A shocking new survey has revealed that almost one in ten Brits admit to sharing a toothbrush with another person. Even more have said they would consider sharing if they need to.
The research was conducted as part of National Smile Month, which aims to improve the oral health of the nation, and also uncovered more disgusting habits that some people have picked up.
One in five people have said they have used their finger to brush their teeth in the past, with one in ten saying they have used something other than toothpaste to clean their mouth (although we’re not sure what alternatives they may have used!)
Almost two in five people claim they sometimes only rinse their mouth out with water, instead of brushing their teeth and one in seven of those asked still use various household items such as business cards, credit cards and earrings to clean between their teeth!
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, explained why people should avoid cutting corners with their oral hygiene routine, particularly when it comes to sharing a toothbrush.
“Sharing a toothbrush leaves people susceptible to all sorts of oral and general health problems. Just because you kiss a partner or occasionally share a fork or spoon during mealtimes with them does not justify using their toothbrush too.”
“This is because brushing sometimes causes the gums to bleed, which exposes everyone you share your toothbrush with to blood stream diseases. Therefore, by sharing a toothbrush, the couples are actually sharing blood, which is a lot more risky than just sharing saliva.”