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Your dental tools are an important part of oral hygiene. If you do not take care of your tools and equipment used to clean your teeth, they will not be able to do their jobs safely or effectively. Oftentimes, a toothbrush is left on a counter or other area and collects germs that will inevitably find their way into the user’s’ mouth upon future use. Don’t let your oral hygiene slip due to bad toothbrush care tactics. Caring for your teeth includes caring for your toothbrush.

The first step for effective toothbrush care is to ensure that toothbrushes are not shared. Additionally, avoid any form of cross-contamination by avoiding sharing your brush, or letting it touch other brushes. Always keep your brush clean when not in use. Do not store it in closed containers for long periods of time.

The style and shape of your toothbrush is also important. Always use a toothbrush that fits easily in your mouth. Try to find a brush with soft bristles, as stiff bristles can be overly abrasive or harmful to your gums. If you struggle to brush your teeth, electric toothbrushes can make brushing easier.

Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Always look for a brush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The same goes for toothpaste. Although daily brushing is effective, visit us at Flemington Dental Arts at least every six months for an oral exam or professional cleaning.

Brushing your teeth with a clean brush twice daily can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease caused by plaque buildup. If you would like a professional cleaning or an oral exam from Dr. Guy M. Bennett, please schedule an appointment to our office in Flemington, New Jersey. To schedule a visit, please call our team at 908-788-1661. Let us help you keep your smile bright for a lifetime!