According to National Smile Month survey, Over 60% of people are happy to share their toothbrush with other members of family or friends. The survey also found out that men are more protective of their toothbrushes while women appeared to be more relax about sharing theirs.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief executive of British dental health foundation warned that sharing a toothbrush can increase susceptibility to a wide range of oral and general health problems. He said ‘There are many hundreds of different bacteria and viruses in our mouths and people sharing a toothbrush could be passing these on to others. Whilst this might be something relatively harmless, such as a common cold or cold sore, if the person you are sharing with is infected with hepatitis B or HIV these could also be passed on via the toothbrush with life threatening consequences.’
Dr carter also advised people on changing their toothbrushes once every three month, brush at least twice a day with a fluoride tooth paste and cut down on sugary food and drinks.
Abby Bowman from HSA, the health plan provider, also agreed with Dr Carter, stating that ‘It’s worrying that so many people either aren’t aware, or don’t care, that by sharing a toothbrush they could be running the risk of catching a serious infection. Especially those in London, who are most likely to share their brush with their favourite celebrity.