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My family always used the same toothpaste tube or dispenser. A couple years ago my husband and I started using different toothpastes, so we had different dispensers. I realized after a short while that it must be more sanitary to not share the toothpaste dispenser.
I used to rinse my toothbrush, rub it across the dispensing opening, then quickly rinse the toothpaste and brush again before brushing. But really, there is no sanitizing going on with a quick rinse this way.
I suspect that we are spreading germs this way, especially a problem if someone is sick. And I wonder if some of the illnesses that sweep through a family may be because of the germs that are passed along because people share a toothpaste tube?
edited to add. I don't want you all to think I am nutz wondering this type of thing. It started when a friend of mine mentioned that when she was sick that she soaked her toothbrush between uses in a glass of peroxide so that she didn't get germs from her toothbrush while she was sick. This got me to thinking about germs and toothbrushes.