A woman brushing her teeth in the mirror shows the importance of proper dental hygiene.Many know the essential role that regular tooth brushing plays in the battle against tooth decay and infection. Yet Redmond WA dentists are noticing that some patients are unaware of other important toothbrush factors to consider in their efforts to maintain sound oral health.

The oral cavity contains numerous different types of microorganisms — some good and some bad. When teeth are brushed, some of these microorganisms end up being transferred to your toothbrush. Dr. McNeill highlights a few precautions to keep in mind in order to minimize issues arising with the condition of your toothbrush.

1. Change Toothbrush Regularly—Develop the habit of replacing your ADA approved toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if bristles become frayed or worn. Use a new toothbrush after getting over a sickness, like a cold or flu.

2. Storage Habits—Store toothbrushes as far away from the toilet as possible. Don’t keep toothbrushes covered in closed areas, as microorganisms thrive in moist environments.

3. Clean Well—Ensure that all leftover toothpaste and food debris is thoroughly removed from the toothbrush by adequately rinsing it with water after usage.

4. Use Your Own Toothbrush—Sharing a toothbrush can result in the exchange of unwanted microorganisms, and increase the risk of developing infections or other oral health issues. Prevent cross-contamination by storing toothbrushes far enough apart.

Contact us today for all your dental needs, including any questions you have about your oral health. As one of the premier Redmond WA dentists, Dr. McNeill would be happy to assist you in maintaining a youthful, healthy-looking set of pearly whites that keeps you smiling proudly.

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