Taking Care of Your Toothbrush

When you are caring for your teeth and mouth, one of the most important tools you will use in your home is the toothbrush.  They do more than removing stains on the teeth!  It is vital in removing the plaque from the gum line and avoiding gum disease that can affect your overall health.  Brushing your teeth properly is the most effective way to remove this plaque and debris that are the cause of bad breath.  What most people don’t understand, however, is that taking proper care of the toothbrush is essential if you want to have an effective tool to keep the mouth clean.

Practical Tips for Care of the Toothbrush

Make sure your mouth is in the best health possible.  
Follow these simple and practical tips to keep your toothbrush working at optimal levels.
1. Don’t share your toothbrush!  By using someone else’s brush, you risk swapping bacteria and microorganisms that could be living inside their mouth.  This can cause infections, bad breath and worse.
2. Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after each use.  Every time you brush, your toothbrush is filled with bacteria, debris, and plaque.  Simply rinse it under warm water to remove all the remaining items that don’t belong living on your toothbrush.
3. Store your toothbrush upright when it’s not in use.    This allows the bristles to air dry and prevents the growth of microbial organisms.  This will keep you safe from infections and overall poor oral health.
4. Every three to four months you should replace your toothbrush.  If the bristles begin fraying or becoming 

Techniques for Brushing

The best way to care for your toothbrush is to make sure that you are using it properly while brushing. Make sure you visit your 22015 dentist and have him demonstrate the proper way to brush your teeth.   Most likely, they will instruct you to be sure that your brush is always touching every surface of the tooth to be most effective.  In addition, a soft bristle toothbrush is most recommended to ensure no oral irritation.  


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