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As you probably know, brushing your teeth is an extremely important part of your oral hygiene routine. You may have also heard that brushing your teeth can actually help you protect the health of your entire body. If you don’t brush well, you may experience a number of issues–but did you know that if you don’t care for your toothbrush well you could be putting your oral health in danger?

For instance, if you’re interested in keeping your toothbrush as clean as possible you should let it air dry after every use. You should store your brush upright and leave it in an open area–not in a drawer. You should also make sure your brush doesn’t come in contact with anyone else’s.

You should also remember to get a new toothbrush, or a new head if you use an electric brush, about once every three months. However, you may need to replace your brush sooner if your bristles have frayed. You should also replace your brush after you deal with an illness. You see, your brush won’t kill bad bacteria, meaning bad bacteria can stay on your brush after you’ve been sick and be harbored in frayed bristles.

If you have any more question about how to care for your toothbrush, or about when you should replace it, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dentist, Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh, and our team will gladly answer any questions you have. We will also examine your teeth and gums and give you personalized advice. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 415.682.6377. We are eager to hear from you.