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Thursday Thoughts: Do you share a toothbrush?

Ivy brushing her teeth

Over the past few months of travelling our family has adapted to a pared down lifestyle. Camping, in particular, has encouraged us to take simplifying to a whole new level. A few examples: we often all share the same water glass throughout the day to save washing up, we share baths/showers, we even share towels (keeping two on rotation for all six of us), and we’ll re-wear soiled clothes to avoid the laundry pile from growing too quickly. Not that any of us were overly fussy before this trip started, but we’ve definitely become more relaxed on the road (I actually don’t remember what it’s like to have clothes that smell clean!!).

It’s a good thing I grew up on a farm and don’t mind a bit of grit. We’ve tried to bring our kids up this way too, encouraging them to explore and play and not worry too much about dirt or germs.  But I can’t help thinking about our friends and families who prefer a more ‘hygienic’ lifestyle. What would they think if they saw (or smelled!) us now?!

And now for a confession: we even share a toothbrush! We have one electric toothbrush with us (with one head), which we all share.

I never gave it a second thought until I was tidying up the van earlier this week and it occurred to me that some people would find this to be absolutely disgusting. Michael has a brother who won’t even share toothpaste out of fear that someone else’s toothbrush may have touched the paste. Imagine how cringe-worthy he would find our toothbrush sharing! : )

I guess I’ve always been quite relaxed about this. When I was little, my siblings and I would use my mom’s toothbrush if we went on holidays and forgot to bring our own. In fact, I still use my mom’s toothbrush when I’m visiting her and don’t have mine handy. She’s just my mum, after all. In London the kids had their own toothbrushes (or colour-coded heads for the electric toothbrush), but during our travels it just doesn’t make sense to carry around so many different brushes. And none of us seem bothered to share.

So… where do you stand? Is it disgusting? Absolutely revolting? Or would you (do you?) do the same? Please share!

Courtney x


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Comments (72)

February 4, 2016

Do you share used toilet paper one by other, too?


February 4, 2016

Put me down as gross too, then, because we have on occasion shared toothbrushes! Usually it’s because Annika has lost hers or lots one of her sibling’s toothbrushes because she is a toothbrush thief and hider. So it’s normally mine that gets used by whoever can’t find theirs – my husband can’t have his toothbrush touching anyone else’s toothbrush let alone someone else’s teeth, but i am cool with it. We are all still alive and healthy 🙂


illie
February 4, 2016

This might sound odd but for me it’s almost like safe sex without contraception. If everyone is clean and there’s no chance of germs from outsiders being passed on to everyone else, what’s the problem? Personally I don’t share my toothbrush with anyone else but if I had to do it I’d feel much more comfortable sharing with someone who I knew wasn’t sharing their own toothbrush with other whos dental habits I wasn’t aware of.


Charlotte
February 4, 2016

From a dental point of view this is not a good idea. You will introduce bacteria into your childrens mouths from your mouth which may lead to tooth decay. This is also why mothers shouldn’t “clean” baby’s soothers/pacifiers by sucking them. Cross contamination.


February 5, 2016

That’s not exactly true.(also dental viewpoint here) Usually who kiss each other will share similar oral bacterial flora. And kids usually get the oral flora from the parents anyway. Altough we normally don’t share a toothbrush in the family, but during travel sometimes that is happening.
So no worries! Especially if you don’t have too many decay.


Cate
May 1, 2016

Personally I would share with my family, however you most definitely can transfer certain bacteria that can cause tooth decay.


February 4, 2016

Oh my gosh I thought we’re the only “weirdos” 🙂 We all have our own toothbrushes but it happens that we sometimes mix them and in case someone can’t find their own we just share. And we do the same with towels too! We always have 2 or 3 in the bathroom but don’t “label” them – they are all ours! It may sound funny but it makes us feel even closer as a family this way.
And I always say we’ve been through all the germs in our lives already. Interesting enough our kids are by far the most healthy than any others we know. Go figure.


