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One of the key weapons in the fight against tooth decay is your toothbrush. The good news is that your toothbrush is pretty easy to operate and doesn’t need a great deal of care. However, your toothbrush does need a little TLC. For tips on getting the most out of your brush, read on!

Your toothbrush is good for about three months. After that, you will need to purchase a new one. And you should take a look at your toothbrush when you use it. If the bristles are worn or flattened, then it is time to retire it. Kids tend to brush with a little more energy than adults, and because of that, you may need to replace their toothbrushes more often. Your new toothbrush should have soft bristles, and the head should be small enough to reach all of your teeth.

You do need to clean your toothbrush, but it doesn’t need take too much effort. Run it under the tap until the bristles are free of food debris and toothpaste. You do not need to boil your toothbrush, put it in the microwave, or run it through the dishwasher. In fact, by doing those things, you may only succeed in damaging the bristles. After you have rinsed your toothbrush, store it upright in a place where the air can dry it. If you cover your toothbrush, bacteria and mold can grow on the bristles.

If you have questions about caring for your teeth or taking care of your toothbrush, or if it is just time for your routine cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. David Cho will be happy to see you! If you live in the Cinnaminson, New Jersey area and would like to schedule an appointment at Alpha Dental Spa.