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Are there ways to enhance the quality of your toothbrush? If you are looking to upgrade your tooth brushing skills, one easy method is to improve the care you give to your toothbrush. If your toothbrush is past its expiration date or has sunk into disrepair, it will not be able to do the job required of it. In addition, if your toothbrush becomes contaminated it could potentially damage your teeth and gums more than it could help.

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

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

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

If you are in need of a professional cleaning treatment from our team at Angela M. Osborn, DDS, PC at our dentist office in Lone Tree, Colorado, please contact us at 303-799-9993 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angela Osborn. The path to a healthy smile starts today!