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As people, there are many things we need to take care of. The car, the house, each other. But does your toothbrush make the list? It should! Here is a basic outline of how to take care of your toothbrush.

Replace it Often: Toothbrushes only last 3-4 months. This is the case even if the bristles look “fine.” It should be replaced even sooner if the bristles look frayed or worn out.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on any toothbrush you are looking to buy. This ensures a quality product that has been extensively tested for both safety and effectiveness. If you are traveling somewhere that doesn’t have the ADA Seal available, buy the softest-bristled brush you can find.

Store It Lonely: Don’t store your toothbrush around other toothbrushes. If you must do so due to space constraints, be sure that the heads of the toothbrushes don’t touch. This would contaminate the toothbrushes. Contaminated brushes should be replaced as soon as possible.

Store it Upright: After you are done using your toothbrush, store it upright in a well-ventilated area. This will allow the moisture to drain off, which reduces bacterial growth. The open air will help dry it off and further reduce the bacteria present on your brush.

Of course, you need to support your brushing habit with regular visits to your dentist at Legacy Trails Dental in Plano, Texas. Make sure you give us a call at 214-227-1000 to set an appointment with Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh today!