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You likely know how important it is to brush your teeth twice daily. However, do you know how to properly care for your toothbrush? Your toothbrush can more effectively care for your teeth if you take good care of your toothbrush. Read on for some toothbrush care advice from the practice of Planet Dental.

Replace
A toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months. This is because a worn-out toothbrush will not be able to clean your teeth as well. If your toothbrush bristles become frayed before the three-months mark, replace your toothbrush sooner.

Don’t Share
Sharing a toothbrush means the sharing of germs, which should be avoided. If two people share a toothbrush, they both become more at risk for decay and infections. This is of even more concern if one of the involved parties has a compromised immune system or a contagious disease.

Cleaning & Storage
After each use, thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with tap water to remove toothpaste and debris. Then, store your toothbrush upright out in the open so that it can air out. Avoid storing your toothbrush in a closed container as much as possible, as bacteria loves moist, dark areas.

If you would like to learn more about toothbrush care and to book an appointment with Dr. , our dentist in Laredo, Texas, we encourage you to call us at 956-242-4245 today.