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You can brush every day, twice a day, but if your toothbrush is ineffective, it will at best be a waste of time, and at worst, put your mouth in danger of bacterial contamination. Let’s review the ways to make sure your toothbrushing habit is as effective as possible.


First, make sure you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can damage your tooth enamel and cause problems for your gums. Ask your dentist for personal recommendations, or simply look for a toothbrush that comes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This is a seal earned through the American Dental Association that guarantees you are getting a product that works like it says it will.


Another thing to look for when buying a toothbrush is to make sure you are getting one the proper size for your mouth. This will make it easier to get a good clean throughout your entire mouth without causing discomfort.


Next, let’s talk about keeping your toothbrush clean. Never share your toothbrush with another person. Toothbrush sharing leads to serious cross-contamination of toothbrushes, sharing bacteria from person to person and rendering the toothbrush and the toothbrush time thoroughly ineffective. Cross-contamination can also occur if toothbrushes touch during storage. Be sure to store your toothbrush upright in an open area, away from other toothbrushes so the heads don’t touch.


These are great ways to make sure your toothbrushing habit serves you the best that it can, but don’t forget your bi-annual professional cleanings at My Dental Care! Regular dental visits and professional cleanings will help keep your smile shining! Call 317-849-0999 to schedule your appointment today!