Courtney in London
February 4, 2016

Haha! Weirdos unite! 🙂
Our kids also mixed their brushes up when we were in home in London (not travelling), and I never really gave it a second thought. They share beds, baths, drinking bottles…! And like you said, our kids are also so healthy (and no dental problems!). So I figure it’s not posing a problem… why worry?! x


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Aimee
February 4, 2016

I personally don’t find this too bad however my partner would never allow such ‘disgusting behaviour’😅 I have used my sons and vice versa but that’s all. When you travel, especially for long periods you soon realise what are luxury and what are essential. I soon ditched tons of things from my backpack when I was away. At least you are brushing your teeth, sharing or not! 😊


Katie
February 4, 2016

I was pretty cool about this too but our dentist explained that children don’t get dental caries (cavities?) by eating sugar or sweets, it’s a germ. They get it by using someone else’s toothbrush or drinking in the same bottle etc.
We don’t use electrical toothbrush so carrying 5 classic toothbrushes is not too heavy! 😉
It’s true that during the holidays we always do less laundry, don’t really brush their hair etc so I can imagine after 6 months of travelling you must be really cool about all this.
Then after the holidays we just start like before, don’t want the kids to go to school looking “dirty”… Do you think your old habits will take long to come back once you’re back in city life? 🙂
Thank you for sharing, we’re going on holidays and I’m definitely trying to take less things thank to you! 😀
Enjoy your trip!


Sofia
February 4, 2016

Not good at all, give it a second thought, Courtney. Just because you all are parents and children it doesn’t mean that you are immune to caries, mouth ulcers, wounds in your gums or tongue… and bacteria will pass from one to another.


Courtney in London
February 4, 2016

Thanks for the comment, Sofia. I’ve never really thought about bacteria and how it could cause harm to the children and their teeth/gums, etc.
Having shared toothbrushes with my four siblings growing up, I must say that we never ever had any problems. None of my siblings (or I) have ever had a cavity! And so far my children have also not had any dental problems. So it makes me wonder how harmful it really can be? Though I will now do a bit of research on this…! Thank you for pointing it out. x


Maria
February 4, 2016

I think your dentist’s bill next year once you finish your trip is going to be MASSIVE!


S.P.
February 4, 2016

OMG – all of those comments!- my girls love to take my toothbrush and now I laugh but stress about decays!!


Elsa
February 4, 2016

Medically irresponsible…and yuck.


Pippa
February 4, 2016

We’ve shared absolutely everything at different stages of our parenting journey. It never even crossed my mind that we should have done it any other way! The first time I fully realised that other families may be different was when my husband returned from a business trip to say that his colleagues were horrified to hear how we had been sharing towels, baths, brushes etc!! As with most of parenting, I think it’s a personal choice, if it works for your family and nobody is getting hurt, do it! P.S. My children have never needed any dental work!! xxxxxx


Berdine
February 4, 2016

O wel here is another ‘gross’ mother of 4. We also share and just to let the you know about cavities…. NONE!! And the kids are 12, 11, 10 and 8… Could be luck but our dentist never told us that this is a way of causing cavities. As far as I know you get cavities because of to many drinking/eating times during a day. (snacking al day long)
But if someone feels disgusting about this, fine don’t do it.
But for our family we share. We share our towels, we share our toothbrushes and we drink from each others cups.
We also kiss each other!!!
I think is has to do with your background. We feel fine and thank you, Courtney, for sharing 😉 Love


February 4, 2016

It’s brave of you to share Courtney! Owen and Silas are so susceptible to tooth decay, viruses and infections that we don’t share anything. Everyone gets their own glass, toothbrush, spoon, plate and water bottle. I don’t want them to get any additional mouth bacteria, and I can’t afford to catch a weird stomach bug they pick up from kindergarten (where they touch everything and never wash their hands).

But if everyone is very healthy on a trip, you’re rinsing it extraordinarily well, you’re short on space and you don’t mind it for a bit, go for it!


Helen
February 4, 2016

I totally agree with the concept of living life as simply as possible but I’m interested to know what you do if one of the kids get sick? Do you still share things then or do you use separate things to avoid the sickness spreading?


Sarah
February 4, 2016

I think whatever works for you is fine. I personally would never share a toothbrush – I was even discouraged from using other people’s toothpaste as a child, so I guess it’s what you’re used to. At the same time, we let our dogs get up on the furniture and beds which is probably disgusting to a lot of people!


Steph
February 4, 2016

You are very honest and brave to share this and this is one of the reasons I like this space so much. Hearing what works for other families is so interesting! I have to admit, when I read it my eyes bugged out a bit and I was thinking, “Really!? People do this?” But, in the end to each their own, right. If you don’t mind then what’s the problem! 🙂


Abby
February 4, 2016

No. The thought makes retch. I have a bit of a phobia though when it comes to teeth brushing and need my husband to do this for the kids as I can’t even watch them… In fact thinking about it now makes me want to hurl.
I don’t want to do the whole mum shaming but….I’m finding it really hard not to mention how revolting I find this.


