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Taking care of your smile is important. It makes such a difference in your daily life! But in order to take care of your smile, you need to take care of the tools you use to clean your mouth. Particularly, you need to take care of your toothbrush. Luckily, it’s very simple to do so.

First, make sure you have a fresh toothbrush. Toothbrushes only last 3-4 months–this means you need a new toothbrush for every season of the year. Replace your brush sooner if the bristles appear worn or frayed.

When buying your toothbrush, make sure to find a brush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the package. This little logo has a big meaning–it indicates that the product has undergone (and passed!) rigorous testing for both safety and effectiveness. The seal cannot be be purchased– it must be earned. This guarantees that you get a quality product that does what it says it does.

When you are storing your new toothbrush, make sure to store it upright in open air. This will allow any moisture to drain off of the brush, helping to keep it clean. Open air is important, as a closed-off space is an excellent way for bacteria to grow quickly. Do not store your toothbrush around other toothbrushes. This can lead to cross-contamination and would require you to replace your toothbrush early.

To clean your toothbrush after using it, simply rinse the head with plain water to remove all food particles and debris from the brush.

For more information on taking care of your teeth, contact JDA DMD, LLC in Ridgewood, New Jersey. We can be reached at 201-444-1048. Dr. John Aston and our team will be happy to help!