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Even though you only use it twice, or maybe three times a day, your toothbrush still needs to be cleaned and maintained for it to do a good job of keeping your teeth clean.

First, how old is your toothbrush? For a toothbrush to function at an optimum level, it should be no more than three months old. Even if you have not had it that long, take a moment to examine the bristles when you brush. If they are worn out, flattened or starting to droop, it is time to get a new one. Your child may brush a little more energetically than you do, so she may need a toothbrush a little more often.

After your toothbrush has cleaned your teeth, you will need to clean your toothbrush. You need to run it under water until the debris and leftover toothpaste has been removed. Putting your toothbrush in the microwave, running it through the dishwasher, or boiling it may sound like a good idea, but in reality, you will probably only damage the bristles. Interest has grown in using an ultraviolet light device to sterilize toothbrushes, but the evidence shows that doing this may damage the toothbrush as well. You can soak it in mouthwash if you wish, but if you do so for longer than 15 minutes you could do damage to the bristles. If you do soak it in mouthwash, do not rinse your mouth or reuse it. Your toothbrush should be stored upright and out in the open where the air can dry it, and it should not come into contact with the toothbrushes of the other people in your household.  

Our dentist, Dr. Samuel Yee DDS will be happy to give you a cleaning and an exam and make recommendations about any changes that need to be made to your oral hygiene regimen. If you live in the Aliso Viejo, California area, you can reach Samuel Yee DDS INC by calling 949-831-3111. Call us today and let’s get you started on the road to a healthy smile!