It has probably happened to you: you have not been with your partner for that long and you are unexpectedly sleeping. Then you suddenly realize that you have forgotten your toothbrush. How bad is it to use your partner's toothbrush?
Uh, it's worse than you think …
Brushing your teeth becomes superfluous
Sharing each other's toothbrush can make the entire brushing process superfluous. "There are thousands of different bacterial strains in the mouth and the number varies from person to person," Dr. says. Atkins, clinical director at Revive DentalCare. "Because the purpose of brushing is to remove bacterial plaque, many of the bacteria remain on the bristles." Not really hygienic so …
Exposure to blood diseases
But the real reason why you should not use your partner's toothbrush is even more serious. Atkins explains that sharing a toothbrush can even be risky. “Brushing sometimes causes the gums to bleed, exposing everyone who shares a toothbrush to blood diseases. Well, now we have a mouth full of teeth.
It is therefore wise to always keep a small toothbrush in your bag from now on, just in case. You better be well prepared.