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Your toothbrush spends a lot of time in your mouth, which is why it’s imperative that it remain as sanitary as possible. A clean toothbrush will help your smile stay clean, bright, and strong. Our team at Rita Frazier DDS Cosmetic & General Dentistry offers the following advice to make sure your toothbrush is in tip top shape.

– Do you clean your toothbrush? To prevent your toothbrush from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, you should rinse it off with running tap water before storing it in an upright position.

– Does your toothbrush come in contact with dirty objects? If your toothbrush falls on the floor, touches another toothbrush, or was used during cold and flu season, you should throw it away.

– Is your toothbrush stored in a bacteria-friendly environment? A moist environment encourages the growth of bacteria and fungi. Keeping your toothbrush in a dry, airy environment and not storing it in a case while wet will reduce the risk of bacterial growth.

– Is your toothbrush too old? Even the best toothbrushes don’t last forever. To make sure your teeth are receiving a good brushing, replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or when it shows signs of wear (eg, frayed, spread-out bristles).

For more information on keeping your toothbrush clean and useable, feel free to contact us at 757-587-6399. Our facility is located in Norfolk, Virginia.