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Your toothbrush is your strongest ally in the fight against plaque and cavities. Here’s how to take care of it.

Buy: When buying a new toothbrush–once every 3-4 months–make sure to get one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. Since its inception in 1931, this program has tested products for safety and effectiveness. This ensures a quality product. Brushes must be replaced once every 3-4 months, even if they look “fine.” They need to be replaced sooner if they appear frayed or worn, or if they become contaminated.

Store: When storing a toothbrush, make sure it is in a well-ventilated area and standing upright. This allows moisture to drain off and the brush to dry out, thus reducing bacterial growth on the brush. Try not to store your toothbrush around other toothbrushes. If you must store them around other toothbrushes, make sure the heads don’t touch. Touching toothbrushes leads to cross-contamination and will lead to the brush needing to be replaced.

Avoid Sharing: NEVER share your toothbrush with anyone else, and never use anyone else’s toothbrush. This spreads food particles, debris, infection, disease, and bacteria. If someone else uses your toothbrush, replace it immediately.

For more information about toothbrushes, call Dr. Brough Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 801.773.5285. Dr. Grant Brough and our team look forward to seeing you at your next appointment in Layton, Utah.