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Although brushing is teeth is a vital part of our oral health care, we often fail to give the necessary amount of attention to the tool that accomplishes this task, the toothbrush. If your toothbrush is inadequate or damaged, then its ability to brush properly will be hindered. Listed below are common questions about caring for toothbrushes:

True or False: Standard toothbrushes need to be replaced every 3-4 months.
a.) True
b.) False

True or False: Sharing toothbrushes with others can cause cross-contamination to occur.
a.) True
b.) False

Which of the following attributes should you look for in a toothbrush?
a.) Soft bristles
b.) Brush heads that comfortably fit into your mouth
c.) Brushes that can easily and effectively reach all areas within your mouth
d.) All of the above

Which of the following habits can damage your toothbrush?
a.) Storing your toothbrush in an upright position
b.) Brushing too hard or for too long
c.) Using your toothbrush for tasks other than cleaning your teeth
d.) Both b and c

Answer Key: a, a, d, d

If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your oral health treatment options with Dr. Daniel A. Burton and our team at Daniel A. Burton, D.D.S., P.A., please call (316) 684-5511 to set up a visit to our dentist office in Wichita, Kansas. Get the smile you’ve always dreamed of!