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Taking care of your toothbrush? How hard could it be? Well, if you were expecting a blog that would give you a complicated list of things you need to do; well it’s your lucky day. Be that as it may, taking care of your toothbrush does take a little bit of work. Fortunately, it doesn’t require a great deal of work.

You may have noticed that your toothbrush did not come with a warranty. That’s because it doesn’t need one. Your toothbrush is only meant to last at three months. If yours is three months old or older, it is time to throw it out and buy a new one. If the bristles are worn or flattened, it’s time for a new one.

Cleaning your toothbrush is not a complicated proposition. You just need to run it under the faucet until the bristles are free of food particles and toothpaste. If you try to “sterilize” it by microwaving it, boiling it or running it through the dishwasher, chances are you will only succeed in damaging the bristles.

After you rinse your toothbrush, store it upright, in a place where the air can dry it. Do not keep it in a drawer or your medicine cabinet. Without air, bacteria and mold can start to grow on it.

If you have any questions about your oral hygiene routine, or if you are ready for your regular cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Eric Swensen, will be happy to see you. If you live in the Globe, Arizona, area and would like to make an appointment at Copper Vista Dental Care, call 928-425-8175 today to plan your visit.