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Toothbrush care may be essential to proper teeth cleaning
Updated: 5/15/2011 8:59:59 PM

Taking care of your toothbrush is an important part of sustaining good oral health Many people know that proper dental hygiene requires brushing teeth two times daily, but do they understand that their toothbrush should receive as much attention as their smile?

According to a recent article published in the San Jose Mercury News, toothbrush state can affect whether a patient receives praise from his or her dentist.

"Toothbrush bristles that are worn or frayed from use cannot effectively remove plaque, which is critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums," Sebastiana Springmann, a Virginia dentist, told the news provider.

The newspaper reported that individuals should not cover their toothbrush after use, but should instead allow it to air dry. This is because bacteria thrive in damp, enclosed environments. Toothbrushes should also be kept in an upright position and stored at least six feet away from toilets, which can expel germs when they are flushed.

In between replacing toothbrushes every three months, people may consider sanitizing these tools, the news source recommended. This can be as simple as placing the brushes in a cup full of anti-bacterial mouthwash for five minutes each day.

The American Dental Association suggests that individuals use a fluoride toothpaste that is approved by the organization, as well as interdental cleaners.

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