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Even though your toothbrush is a very simple tool it still needs a little TLC to make sure that is functions at its optimum level.

Cleaning your toothbrush is a much easier than you might think. You do not need to boil your toothbrush, put it in the microwave or dishwasher or under an ultraviolet light. In fact, doing those things will not sterilize your toothbrush and will probably just damage the bristles. If you soak your toothbrush in a sterilizing solution or mouthwash, do so for no longer than 15 minutes, and do not reuse the solution or mouthwash. To clean your toothbrush, simply run the bristles under water until they are clear of food debris and toothpaste.

You should store your toothbrush upright and in an area where the air can thoroughly dry it. Toothbrushes should be kept separate from one another to avoid the cross contamination of bacteria from one brush to another. If someone in your household becomes sick, they should get a new toothbrush when they recover, or you may want to consider purchasing some disposable toothbrushes for people to use when they become ill.

You should also know when to change out your toothbrush. Fortunately, toothbrushes are not very expensive, are easy to replace every three months, which is about as long as you should keep it If the bristles on your toothbrush are worn or flattened, it is time to get a new toothbrush. Children tend to brush with a little more energy than adults and they may need to new toothbrushes more often.

Of course, no matter how well your brush or how well you care for your toothbrush, there is no substitute for seeing your dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination. If it is time for your routine appointment, our dentist, Dr. Teresa Eplett will be happy to see you. If you live in the Medford, Oregon, area, you can call 541-772-8280 to schedule an appointment at ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc..