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You have been using a toothbrush for years. And, let’s face it, it is not a complicated device with multiple working parts, but a fairly simple tool. That being said, you do need to give your toothbrush a little attention to make sure it can get the job done.

First of all, you need to replace your toothbrush at least every three months. You may need to replace it more often depending on how frequently you brush. If the bristles are no longer standing up straight, or starting to droop like palm branches, it is time to replace it. Children tend to brush with a little more energy than adults so their brushes may need to be replaced more often. If you or someone in your family has recently had a cold or the flu, replace your toothbrush, or theirs to prevent a reinfection or a cross contamination.

When buying a new toothbrush, choose one with soft bristles. A smaller head on your toothbrush will allow you to reach more places inside your mouth. The grip on the brush should be comfortable for you. Basically, find one that fits you best and allows you to brush your entire mouth.

Cleaning your toothbrush is easy: rinse it with warm water until it is clean of debris. Do not place your toothbrush in the microwave or the dishwasher in an an effort to sterilize it; doing so will only damage the bristles.

Store it upright in a place where it can easily air dry. Do not enclose it since that will encourage the growth of bacteria and even mold. Store everyone’s toothbrushes separately.

If you have questions about improving your oral health regimen,or if it is time for your regular cleaning and exam, our dentist Dr. Marc Resnick will be happy to see you. If you live in Aurora, Colorado you can make an appointment at Agreeable Dental Care by calling 303-369-7272. We look forward to seeing you soon.