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Taking care of your oral health care tools is vital for a healthy smile. One of the most important tools you have is your toothbrush. Here are some things to remember as you take care of it.

First, know that your toothbrush is yours, and only yours. Never share your toothbrush with anyone else. This would spread bacteria, food particles, infections, and disease between people. This is extremely dangerous to your oral health. Similarly, never use your toothbrush for any task other than brushing your own teeth.

Second, be careful how you store your toothbrush. It should be in open air, without being in a closed space. Closed spaces allow for rapid bacterial growth and should be avoided. If you must store your brush in a closed space, say for traveling purposes, be sure to air it out as much as possible. Don’t store your toothbrush by other toothbrushes if you can help it. If you must store it near other brushes, make sure the heads don’t touch, as that can cross-contaminate the toothbrush. If your toothbrush has been contaminated, throw it away immediately and buy a new brush.

Third, replace your toothbrush often. Even if they do not get contaminated, toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal ensures you are getting a quality product.

Finally, support your tooth brushing habits with regular visits to your dentist! If you are in the Costa Mesa, California area, be sure to call Tao Sun, DDS at 949-645-8887 to set your next appointment. Dr. Tao Sun will be happy to see you!