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If your toothbrush is contaminated or worn, it may do more harm than help. When you want to keep your teeth clean and clear of dangerous debris and bacteria, brushing is key – but only if you take care of your toothbrush, too. Here are some guidelines to follow:

– An effective toothbrush has soft bristles with a brush head that fits easily into your mouth.

– Avoid storing toothbrushes in sealed containers for long periods of time. Instead, store it upright in a toothbrush holder or cup on your sink away from other toothbrushes. This will give it a chance to air out after use and will help avoid contamination.

– Never share a toothbrush. If you are ever in a scenario where you cannot obtain your own toothbrush, it is better to go without brushing and clean your teeth by other means than to share a toothbrush with another person. Your cleanly-washed finger and some toothpaste may do some good, as well as swishing your mouth with water or mouthwash and using sugarless gum.

– If your joints or muscles are weak and you have difficulty brushing your teeth, consider an electric toothbrush.

– You’ll want to switch out your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or every 4-6 weeks if you have gum disease. If your toothbrush bristles are worn, it’s time to buy a new toothbrush.

For any other questions about your toothbrush, Foster Dental in Brooklyn, New York is here to help. Feel free to call us at 718-673-8060 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Anthony Foster.