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Your toothbrush does a lot of work scrubbing and cleaning your teeth twice each day. It takes good care of you and your chompers, but that’s only possible if you take care of it. So, our South Coast Family Dentistry dental team has some helpful tips that can help you keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape. Those tips are:

No. 1: Clean your hands

Make sure you wash your hands before you brush your teeth. This is important because if you forget to wash, there is a chance the germs from your hands can transfer to your toothbrush, promoting infection and even disease.

No. 2: Give your brush space

It’s best to store your toothbrush in a place where it won’t touch other toothbrushes. If your brush touches your family members’ toothbrush bristles, then the germs from their brush can move on over to your brush. This is especially disconcerting if your family member has been sick.

No. 3: Let your brush dry

Make sure your toothbrush bristles are dry before you use the brush again. Also, if you have a toothbrush cover, make sure the bristles are dry before you put it on. This is because the moist environment can promote bacteria growth.

No. 4: Don’t share

Keep your toothbrush to yourself. Please don’t share it with other people—not even your family members. Sharing a toothbrush can easily transfer germs from one person to the other and it can even promote tooth decay.

Now, even if you do these four things, you’ll still need to exchange your toothbrush with a new one after you’ve used it for 3-4 months or when the bristles have frayed. It’s also important to throw out your brush after you have been sick.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in knowing more about how to keep a clean and pristine toothbrush in Coos Bay, Oregon, please call our office at 541-269-5353 and talk to Dr. Keith Huff or a member of our dental team. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!