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Do you keep your toothbrush in good condition? Don’t let your toothbrush fall into disrepair, or your teeth may suffer. Cleaning your teeth with a dirty toothbrush is counterproductive and will serve no purpose at all. In fact, a dirty toothbrush could potentially do more harm to your teeth than brushing at all. Introducing additional germs and bacteria to your mouth is not a good idea, so keep your brush clean so it can keep your mouth healthy.

The first step for effective toothbrush care is to ensure that toothbrushes are not shared. Additionally, avoid any form of cross-contamination by avoiding sharing your brush, or letting it touch other brushes. Always keep your brush clean when not in use. Do not store it in closed containers for long periods of time.

The style and shape of your toothbrush is also important. Always use a toothbrush that fits easily in your mouth. Try to find a brush with soft bristles, as stiff bristles can be overly abrasive or harmful to your gums. If you struggle to brush your teeth, electric toothbrushes can make brushing easier.

Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Always look for a brush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The same goes for toothpaste. Although daily brushing is effective, visit us at Mark D. Berard, DDS at least every six months for an oral exam or professional cleaning.

Brushing your teeth with a clean brush twice daily can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease caused by plaque buildup. If you would like a professional cleaning or an oral exam from Dr. Mark Berard, please schedule an appointment to our office in Holland, Michigan. To schedule a visit, please call our team at 616-392-2853. Let us help you keep your smile bright for a lifetime!