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Taking care of your toothbrush is vital to good health care habits for your mouth. When you take proper care of your brush, it can, in turn, take proper care of your teeth!

First, don’t try to make your toothbrush last for too long. Toothbrushes only last 3-4 months! This means you need a new toothbrush every season of the year. Use the opportunity to treat yourself to a favorite color or style. Make sure that when buying a toothbrush, you choose one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal guarantees a great product. If you are in a place that doesn’t have the ADA Seal available, be sure to choose the softest-bristled toothbrush you can find. Soft bristled allow the toothbrush to work effectively without damaging your gums or enamel. Toothbrushes need to be replaced sooner if the bristled look worn or frayed.

When you have purchased your new toothbrush, be sure to store it properly. It should be stored upright, in open air, away from other toothbrushes. If you need to store it by other toothbrushes, make sure the heads don’t touch, as this can lead to cross-contamination.

After using your toothbrush (for two minutes, twice a day!), clean it gently by running it under warm water to remove any debris or food particles. Then return it to its upright position, allowing the moisture to drain and the bristles to dry off. This will help limit bacterial growth on your toothbrush.

Of course, it is important to support your toothbrush’s efforts by going to the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. To schedule an appointment in Wichita, Kansas, call Daniel A. Burton, D.D.S., P.A. at (316) 684-5511. Dr. Daniel A. Burton and our team will help keep your mouth in great shape!