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Make sure your smile stays beautiful and strong by taking care of your toothbrush. Here are some things to remember as you keep your toothbrush clean and ready.

First, make sure you have a good space to store your brush. Brushes should be stored in open air–not in a close-off space–and away from other toothbrushes. Closed spaces allow bacteria to grow rapidly and should be avoided. If you need to store your toothbrush in a closed off area, say for traveling or moving purposes, make sure to air it out as much as possible.

Second, be sure to not use your toothbrush for anything other than brushing teeth. YOUR teeth! Never, ever share your toothbrush with anyone else. This can be intensely dangerous to your oral health and to the person using it, as toothbrush sharing spreads bacteria, infection, food particles, and disease. This can cause a host of oral health problems and should be avoided entirely.

Third, make sure you are replacing your toothbrush as often as you need to–every 3-4 months, or sooner if it looks frayed, worn, or has become contaminated. When you replace your brush, choose one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal is granted to products that pass rigorous tests for safety and effectiveness, and is granted by the American Dental Association.

Finally, be sure to schedule regular dental appointments. If you are in the Houston, Texas area, call Dentists at Memorial Park at 713-861-8323. Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson and our team will be happy to help your smile stay bright!