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Do you know how to take care of your toothbrush? There are many things to consider as you properly buy, store, and protect your most-used dental hygiene tool.

Buy a new toothbrush every 3-4 months. Replace your brush earlier if it becomes contaminated in any way, or if the bristles look frayed or worn.

After you use your toothbrush, rinse it well with clean water, then store it upright in a well-ventilated area. This reduces the rate of bacterial growth on your toothbrush. If you must keep it in a closed area temporarily–say, while traveling–be sure to air it out as much as possible.

Do not store your toothbrush around other toothbrushes. If space or other constraints require you to store your toothbrushes near other brushes, make sure the heads don’t touch–this can cross-contaminate the brushes. When your brushes are contaminated, you need to throw them away, then buy new ones.

Another all-too-common way people intentionally contaminate toothbrushes is by sharing them. This is very dangerous to your oral health! Sharing toothbrushes can introduce food particles, plaque, and bacteria, as well as disease or infection from someone else’s mouth. If anyone ever uses your toothbrush, throw it away immediately and buy a new one. Even if you can’t buy a new brush immediately–put some toothpaste on a clean finger and brush your teeth that way for an evening if you need to. Never use someone else’s toothbrush–even family or significant others’–and never use your toothbrush for anything other than brushing teeth.

For more information, call Dido Kim in North Bergen, New Jersey, at 201-854-5500. Our team is happy to help!