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How would you rank your tooth brushing skills? As a habit that you should be practicing at least twice daily, would you say that you are doing a great job brushing your teeth? If you said yes, did you take into account how well your toothbrush maintenance is? Although many people take extra care to brush their teeth effectively, they fail to remember to take care of their brush as well. Here are few tips to help you find and care for the perfect toothbrush:

– A toothbrush is no good if it has become contaminated, so be sure to keep your brush clean when not in use.
– Never share toothbrushes with other people, or cross-contaminate them against other toothbrushes.
– Never store toothbrushes in sealed containers for long periods of time. Sealed containers can trap moisture and cause bacteria and mold to grow.
– A good toothbrush has soft bristles and fits easily into your mouth. The brush head should be small enough to fit in your mouth but large enough to easily reach all areas inside.
– Look for a toothbrush that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance or has been approved or recommended by your dentist.
– Older individuals or people who cannot easily brush their teeth and gums should look into an electric toothbrush to make brushing easier.
– Never use a toothbrush if it has worn out. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or even earlier if necessary.

For more oral health care advice or to schedule an oral exam with Dr. Norman B. Fine and our team at our periodontist office in Greenville, South Carolina, please contact Fine Periodontics at 864-299-5900. We look forward to helping you soon!