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Caring for your toothbrush is just as important as how you use it. It’s important to know if your toothbrush falls into disrepair or is contaminated. If your brush becomes contaminated, it will not be effective in keeping your mouth as clean as it needs to be and would only seek to introduce even more harmful germs and bacteria into your mouth. Keep your toothbrush safe so it can keep your mouth healthy and happy.

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 My Dental Care 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 Drs. Cynthia S. Becker & Cynthia A. Pistoia, please schedule an appointment to our office in Fishers, Indiana. To schedule a visit, please call our team at 317-849-0999. Let us help you keep your smile bright for a lifetime!