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Your toothbrush is a fundamental part of taking care of your teeth. But in order for it to be effective, you need to take care of it! Here are 3 things you may not know about caring for your toothbrush.

We’ll start with an obvious one: make sure that you are the ONLY one who uses your toothbrush, and that you ONLY use it for brushing your teeth. Toothbrush sharing is not only completely gross, but it is also incredibly dangerous to your oral health. It spreads food particles and debris, germs, infection, and disease. Never use your toothbrush to clean or to do anything else other than brushing your own teeth.

Toothbrushes need to be replaced often–every 3-4 months– even if they look “fine.” You should get a new brush sooner if the bristles on your previous one look frayed or worn out. When buying a toothbrush, make sure it is labeled with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This label tells you that the product has passed rigorous testing for both effectiveness and safety. This helps guarantee a quality product.

When storing your new toothbrush, remember: the goal is to keep your brush clean. Store your toothbrush vertically, to allow any moisture to drain. This reduces the bacterial growth rate. Store your brush in an area with great ventilation, for the similar reasons. Also, store your brush away from other toothbrushes, to reduce cross-contamination. If your brush touches the head of another toothbrush, or if it is used by someone else, throw it away and get a new brush.

Support your hard work by visiting the dentist biannually. This will make help make sure any potential problems are caught early. To schedule an appointment in the Rock Springs, Wyoming area, call White Mountain Dental at 307-362-2220. Dr. Tyler Carlson and our team will be happy to help you!