How do you judge if a date's gone well?
If he asks for your number? If she goes in for a kiss?
Well, for a quarter of people surveyed in Ireland recently, the mark of a really good date is... willingness to use the other person's toothbrush.
One more time for the people in the cheap seats.
Twenty-five per cent of people think it's acceptable to share a toothbrush if the date went well. (Oh because it would be disgusting if the date didn't go well?)
This grizzly finding is according to teeth whitening specialists Spotlight, who commissioned a Valentine's Day survey focused on attraction and dating.
Spotlight creators, Drs Lisa and Vanessa Creaven have a lot to say about sharing a toothbrush with your date.
“I have questions for those 25% willing to share their toothbrush!”, says Dr. Vanessa Creaven.
“Although it may seem like a harmless gesture of goodwill, it can cause serious harm. When brushing your gums can occasionally bleed in effect this means anyone that shares your toothbrush is susceptible to blood stream diseases. In less serious cases a common cold or cold sore may be passed on. The mouth is full of bacteria….do you really want to share this?!”
The survey also found the 55% of people would forego a shower in favour of applying makeup if pushed for time and 15% brush just once a day.
We're seriously questioning the nation's hygiene habits right now...