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Have you ever accidentally used someone else’s toothbrush? It happens. In fact, someone may have used your toothbrush and once realizing it … put it back without telling you. The horror! Many families will color-code their toothbrushes to keep this from happening, but even then they may be storing their toothbrushes together where contact between brushes is common.

Now, imagine that someone in the household is sick. The toothbrush can be an instrument of transferring the illness to someone else. It is a wise move to change out your toothbrush after an illness.

There are over 200 viruses of the common cold in the world. The average adult gets a cold at least 2-3 times a year and a child can get a cold in excess of 12 per year. Even if you do not live in a household with children, you don’t want to risk your own health or your roommates. Sharing a bathroom is a common practice, and you don’t need to actually share a toothbrush in order to spread disease. It only takes a single droplet of water on a toothbrush to infect someone with a sickness, and you can imagine how many water droplets are flying around during the average morning grooming sessions in the bathroom.

Take our advice and junk that toothbrush after you’ve been sick, and keep it in a place that is safe from sickness.

If you’d like more information about teeth brushing and your oral health, call Dr. Cathy Fermelia and our team at Academy Park Dental Assoc.. You can make an appointment at: 303-987-2121, or come by our office in Lakewood, Colorado.