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Regular brushing is essential to keeping your teeth healthy. As you use it regularly, your toothbrush can wear out and gather bacteria. Keeping your toothbrush clean and well-maintained will keep this essential tool functioning well. Our dentist recommends following these tips to keep your toothbrush in optimal condition to clean your teeth.

Rinse After Use
After you brush your teeth, always be sure to thoroughly rinse the brush. Using normal tap water should be fine, so you don’t need super-hot water or purified water or anything fancy like that. A thorough rinsing removes toothpaste that was left over after brushing and food particles the brushes picked up.

Store Your Brush Properly
After rinsing your brush, you should store your brush in a place where it can dry properly. You should never store it horizontally. Instead, get a good stand that will hold your brush upright and keep it from touching anyone else’s toothbrush. Let it air dry in an open space where it can dry properly.

Replace Every Four Months
Toothbrushes don’t last forever, and regular use will wear them out so they can no longer clean your teeth properly after about 4 months. One way to tell if it’s time to replace the brush is to take a close look at the bristles. If the bristles are frayed, then they can’t clean properly and it’s time to replace the brush.

For more information about dental hygiene or to set an appointment, contact Smiley Dental Hampton in Dallas, Texas.