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Is it gross to use your partner's toothbrush?

You're already spending hours of your life together–sharing everything from clothes to food, drinking after one another and sleeping in the same bed. But when it comes to sharing a toothbrush, some people say this crosses a line. Partners who do share toothbrushes every now and again see no problem with it. Whatever germs are in your partner's mouth have probably already made their way to yours, so what's the big deal? Others say sharing a toothbrush with anyone is disgusting. What do you think?

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"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Porshia Williams, admitted that she uses her fiance's toothbrush on a daily basis, apparently without his knowledge. When Williams's fiancé, Dennis McKinley, offered her another toothbrush while on vacation, Williams responded: 

'This toothbrush is too soft. Bring me yours. Bring me your toothbrush,' she said, a request he denied. 'Why are you treating me like this? Bring me your toothbrush!'

And as Reader's Digest Kaitlyn Chamberlin points out: 

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, the mouth is home to more than 700 species of bacteria. Bacteria that be effortlessly shared via kissing, drinking out of the same cup, and yes, using someone else’s toothbrush—because you’re technically swapping bodily fluids aka saliva.

So when it comes to your partner, what's the difference? Whether it's an emergency or an everyday habit, your partner's toothbrush is basically your toothbrush. 

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Most people are repulsed by the idea of sharing a toothbrush, no matter who it is. Chamberlin continues with her explanation in Reader's Digest on sharing toothbrushes, saying: 

And if the person whose toothbrush you borrowed doesn’t rinse and clean it properly, it’s likely that day-old food particles stuck on the brush will end up stuck in your mouth, which is admittedly not dangerous, but really gross if you think about it.

No matter how close you might be, there's a big difference between kissing, and swapping old, soggy bits of Cheez-Its from your partner's last snack to your own mouth. National Dental Care adds its own insight: 

Believe it or not, sharing a toothbrush can pose a threat that goes beyond your oral health. Your mouth is the gateway to your health, and there’s a risk of transmitting diseases that are generally transmittable by blood because it’s common for people to experience bleeding gums when they brush their teeth.
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