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Whether you believe it or not, your toothbrush can harbor many germs and bacteria. This is why it’s important to take care of your brush and do all you can to keep it in tip-top shape. To help you to so, our Discovery Park Dental dental team has some helpful tips. Those tips are:

No. 1: Clean your hands

Unfortunately, your hands usually have high amounts of germs on them. This is why it’s important to wash your hands before you reach for your toothbrush. If you do so, the germs from your hands won’t transfer onto your toothbrush.

No. 2: Give your brush space

Try to give your toothbrush the space it needs by keeping it away from other toothbrushes. This is important because if your toothbrush bristles touch another toothbrush’s bristles, then the germs from one brush can move on over to the other.

No. 3: Let your brush dry

Wet bristles can cause trouble, which is why it’s important to let your toothbrush dry before you use it again. If you have trouble with this tip, you can always buy another toothbrush and switch between the two to let them dry properly. Also, if you have a toothbrush cover, make sure the bristles are dry before you put the cover on the brush. This can help you avoid creating a moist and bacterial-rich environment around your bristles.

No. 4: Don’t share

No matter what, don’t share your toothbrush with anyone—not even your family members. Doing so can easily spread germs and even promote tooth decay. So, if possible, always stash an extra toothbrush in your bathroom drawer.

Now, even though these tips can help you keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape, you will still need to replace it every 3-4 months or when the toothbrush bristles have been frayed. It’s also important to throw your toothbrush out after you have been sick.

If you have any questions about how to take care of your toothbrush in Cedar Park, Texas, please remember that you can always call our office at 512.260.8330. Dr. Nitya Balan and our dental team will be happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the information you need!