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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
This rule might seem obvious. Clearly, sharing your toothbrush could invite a host of germs into your smile. But, this rule includes not sharing your toothbrush with anyone, including your significant other. When you clean your gums, they sometimes bleed, which gets on the toothbrush. That means that sharing your toothbrush can lead to a variety of new germs being introduced into your immune system.

Store your toothbrush properly
One of the most important aspects of properly caring for your toothbrush is storing it appropriately. For instance, if you allow your toothbrush to come in contact with another, you run the risk of cross-contamination. Similarly, recommend that you rinse your toothbrush after each us and then store it upright. This will allow your brush to dry adequately before you need it again. Finally, store your toothbrush in the open to avoid creating an environment where germs thrive.

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.