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Toothbrush sharing

BDJ volume 202, page 648 (09 June 2007) | Download Citation


Most Britons would be happy to lend their toothbrush to somebody else, according to a new UK-wide dental survey.

The National Smile Month Survey, commissioned by the British Dental Health Foundation in association with healthplan provider HSA, found that over 60% of people would be willing to let their partners, children, friends and even celebrities borrow their toothbrush.

The survey was commissioned to mark the 31st National Smile Month, which will runs from 13 May to 12 June 2007 with the theme of 'Two Minutes Twice a Day'. It found that men were far more protective of their brushes than women with almost half saying they would not lend their brush to anyone, as opposed to only a third of women.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Foundation, commented, 'Sharing a toothbrush leaves people susceptible to oral and general health problems. 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.'

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