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As you may have figured already, your toothbrush tends to harbor bacteria, germs, and infections each day. This is why it is extremely important to take care of your toothbrush so you don’t risk getting yourself sick and so you don’t harm your smile. To help you care for your chompers each day and keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape, our Simpson Dental Associates team recommends doing the following things:

· Wash your hands. If you have clean hands, the chances of you transferring germs to your brush decrease. So, wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after you brush and floss your teeth.

· Rinse your toothbrush with warm water after brushing. Then, store your brush upright so it can air dry. It’s very important that it dries completely before you put a cover over it.

· Do not use a toothbrush that is still wet. To help make this a bit easier, we recommend having two toothbrushes. That way you can use one of the brushes while the other dries.

· No matter what you do, do not share a toothbrush with someone. Doing so will easily spread germs and increase your risks of developing tooth decay. Also, please try to keep your toothbrush bristles from touching any other bristles while it’s being stored.

· If you have been sick, always replace your toothbrush once you start feeling better.

· Another thing to avoid while being sick is sharing a tube of toothpaste with your friends or family members. Sharing toothpaste can spread germs and can make your loved ones sick as well.

For more information about toothbrush care and oral hygiene in Charleston, West Virginia, call 304-342-6162 today and talk to a member of our caring dental team. We are more than happy to give you all of the information you need so you can better understand the proper techniques of smile and toothbrush care. Dr. Mark Simpson and our team look forward to hearing from you!