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One could argue that your toothbrush is the most important thing you have to take care of your smile. But you need to take care of it in order for it to do its job properly.


Remember that toothbrushes only last 3-4 months. Put it in your calendar to replace it once a season to ensure your mouth stays clean and your brush stays effective. Toothbrushes should be replaced earlier if they appear frayed, worn, or become contaminated.


When buying your new toothbrush, choose one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. This label has been used since 1931 to indicate that a product has undergone and passed rigorous testing for both safety and effectiveness. This will guarantee you a quality toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles.


When storing your new toothbrush, make sure it is in an open area with great ventilation. This will allow it to dry out and slow bacterial growth on the brush. If you must put it in a closed space, say for travel purposes, make sure to take it out and air it out as much as possible.


Don’t store your toothbrush next to other toothbrushes. If you must store it near other brushes, make sure the heads don’t touch. This leads to cross contamination.


Speaking of cross-contamination: NEVER share your toothbrush, or use anyone else’s toothbrush. That is, in a word, gross. And, it’s very dangerous to your oral health, as it spreads bacteria, food particles, infection, and debris.


For more information on caring for your toothbrush or other oral hygiene questions, call Catron Family Dentistry at 918-696-4200. If you are in the Stilwell, Oklahoma area, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chad Catron and our team today!