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Don’t Share Your Toothbrush!

Do Not Share ToothbrushesOne of the tenets of good dental health is obvious—Brush your teeth after every meal. This can help keep your mouth healthy throughout a long life.

Another rule should be just as carefully observed: Do NOT use someone else’s toothbrush. Sharing toothbrushes can shorten your life.

Be safe, not sorry.

But what about emergencies, when you have no other option than to borrow someone’s toothbrush—just once? That’s when this rule is most important.  It’s far better to risk tooth decay by not brushing than to risk Hepatitis C or other contagious diseases by sharing—even with those you love.

In fact, anything involving contact with saliva—a kiss, sharing of table utensils, or tasting someone else’s food—can transmit decay-causing bacteria. So, while it’s not likely that avoiding kissing will ever become a trend, you should take care to avoid some of these other high risk activities.

About William J. Black, DDS

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the Untied States Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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