Don’t Share Your Toothbrush!
One 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.
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Dr. Moran was born and raised in San Jose, California where she lived with her mom, dad, and three younger sisters. After graduating from Santa Teresa High School she attended San Diego State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. After completing her studies at San Diego State, she returned to the Bay Area to attend the prestigious University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. In her spare time, Dr. Moran enjoys being outdoors: gardening, wakeboarding, camping, being at the beach, and running are just a few of Dr. Moran’s favorite outdoor activities. In addition, Dr. Moran loves spending time with her family which includes her dog and turtle. Dr. Moran is proud to be a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Monterey Bay Dental Society, and the Santa Clara County Dental Society.