Magda
February 4, 2016

Yes it is brave of you to share this kind of information with the world Courtney and I can just hear all the moms and dads shiver from disgust ALL THESE SCARY GERM they scream LOL
And people please! Germs are everywhere! Good and bad and the only way of our bodies and our immune system to learn and to know what to do is if we are exposed to them. The world today and all the scare mongering profit hungry companies that we listen to their adverts every day on telly are absolutely crazy. No you don’t need a detol (full of nasty chemicals) added to your wash or scrab yourselves with soap every time you touch something (taking everyone is sound and healthy of course). And, for the SCARY BACTERIA in your mouth, thats another one that makes my blood boil when I hear about. Tooth decay has very little if anything to do with the bacteria in your mouth. Hopefully in a few years time we all realise it. If it depended on brushing NOONE would have decay! But so many people do and so many kids still do despite religiously brushing every day, doesn’t it make you think??? It is what you eat and drink (you are what you eat literally) and when most kids these day are fed mostly processed food and sugar, what do you expect? (I highly recommend a book by Ramiel Nagel for a different take on tooth decay, than your conventional dentist) and btw the saliva that swishes your teeth every second is in fact ANTIBACTERIAL!!!! We all seem to know that yet we don’t???!! Sorry if this post came across as a rant, or maybe I’m not, I needed to get it off my chest.
So bottom line, do what you do Courtney, nothing wrong with it! It is just another thing that makes me love your family!!! High five lol


Lisa
February 4, 2016

oh oh !!!! This is funny the different opinions….well done courtney on the honesty – life is different on the road – i think priorities change and mostly for the good and we all would do things differently from normal – cause you make do.. I think its good to be relaxed but after reading the comments on dental care here I might try and keep my toothbrush to myself!


Jess
February 4, 2016

I love love this Courtney! Whatever works. You guys look like you are having the most amazing trip and I love your honesty. I would happily share all of those things with my husband and kids. Keep on enjoying!


Esther in Amsterdam
February 4, 2016

Haha, we totally use each other’s toothbrush — not on a daily basis, but it happens. Tamar and I very happily share our toothbrush as well, if needed. But then again, we sometimes share a bit more than that ;). x


February 4, 2016

Yes, we’ve shared toothbrushes by mistake or because one got forgotten. Oh, and we share towels, beds, clothes, and food, too – because the family that shares together, sticks together 😉❤️.


Courtney in London
February 4, 2016

Esther!! Haha! This is what I thought. Michael and I share a lot more than just toothbrushes and mouth germs! 🙂 xxx


Lisa
February 4, 2016

NO! It is not disgusting! Its amazing that you have become so energy efficient and are living such a beautiful simple happy life! Totally inspiring. Just watched the documentary ‘Babies’ and saw the two children playing with dirt and stones. That you even manage to brush four childrens teeth twice a day is actually impressive to me!!!!!!


Leah
February 4, 2016

Oh Courtney – you strike me as a real hippie sometimes… no regular baths for the kids and sharing tooth brushes/towels. If i ever greet you on the street i’ll be trying to smell if your clothes are washed and staring at your teeth now! haha Thanks for sharing.


Lisa
February 4, 2016

I commented before reading the other comments!! Wow mothers sure are judgmental to each other. My opinion has ALWAYS been pro choice IN EVERY WAY , and if something is working for a family that isn’t abusive, cruel or evil then I saw – none of my business. And having seen close up pics on your feed of your absolutely perfect gorgeous white straight teeth I would just like to add, Ill do whatever you’re doing to your teeth because they are PERFECT!!!! XOXOXOX


February 4, 2016

Right there with you! As the least organized Babyccino member, having the right number of tooth brushes on us is not my forte! So far so good! None of us, not even I have ever had a filling! Dito for glasses! xx


Tasha
February 4, 2016

Ha! I love this. You are so awesome. No biggie in my book! My husband and I have shared on occasion. And if the girls forgot theirs on a trip and needed mine, I wouldn’t bat an eye. You all must be doing something right because you could be in a Crest commercial with all those big, beautiful smiles! xx


