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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, even 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
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
One of the most important things you can do to care for your toothbrush is replace it frequently. And by frequently, we mean every 3-4 months. Germs and disease tend to grow in the bristles of your toothbrush, which can lead to serious problems. It’s also important to switch to a new brush after you have a cold, the flu, or a sore throat to stop these germs from lingering around.

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.