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If you want to keep your teeth in good shape, your toothbrush needs to be in good shape as well. Fortunately, this is not a difficult task, since your toothbrush is not a very complicated piece of equipment.

Your toothbrush needs to have soft bristles, which are in good shape. If they are worn or flattened, or if your toothbrush is three months old or older, than you need to throw it out and get a new one. Cleaning your toothbrush is easier than you may think. All you need to do is to run the bristles under the tap until they are clear of food debris and toothpaste. You do not need to sterilize your toothbrush in the microwave, the dishwasher, or in boiling water. In fact, by trying to sterilize your toothbrush, you may only succeed in damaging the bristles. If you decide to soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial solution or mouthwash to clean it, you will want to do so for no longer than 15 minutes to avoid damaging the bristles. After you have rinsed your toothbrush, store it upright where the air can dry it. If you cover your toothbrush or place it in a drawer to dry, bacteria and mold can grow on the bristles. You should also store your toothbrush away the others in your household in order to prevent the cross-contamination of oral bacteria between them.

No matter how well your brush, there is no substitute for seeing your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. If you live in the Irvine, California, area and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frank C. Raymer at Frank C Raymer DDS INC, call 949-551-2606 today. We look forward to helping you enjoy a bright and healthy smile!