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Regular brushing is essential to keeping your teeth healthy. As you use it regularly, your toothbrush can wear out and gather bacteria. Keeping your toothbrush clean and well-maintained will keep this essential tool functioning well. Our dentist recommends following these tips to keep your toothbrush in optimal condition to clean your teeth.

Rinse After Use
Always rinse your toothbrush after you use it. No need to wash in hot or purified water, just the normal tap water should be fine. Thoroughly rinsing your brush will remove food particles and leftover toothpaste that could feed the bacteria. This will prevent a lot of bacteria growing on your brush.

Store Your Brush Properly
After rinsing your brush, you should store your brush in a place where it can dry properly. You should never store it horizontally. Instead, get a good stand that will hold your brush upright and keep it from touching anyone else’s toothbrush. Let it air dry in an open space where it can dry properly.

Replace Every Four Months
Toothbrushes don’t last forever, and regular use will wear them out so they can no longer clean your teeth properly after about 4 months. One way to tell if it’s time to replace the brush is to take a close look at the bristles. If the bristles are frayed, then they can’t clean properly and it’s time to replace the brush.

For more information about dental hygiene or to set an appointment, contact Smiley Dental Garland in Dallas, Texas.