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As long as you are brushing every single day, your smile will be much better protected from food particles and debris that can build up. However, if you do not take care of your toothbrush, it will not be able to work as intended. Furthermore, it can become a serious oral health risk due to cross-contamination that can often occur.

When caring for your toothbrush, always look for proper ways to store it. Because of the risk of contamination associated with moisture and mildew, always make sure your toothbrush is stored in an area that is not enclosed. If you must place it in a closed container to go on vacation or for another activity, make sure it is not stored for long periods of time. Furthermore, make sure is free of contact with unclean surfaces or other toothbrushes. This includes storing a toothbrush upright.

Never use anyone else’s toothbrush and never let anyone else use your toothbrush. This can cause additional bacteria to end up in your mouth. To ensure your brush is always clean, always be sure to clean your brush and replace it every 3 to 4 months as necessary. The younger you are, the more often your toothbrush will need to be replaced. Always make sure you also visit your dentist for bi-annual professional cleanings every 6 months to help assist with your oral hygiene care.

If you want to experience the joys of a better smile at AZ Dental, simply call our doctors and our team at 408-227-6000 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in San Jose, California.