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Brushing for two minutes, twice a day is vital to your oral health. However, if your toothbrush is out of shape, your mouth won’t get as clean as it needs to in order to maintain a healthy smile.

Your toothbrush needs to be replaced every 3-4 months, sooner if it is frayed or worn. This gives you the opportunity to get a new toothbrush! Have fun with it. There are many colors and style available. Be sure to choose a toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal indicates that the product has undergone rigorous testing for quality and safety. The seal cannot be purchased; it must be earned through scientific testing. This ensures a quality product that will be both safe and effective.

When storing your new toothbrush, make sure it is in a well-ventilated area. Closed spaces encourage bacterial growth that can be dangerous for mouth health. If you must store it in a closed space for a length of time–say, in a zip-top bag while traveling–be sure to air it out as often as possible.

Be sure to store your toothbrush away from other toothbrushes (to make sure the heads don’t touch) and never use your brush for anything other than brushing your own teeth. These things contaminate your toothbrush and render it ineffective. Your toothbrush must be clean in order to effectively clean your teeth.

For more mouth-healthy tips in Norcross, Georgia, call Carter-Rockbridge General Dentistry P.C. at 770-662-5955. And don’t forget to schedule your regular dental appointment! Professional cleanings will help support your tooth-brushing efforts. We are happy to help you on your journey of dental health!