Are you committed to protecting your smile? Do you make a habit of brushing your teeth every morning and night? Do you even brush your teeth after every meal? If so, good for you—but there’s even more you can do.To ensure that your mouth is as clean and safe as possible, you should care for your toothbrush. Here are a few recommendations:

Don’t share your toothbrush
You don’t want to share your germs with anyone else, and you don’t want to introduce other people’s germs into your immune system. This rule seems fairly obvious, but it extends to even your significant other. This is important because when you clean your gums you occasionally bleed and this blood will end up on your toothbrush, meaning that some of the germs in that blood can be introduced your body.

Store your toothbrush properly
We recommend that you store your toothbrush upright in an open space. This combination will let your toothbrush air-dry before you need it again. We also recommend that you avoid touching other toothbrushes to prevent cross-contamination. Fortunately, there are convenient holders designed to hold your toothbrush upright, separated, and in the open.

Replace your toothbrush often
We recommend that you replace your toothbrush at least every four months. After the first few months, the bristles of your toothbrush will become frayed and will be less effective for replacing plaque and tartar. Furthermore, fungus and bacteria can build up in your toothbrush.

If you follow these steps, you can care effectively for your smile. Please feel free to contact us soon if you would like to learn anything else about how you can care for your toothbrush and your smile.