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Have you given your toothbrush the care and attention it needs? A toothbrush is required to clean our teeth twice daily, so it’s important to keep it in excellent condition to ensure it remains committed and capable to its daily tasks. If you begin to slack on your toothbrush care, it will not be able to serve you as well as it should. A good toothbrush is a well-maintained toothbrush.

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 Bull City Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Debora Bolton DDS 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 Dr. Debora Bolton, please schedule an appointment to our office in Durham, North Carolina. To schedule a visit, please call our team at 919-381-5900. Let us help you keep your smile bright for a lifetime!