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The importance of brushing and flossing your smile every day, as well as visiting the dentist for regular dental appointments, is common knowledge. These routine dental habits are the foundation of achieving stable dental health. However, there is always more to learn about what you can do to improve your oral health, and our team is happy to provide tips on how to avoid different dental issues. Today we caution against sharing your toothbrush to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and illnesses.

Every smile is unique, and every person has a unique combination of germs and bacteria living in their mouths. This means that each toothbrush is full of germs and bacteria from the user’s smile. It’s possible for this bad bacteria to spread and affect someone else if you happen to share your toothbrush or use someone else’s. Similarly, if your gums bleed when you use your toothbrush, and you then share the brush with another person, this could pass on any blood-borne illnesses in your general health, such as herpes and hepatitis.

There are alternative steps to sharing oral care products if you need to clean your teeth but have found yourself without a toothbrush at any time. For example, you can temporarily reduce bad breath by popping a mint or swishing mouthwash around to relieve odor and make your smile feel fresh. You may also find that drinking peppermint tea or snacking on an apple can have similar effects.

If you would like to speak with our dentist about the risks of sharing a toothbrush in Burke, Virginia, please feel free to contact Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke at 703-801-6166 today for an appointment with Dr. Michael King.