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Your toothbrush is not the most complicated thing in your house. You don’t have to check its fluid levels or its wiring, and you don’t have to change the oil. But it does need a little maintenance, but don’t worry, not much.

To clean your toothbrush, you only need to rinse it under the tap until all of the food particles and leftover toothpaste are gone. That’s it. If you try to sterilize your toothbrush by boiling or microwaving it, running it through the dishwasher, or placing it under an ultraviolet light, you will probably just damage the bristles. If you want to soak your toothbrush in mouthwash or an antibacterial solution, do so no longer than 15 minutes.

After you rinse your toothbrush, store it upright and in an area where the air can reach it and dry it out. If you keep it in the medicine cabinet or a drawer, or if you put a cover over it, then bacteria and even mold can grow on the bristles. And let’s be honest, using a moldy toothbrush defeats the purpose of brushing! Keep your toothbrush away from the other brushes in your household. If they come into contact with one another, cross-contamination of bacteria can occur. No matter how well you rinse and store your toothbrush, the day will come when it is time to say goodbye. That day usually comes three months after you buy your toothbrush. When you brush, check the bristles. If the bristles are worn or flattened, it is time for a new toothbrush.

If you have questions about oral hygiene, or if you are just looking for a family dentist, then Smile Oxford Valley Dental Associates is the place for you! If you live in the Fairless Hill, Pennsylvania area and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Kang & David Cho , call 215-949-2929 today!