Lauren
February 4, 2016

Oh so great to read! We share toothbrushes sometimes / but not if one of us has a bug. We have always shared bath water and it has never even crossed my mind to have separate towels for everyone! These things just aren’t on my radar. We also share beds! I’m a great believer that a few germs are good and that is not great for the immune system to live in too sterile an environment. Keep doing what you’re doing. Happy times 🙂


Sami
February 4, 2016

You do know how to be controversial! As an intelligent woman you also know that you’re directly, and uselessness, exposing your children to bacterial behavior – and for what? Toothbrushes can also spread bugs that cause sore throats and other infections, which will not strengthen or fortify the kids in the future… so watch out, it’s an unnecessary risk, really.


Courtney in London
February 4, 2016

Hi Sami,
I don’t really mean to be controversial, I just like to bring up a topic and encourage others to share. I find it interesting how different we all can be in our parenting style, and yet we all put our children’s health and happiness foremost.
I’m not suggesting other people do what we do, I just wanted to share what we have done and raise an interesting discussion.
All of my siblings and I shared toothbrushes growing up, and none of us ever had any health or dental issues (in fact, I don’t think any of the five of us even have a cavity). The same goes for my own family and our kids. So I guess I’m just parenting based on my experience and what has worked for us. x


February 4, 2016

Found this article very interesting! An eye opener! And also interesting reading all the comments!


Lara
February 4, 2016

I think it is totally normal to share tooth brushes, especially when travelling, and we agree it helps to keep it simple! Families share — water glasses, hair brushes, food, tooth brushes, etc… that is what family is. And thank you for sharing this, your honesty is refreshing. xxx


zoe
February 4, 2016

HI Courtney, personally I think it’s kinda gross, but maybe if just the kids shared it wouldn’t be as bad?
The thing I am most confused about though, is that toothbrushes (especially the none-elcetirical ones) weigh hardly anything and take up practically no space… so why compromise on this?


Courtney in London
February 4, 2016

Hi Zoe,
Thanks for commenting! I guess it’s not really that we didn’t have space to pack additional toothbrushes, or that they take up so much space — it wasn’t really a conscious decision, just something that happened. We have a teeny cupboard in the bathroom in our camper van, and it only has space for one toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste – so that is what we have. And it doesn’t really bother any of us to share, so we never thought to have more brushes. Of course we COULD find space for more, but it just hasn’t been a priority. x


Andrea
February 4, 2016

Sharing toothbrushes is a big no no, simply because if hygene reasons. I might be my kids’ mother, but I don’t want to pass down potential germs that cause tooth decay or that make them sick. And honestly, do six heads take up that much room? I don’t think so.
I’m happy to save space and time when travelling wherever I can, but there are limits!


Charlie
February 4, 2016

I agree with Lara – families share and so they should – apart from it being much less stress it’s also a better approach for the environment! There is waaaaay too much focus on hygiene these days. Share away – there are other more important things to be worrying about people. And good on you Courtney for provoking discussion. So much more interesting to read/chat about than fashion.


Courtney in London
February 4, 2016

Haha, Charlie! Thanks for commenting. I agree – these posts are my favourite ones – where we provoke discussion and encourage others to share their different views and parenting styles. I find it really fascinating! x


Anais
February 4, 2016

What I find interesting is that your kids don’t mind. Mine would freak out. The eldest in particular is very territorial in his personality and it’s mine mine mine. If anyone dries their hands on his towel, he gets super mad. He won’t go so far as saying you can’t touch his toothpaste tube (that made me laugh), but he is sensitive about his space and what belongs to him. Maybe growing up with more siblings makes that go away? Do you ever experience this with your kids, Courtney? Maybe before they were 4 total?
On another point, it is my daily struggle between living in a city and taking the metro everyday to keep them from licking the pole, rubbing their faces all over the seats, putting their hands in their mouths after having rubbed their hand along the wall (where dogs pee and shit and….aaaaarghhh)…. and making them not too germophobic. Very very difficult balance. I guess I find that Paris is a dirty city and am less worried when I travel. I just make them wash their hands when coming home from the park/outside and that’s it.


