before brushing is rinsing their toothbrush with water. Even though doing this may rid the toothbrush off some left over toothpaste, it literally leaves bacteria on the toothbrush untouched. Whenever you make use of a toothbrush that does not belong to your, there is a high probability that you have transferred the bacteria in the persons mouth to yours. Not only that, you are also transferring the bacteria from your own mouth to the person’s. As a matter of fact, you are not just sharing toothbrush, you are sharing bacteria
You risk contracting dental diseases
One can easily contract dental diseases like cold sore, fungi, and herpes by sharing toothbrush with someone else. Should the person you are sharing a toothbrush with have any form of dental ailment, then there is a good chance you have contracted the ailment as well. This same is applicable if you are the one suffering from a dental disease
People who share toothbrush can contract other terminal diseases
Sharing toothbrush with someone that has bleeding gums, exposes you to some diseases that affects not just the teeth, but the whole body. Diseases like HIV and Hepatitis B can be transmitted by sharing toothbrush since they are blood diseases. This is because blood from the teeth of a person suffering from such disease can stick to the bristles of a toothbrush.
Now you can have seen things for yourself; it is absolutely wrong to share toothbrush with someone. Is it best you take an extra toothbrush along with you to avoid the temptation of sharing one with someone else.
Our dental assistant school class environment is a very modern Dental office, so the students gain a genuine respect for the operation of newer equipment and a feel of working in an actual office.
Charles F. Reed, DDS