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Ask Marilyn: Can I Catch Illness From My Toothbrush?
Al Lasso of Las Vegas writes:
Marilyn: After I get over a cold or the flu, do I need to buy a new toothbrush? If I use the same one, will I catch the same illness again?
First, you can’t get the same cold or flu virus twice, at least not anytime soon and probably never. During your recovery, you develop antibodies that protect you the next time you run into those viruses. And second, you can’t re-catch a disease from your toothbrush anyway. If you could, you never would have gotten well; your toothbrush would have kept you sick.
Bacterial infections are different; you can get them more than once. But not from your toothbrush. The same evidence applies. Antibiotics or not, if your toothbrush could reinfect you, you’d have to use a new one every time you brushed!
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