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Your smile is often the first thing that people notice about you. Lucky for you, it’s simple and easy to take care of! The first step to taking care of a bright smile is taking care of the tools you use to keep it clean. This means taking excellent care of your toothbrush.

First, realize that toothbrushes only last 3-4 months, even if they look “fine.” They need to be replaced even sooner if the bristles look frayed, bent, or worn out. When replacing your toothbrush, be sure to snag one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. This little logo indicates that the product has undergone big-time testing for both safety and effectiveness–and passed the tests.

When storing your new toothbrush, store it upright. This allows the moisture to drain off. A dry brush, combined with open-air storage, will help reduce the amount of bacteria on the toothbrush head. A poorly-ventilated area and moist toothbrush is a great way for bacteria to multiply.

Speaking of bacteria–make sure to not allow your toothbrush to become contaminated. Cross-contamination of toothbrushes happens when the heads touch, so make sure to not store your toothbrush around other toothbrushes. If you must store it around other brushes, make sure the heads don’t touch.

For more information on how to take care of your toothbrush, feel free to contact our office in New York, New York at 212.799.6900. Dr. Spyridon Condos and our team will be happy to help you!