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Do you know how to properly 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.

When storing your new toothbrush, keep it upright in an open area. This allows the moisture to drain off. Moist, closed areas are excellent breeding grounds for bacteria, so it is beneficial to keep your toothbrush in a dry, well-ventilated area.  Also, be sure to store your toothbrush away from other toothbrushes. If space or other constraints require you to store your toothbrushes around other brushes, make sure the heads don’t touch. This can cross-contaminate the brushes, and you would need to throw them away and buy new ones.

Another all-too-common way people contaminate toothbrushes is sharing them. This is not only disgusting, but it is also very dangerous to your oral health. Sharing toothbrushes can introduce disease and infection, as well as food particles, plaque, and bacteria from someone else’s mouth. If anyone ever uses your toothbrush, throw it away immediately and buy a new one as soon as possible. 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 Justin Karrel DMD in Staunton, Virginia, at 540-885-1631 .  Dr. Justin Karrel and our team are happy to help!