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Looking at your toothbrush, you would have to agree that it is not the most sophisticated piece of equipment in your house. Unless you have an electric toothbrush, it has no moving parts; and never requires a software update. But it does need a little care and attention to make sure that it does its job well.

You need to keep your toothbrush clean. Fortunately, this is not difficult. To clean your toothbrush, just hold it under running water until the bristles are clear of food and toothpaste. You may be tempted to “sterilize” your toothbrush by boiling it, microwaving it, or running it through the dishwasher. While these all sound like good ideas, the truth is none of these things will make your toothbrush any cleaner, but will only succeed in damaging the bristles. If you soak your toothbrush in mouthwash or antiseptic solution, don’t leave it in for any longer than 15 minutes.

Store your toothbrush upright, in an area where the air can reach it, and at least four feet from your toilet. Also, don’t store toothbrushes next to one another. Following these steps will ensure that your toothbrush does not become home to bacteria and mold, and does not become contaminated. As a rule, you should replace your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles become worn or flat.

Of course, a clean toothbrush is no good if you don’t use it! You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. If you have questions about caring for your teeth, or if it is time for your routine dental appointment, our dentist, Dr. Mauricio Martinez would love to meet with you! If you live in the Cape Coral, Florida, area and would like to make an appointment at Gulf Coast Smiles, call 239.549.0001 today.