Cathy
February 4, 2016

I love this post! All the comments are making me laugh. I would never have thought to share a toothbrush since I didn’t grow up doing so, but it’s a real eye-opener that other people do. I’m not that big on hygiene in other areas, I think as Charlie says above there is way too much focus on it these days, but I guess I think about the dried toothpaste all over my husband and kids’ toothbrushes and little bits of food in the brushes from not rinsing them properly and it grosses me out a teensy bit. But then as you say, we kiss each other on the lips and I often get a mouthful of snot from my kids, and drink from each other’s glasses so it isn’t that far of a stretch to share toothbrushes too! My husband and oldest son have some obsessive compulsive tendencies, so I love the idea of encouraging them to let go of those. Thanks for sharing, Courtney!


Rebecca
February 4, 2016

Love this post! Keeping it real as always. Share away Adamos! You all look beautifully healthy to me…the world has gone germ crazy…we share our children’s brushes whenever we go away and inevitably realize we’ve forgotten our toothbrushes. #foodsnobnotgermsnob
Safe driving on that windy road today and here’s hoping for some good surf xox


Enirak
February 5, 2016

Once my daughter, then 18months old, shared a spoon with my father. She had his bad morning breath for a long time after that!!! So, I have no real problem sharing a glass, a spoon (!), an ice cream cone, even a toothbrush (on rare occasions), … since, yes, we are family BUT I do believe all those posts commenting on health, bacteria, …
And tonight, I have a sore throat (may be Scarlet fever), so would not let anyone I love use my toothbrush!! 🙂


Tina, NYC
February 5, 2016

Thanks for sharing such an honest depiction of life on the road.
My vote is not gross but I don’t personally share toothbrushes and didn’t in the past but if you do, that’s totally your prerogative.
I come from a family with dental issues. Parents never shared with kids but if siblings forgot toothbrushes we would share each other’s toothbrush. This was one or two night thing.

But for us it was never about brushing but instead flossing was and is the number one dental priority. We had to floss and my parents ensured we did and if we didn’t brush, bc we forgot the toothbrush, then my parents would let it slide.

Now as a mom we share kisses and that is about it. My kids share cups with each other and are very healthy but I am concerned about my “bad teeth” germs infectung my kids.

My husband has never had a cavity in his life! And he uses my toothbrush often on trips. I hope the kids got his mouth PH levels.

As for the other side issues in this post, so We are big bathers and Preferable bath before bed. It is totally a relaxation things for us all. Helps us unwind.

Such an interesting post, thanks for sharing!


Tina, NYC
February 5, 2016

One random additional comment so when we are traveling I leave my electric tooth brush home. Instead I bring a few free toothbrushes I collected over the year from hotels, dental vists etc.
When my husband forgets his toothbrush, which he inevitably does, he uses mine and I just pull out a fresh one the next morning.
I also use the disposable toothbrushes when I’m sick and change the electric head when I get sick.
Ok thanks for letting me share this random tidbit.


Shay
February 5, 2016

Goodness these comments made me laugh out loud 🙂 personally I don’t think I could share my toothbrush but at the same time I’m not beside myself grossed out. I also have never had a cavity! No cavities unite!! 😉

x Shay


Yvette Loizou
February 5, 2016

!! Yikes !! Sharing toothbrushes is not the same as sharing cutlery or sharing cups… I can understand it if this happens once in a while when someone forgets theirs etc..It has happened to all of us! But definitely not for not a prolonged period of time … I don’t know about everyone else, but sometimes when I brush my teeth my gums will bleed a bit… I usually notice this but I am sure there are times when I dont notice this…I think this is enough reason not to share toothbrushes! Please send us a photo of your new set of toothbrushes! xx


Joana
February 5, 2016

That’s correct! I’m a dentist, and a friend called my attention for this debate. Please, do use different toothbrushes, this is not the same thing as cups, plates, bottles… (although if you are ill you shouldn’t share these either). It might never happened to you, according to your experience, like you say, but you are definitely putting yourself and yours in the best position for cavities, bad germs (fever, rashes, gingivitis, bad breath…), and bloodstream diseases like hepatitis. Of course: everything is relative in life when you say “according to my experience”. But, nowadays, with the medical knowledge we have acquired, that is a poor not reasonable argument. Give it a second thought, do your own research and talk to a dentist doctor of your trust.


February 5, 2016

I do think it seems gross but would totally do it in your situation. Although, I’d be tempted to disinfect before each use! ha!
It’s all relative.
I never heard of cavities developing over shared germs…interesting comments.
Would you consider non-sharing if someone is contagiously ill?


