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Your toothbrush never needs a software update or repairs. It is a very simple piece of equipment. It has no warranty and you never need to take it in for repairs, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need any care.

With that in mind, taking care of your toothbrush is not that hard. To keep it in good shape, you just need to rinse it until it is free of leftover toothpaste and food debris. Then, store it upright in a place where the air can thoroughly dry it. If you leave it in a drawer, or a medicine cabinet, or in a container, the moisture and the darkness will allow bacteria and possibly even mold to grow on the bristles. Using a toothbrush full of mold is counterproductive to brushing your teeth!

Your toothbrush does not need to be sterilized. Running it through the dishwasher, putting in the microwave or even boiling it may cause damage to the bristles, but will not make it any cleaner. Some people place their toothbrush under an ultraviolet light, but there is no evidence that this
does it any good.

Your toothbrush does need to be protected by storing it away from the other toothbrushes in your household. That will prevent cross-contamination of bacteria between toothbrushes and people’s mouths. You may want to consider keeping some disposable toothbrushes on hand in case someone in your household becomes ill. Finally, you should replace your toothbrush every three months, or if the bristles become worn or flattened.

No matter how well you brush, and no matter how well you care for your toothbrush, there is no substitute for visiting your dentist every six months for your routine cleaning and examination. If it is time for your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Richard C. Quinttus at Rahn Dental Group in Dayton, Ohio, call (937) 435-0324 today.