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The most sophisticated and complicated tool in your house…is not your toothbrush. Actually, your toothbrush is a fairly simple tool, which somewhat ironic, considering the important job it has to do. While your toothbrush is a fairly straight forward piece of technology, it does need a little TLC from time to time.

First, your toothbrush should have a head that is small enough to reach every tooth in your mouth. You may notice that the bristles may differ from brush to brush. The bristles may be designed to reach between your teeth, but what is important is that you choose a toothbrush with soft bristles.

When cleaning your toothbrush, all you need to do is to rinse the bristles until they are free of food debris and toothpaste. You do not need to boil or microwave your toothbrush, or run it through the dishwasher to sterilize it. In fact, by doing any of those things you risk damaging the bristles. You should store your toothbrush upright in a place where the air can dry it, and away from other toothbrushes to avoid cross-contamination of bacteria between people’s mouths. Whenever you brush your teeth, take a moment to look at your toothbrush. If the bristles are worn or flattened, it is time to replace it. If your toothbrush is three months old or older, it should be replaced

If you have questions about your oral hygiene, if it is time for your regular cleaning and exam, or if you are looking for a dentist for your family, our dentist, Dr. Joe Gerard will be happy to see you! If you live in the Phoenix, Arizona area, you can call 602-910-3860 to schedule an appointment at Arizona Dental.