February 5, 2016

I have often forgotten what colour my toothbrush is and used a sibling, parent or partners toothbrush. I have no harm done no filling or tooth decay! Same with water bottles my family always drinks out of the same bottle if we are out of the house and thirsty. And we share towels too.


Nikki
February 5, 2016

My kids regularly wonder off with their brushes and we loose them. In between finding them in toy boxes. They would use mine. But I always feel so guilty because it’s dawned on me that I could potentially pass something like bacterial meningitis (I prob sound highly un educated on type of infection I could pass via a tooth brush) but I worry I could pass something on that I as an adult is immune to and my children are not. Anyhow I popped by your blog as I’m so curious to find out what type of Christmas you had with a young family on the road. Was it scaled back. Did Santa treat the children. What did you eat! Best wishes loving your travel pics. Reminds me of my trip when I was 21 travelled in a old pop up camper, which we had to regularly jump start!! Running up and down with it on campsites to get it going was a daily occurrence!! Always looked at the type of vans you are travelling in with total envy!


Bethanne
February 5, 2016

Carry on, mama of four! You are so brave for getting out with your kids on this trek around the world. If anything maybe in the end it will boost immune systems;)


Rebecca
February 6, 2016

I love this. Kids need germs. More damage comes out of being too sterile. X


Kerstin
February 8, 2016

I don’t think it is weird or gross at all. My family’s relationship with dirt, grit, and germs are similar to yours and we are robust and healthy as well. I kind of think it’s because of our lifestyle, not regardless of it!


Kim
February 10, 2016

Well we do share toothbrushes when it calls for it. Quite frankly so personal and luggage wide wld not add much to have desperate heads in your luggage and one electric toothbrush;-)), but I am with Esther, couples share so much more than toothbrushes;-))
I think on average I would say you are a much cleaner (as in tidying, cleaning clothes etc) than me and Alex! so good on you and Michael have taken a step back and go with the flow and spent time living life and taken the most of the year travel.
I think cavities are much more food:drink related than by sharing a toothbrush;-)) keep on sharing!! Your travels look fabulous!! Love Kim


Marie
February 10, 2016

It sounds like you all have pretty strong teeth and strong immune systems, which I think is what it comes down to health-wise. My dad never (and I do mean NEVER) brushed his teeth. The first time he saw a dentist was when he was 81 and it was only because my brother asked him to. He had no cavities and no gingivitis, no problems. My mother on the other hand, has genetically very weak teeth. She brushes twice daily, always flossed and still had to get all her teeth capped at age 40. My point is- no one knows your mouth better than you. And I think a lot of it comes down to genetics.
On a tangential note, my ex boyfriend once accidentally put my contacts in his eyes and I was creeped out for an entire week. There is NOTHING more intimate than sharing contact lenses in my opinion.


Rachael
February 11, 2016

Hi Courtney, My children are 17, 15, and 10 now, I think we were quite sharing, but when our youngest child went to nursery school, he picked up more viruses. I got truly fed up of nursing 3 children, and us, through an illness, so i made new family rules about towels, not sharing cups, not eating from the same food. The children still got ill together, mostly in the winter, because they were so cuddly together, but I didn’t any longer, so at least i was well to look after them. Would you do this if your children were at school or nursery?


Courtney in London
February 11, 2016

Hi Rachael,
I agree – our worst years with colds and flu viruses were when we had a child in nursery school! The year Ivy was in nursery was the absolute worst – she would bring home a new bug every other week, and we would all drop like dominoes as a result. The thing is, it’s hard to stop them from drinking out of the same glass, even when they’re sick and you’re constantly trying to separate the sick from non-sick germs. Back then, I had my own toothbrush, but I still ended up getting sick, simply because you’re so close to your kids, cuddling, kissing, etc. But I agree – during the nursery school years, it’s probably best to not share toothbrushes. x


Rachael
February 12, 2016

Hi Courtney, It was lovely to read your reply, i think its wonderful that you take the time to read and reply. Have fun in Australia x


gabriela
February 15, 2016

ohhh god ajajajajajajajaj court you are always my heroe and inspiration , but now i have to say that dont agree .jajaajajajaj
Im tooo obsesed with tidy , not germs , but tidy and clean. I love to smell things clean and to look everything tidy. I do it.!!! so im always cleaning with 3 little kids…
about sharing .. i have to say that i also share towels, sabonete, but tootbrush is like pantys. I dont share.
I think i dont care about the kids sharing, but yes adults with kids.

jajajjaajaj love the post..


