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My wife has a cold. Can I catch it by sharing a toothbrush with her, even if we dip the toothbrush in mouthwash between uses?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Jones
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
I recommend spending a $1.
49 and getting another toothbrush.

In brief: Yes
I recommend spending a $1.
49 and getting another toothbrush.
Dr. Michael Jones
Dr. Michael Jones
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Sterilization
Mouthwash will not sterilize the toothbrush.
They're not that expensive to have your own. You're most likely going to catch her cold through other means anyway.

In brief: Sterilization
Mouthwash will not sterilize the toothbrush.
They're not that expensive to have your own. You're most likely going to catch her cold through other means anyway.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes.
Mouthwashes do not necessarily kill all the bacteria.
Also, when you say you dip the brush i assume it's just the end with the bristles. The handle of the brush was touched by your wife and most likely has the cold germs on it, too. Why don't you simply buy a brush for yourself? They're not that expensive!

In brief: Yes.
Mouthwashes do not necessarily kill all the bacteria.
Also, when you say you dip the brush i assume it's just the end with the bristles. The handle of the brush was touched by your wife and most likely has the cold germs on it, too. Why don't you simply buy a brush for yourself? They're not that expensive!
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Airborne disease.
Don't shake her hands after she sneezes but if you've been sharing the same "air space", you will likely get it.

In brief: No
Airborne disease.
Don't shake her hands after she sneezes but if you've been sharing the same "air space", you will likely get it.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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