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Have you ever cleaned your toothbrush? If you are looking to fine-tune your tooth brushing skills, one easy method is to improve the care you give to your toothbrush. If your toothbrush is past its end date or has fallen into disrepair, it will not be able to do the job required of it. In addition, if your toothbrush becomes contaminated it could potentially harm your smile more than it could help.

Cross-contamination with toothbrushes is common when two or more individuals live together because toothbrushes often get stored together, which is an easy way for bacteria to be transported from one toothbrush to another. To evade these issues, always store your toothbrushes alone and standing upright.

Be sure to avoid storing toothbrushes in enclosed areas or spaces with little to no ventilation, as these areas can become homes for bacteria and easily contaminate your brush. Remember that your brush goes in your mouth, so for sanitary reasons, do everything you can to keep it spotless.

Before selecting a toothbrush, speak with your dentist to find out which type would work best for you, and look for toothbrushes that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance or choose a brush that your dentist has recommended. Always try to find a toothbrush that fits well in your mouth and avoid brushes with hard bristles, as they can harm your teeth and gums.

No matter which option for your tooth brushing care you choose, Dr. Greg Ortman and our team at Ortman Family Dentistry will ensure that you get the professional care and quality your smile requires. If you would like to come visit us at our dentist office in Lafayette, Indiana, please schedule an appointment at 765-447-0322. Come in today to learn all about the joys of a professional cleaning.