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When is the last time you read the owner’s manual for your toothbrush? Probably never, since manual toothbrushes have no moving parts. But, for your toothbrush to do its job well, it does need a little care. But don’t worry, it doesn’t need much!

The best thing you can do is to know when to retire your toothbrush. If the bristles are worn or flattened, of if you have had it for three or more months, it is time to get a new one. Look for one with a head small enough to reach every part of your mouth, and with soft bristles. You need to make sure that you keep it clean, but this is a pretty easy thing to do Just rinse the bristles under running water until they are clean of food debris and toothpaste. Then, store it upright where the air can reach it, and in a place away from the other toothbrushes in your household. These steps are necessary to make sure that bacteria and mold don’t grow on the bristles, and that there is no cross-contamination of oral bacteria between people.

Of course, no matter how well you brush, you should always see our dentist, Dr. Eric Swensen at Copper Vista Dental Care in Globe, Arizona, every six months for your routine cleaning and checkup. We can remove the plaque and tartar you may have missed while brushing, and check your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. If you would like to make an appointment, call our office today at 928-425-8175.