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Regular brushing is essential to keeping your teeth healthy. As you use it regularly, your toothbrush can wear out and gather bacteria. Keeping your toothbrush clean and well-maintained will keep this essential tool functioning well. Dr. Jamine Rogers recommends following these tips to keep your toothbrush in optimal condition to clean your teeth.

Rinse After Use
After you brush your teeth, always be sure to thoroughly rinse the brush. Using normal tap water should be fine, so you don’t need super-hot water or purified water or anything fancy like that. A thorough rinsing removes toothpaste that was left over after brushing and food particles the brushes picked up.

Store Your Brush Properly
Once you rinse your toothbrush, proper storage is very important to maintaining it. Your brush needs to be allowed to dry out completely, so store it vertically instead of laying it horizontally. You should get a good brush stand that holds each brush away from the others, and allow the brushes to dry out in an open space.

Replace Every Four Months
Your toothbrush isn’t going to last forever, and using it regularly will wear it out so it can’t clean as well. It will generally wear out around month 4, and you can tell if it is time to replace the brush by looking at the bristles. If they are split and frayed, they won’t be able to properly clean the plaque off of your teeth, so at that point, it’s best to replace it.

For more information about dental hygiene or to set an appointment, contact Shoals Smile by Design in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.