Isadora g
February 18, 2016

Holy moly! This is the best lol. This would not happen at my house, at least not with me. I am a huge OCD freak! My husband would totally do this but not me. I wouldn’t share if you paid me.. Towels, (maybe) toothbrush no, way!


India
February 18, 2016

Hi Courtney,
First of all I have to say that I still haven’t made my mind up about what I think. On one hand I’m thinking “yuck” (possibly because my brother’s a germaphobe and would never ever allow me to share his toothbrush 🙁 ) but then I think about the things I do with the kids I look after and if they try something but don’t like it I’ll happily eat it after it’s been in their mouth so actually that’s probably worse! They’re not even my kids haha. On a more practical note though, I have one question, don’t you all have different size needs? Like toddler size toothbrush for Marlow, a bit bigger for the older three then adult size (and stiffer bristles) for you and Michael? I’m probably overthinking this but I’m so curious, sorry! Anyway, it seems like you know what you’re doing so who cares what everyone else thinks. Actually now I think about it I wish the family of 5, soon to be 6, kids I look after would adopt this strategy. It would save so much time in the mornings trying to find 5 different toothbrushes that mysteriously disappear overnight!!


Kate
February 25, 2016

Would like to preface this by stating that I definitely do not judge parenting practices, however, if you have active periodontal disease (periodontitis, aka gum disease) or other untreated dental decay, you could be spreading more aggressive oral bacteria to your children. Sorry, future dentist here, and just want to pass on the information I share with my patients and new mothers about risks of sharing oral hygiene products.


burcu
April 16, 2016

Hi Courtney,
i really enjoy reading your blog, following your journey w your kids etc.
But i must say that i totally disagree on sharing toothbrushes.
Your kids are so young, and they will follow you no meter what.
So they can’t separate the good and bad on hygiene issues.
Yes it can happen that sometimes U have to share a toothbrush, but it is supposed to be a very rare situation, not on a regular basis and a whole family on 1 single brush. Each member of the family have a different body age and structure , and a different immune system. So why putting them at risk.
İ understand that u never had any problem in your childhood w sharing toothbrush, but that doesn’t mean anything, it could also be good luck or stronger immune system. Scientifically proven its not healthy. And nowadays there are such good quality organic toothpastes and funny brushes for kids.
i also believe that self care, and self hygiene awareness is giving a child an awaness on being an individual, and this is their right too ( besides being a member of family ).


burcu
April 16, 2016

Hi Courtney,
i really enjoy reading your blog, following your journey w your kids etc.
But i must say that i totally disagree on sharing toothbrushes.
Your kids are so young, and they will follow you no meter what.
So they can’t separate the good and bad on hygiene issues.
Yes it can happen that sometimes U have to share a toothbrush, but it is supposed to be a very rare situation, not on a regular basis and a whole family on 1 single brush. Each member of the family have a different body age and structure , and a different immune system. So why putting them at risk. . .
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burcu
April 16, 2016

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İ understand that u never had any problem in your childhood w sharing toothbrush, but that doesn’t mean anything, it could also be good luck or stronger immune system. Scientifically proven its not healthy. And nowadays there are such good quality organic toothpastes and funny brushes for kids.
i also believe that self care, and self hygiene awareness is giving a child an awaness on being an individual, and this is their right too ( besides being a member of family ).


Mary
July 21, 2016

I am in the camp that thinks that it could be harmful for children to use their parent’s toothbrush. I am horrified to learn that my child accidentally used my toothbrush on his teeth. It only happened this once, but I am afraid of long term consequences. Can anyone in the dental field that may read this comment provide their opinion on the dangers of using an adult’s toothbrush just once? Is once enough to colonize his/her mouth with harmful bacteria?


Robyn
August 27, 2016

Im WAAY behind on this post but found it so interesting. I’m imspired! No, not to share my toothbrush (Im too much of a wimp for that, although I would share with my partner) but just in the honest simplicity of ‘living’ that you have pointed out,Courtney. I only have one child, and our washing (and crockery) pile is HUGE! Each to their own, I may be too wimpy to share my toothbrush but I see no reason in cringing when others find it the most practical thing to do. Reuse, recycle & share, I say!


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