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Looking at your toothbrush, it is obviously not the most complex piece of equipment in your home. It has no moving parts, requires no repairs, and never needs its oil changed. Even though there isn’t much to it, it does require a little maintenance to make sure that it serves you well.

When was the last time you bought a new toothbrush? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time. You should keep your toothbrush no longer than three months before replacing it. You may have a favorite hammer, wrench, spatula or other tool, but you shouldn’t get attached to a toothbrush. If the bristles are worn or flattened, it is time to throw it out. Since kids brush with more energy than adults, they may need to replace their toothbrushes more often than you.

Keeping your toothbrush clean is easy: rinse the bristles under warm water until you have washed away the food debris. You do not need to boil your toothbrush, put it in the microwave or run it through the dishwasher. In fact, doing those things will only damage the bristles.

After rinsing your toothbrush, store it in an upright position where the air can dry it. If you cover your toothbrush, or store it in a drawer or your medicine cabinet, bacteria, and even mold can grow on the bristles. You should store your toothbrush away from the others in your household to prevent the cross contamination of bacteria from one person’s mouth to another.

If you have questions about dental hygiene, if you are looking for a family dentist, or if it is just time for your routine exam, our dentist, Dr. Kenneth Pilgrim and the staff at Kenneth Pilgrim would love to meet you! If you live in the Flintstone, Georgia, area, call 706-820-0413 today to schedule an appointment.