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Are your teeth and toothbrush as clean as they could be? If you are looking to improve your tooth brushing skills, one easy method is to expand the care you give to your toothbrush. If your toothbrush is past its expiration date or has fallen into disorder, it will not be able to do the job required of it. Additionally, if your toothbrush becomes contaminated it could potentially harm your teeth and gums more than it could help.

Cross-contamination with toothbrushes is common when two or more individuals live together because toothbrushes frequently get stored together, which is an easy way for bacteria to be transferred from one toothbrush to another. To sidestep these issues, always store your toothbrushes alone and standing upright.

Be sure to avoid storing toothbrushes in bounded areas or spaces with little to no ventilation, as these areas can become cesspools for bacteria and easily contaminate your brush. Remember that your brush goes in your mouth, so for sanitary reasons, do everything you can to certify it stays clean.

Before purchasing a toothbrush, speak with your dentist to find out which type would work best for you, and look for toothbrushes that contain the ADA Seal of Acceptance or choose a brush that your dentist has recommended. Always try to find a toothbrush that fits properly in your mouth and avoid brushes with hard bristles, as they can damage your teeth and gums.

To schedule an appointment with your dentist at Scottsdale Dental Excellence, call our dentist office in Scottsdale, Arizona at 301-474-8277. Dr. Clark and our entire team want to ensure your oral health is treated well for years to come.