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Caring for your teeth by brushing and flossing every day is very important for your oral health. However, did you know that caring for your toothbrush helps you to better care for your smile? Our dentist and team are happy to give you some toothbrush tips. Read on for some toothbrush care tips.

Caring for Your Toothbrush
To keep your toothbrush and your mouth in good shape, make sure to allow your toothbrush to dry out between uses. If not cared for properly, toothbrushes can be the breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. After you brush your teeth, rinse your toothbrush well under tap water. Store your toothbrush upright so that it can air out. Make sure that your toothbrush doesn’t touch any other toothbrushes. This can help prevent cold and flu viruses from being spread.

Replacing Your Toothbrush
Toothbrushes don’t last indefinitely. Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three months. After this amount of time, wear and tear makes a toothbrush much less effective at removing plaque from the teeth and gums. Also, Dr. Rita D. Wright recommends that you replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold, a mouth infection, a sore throat, or the flu. These germs can get in the toothbrush bristles and lead to reinfection.

Contact Wright Smile Center of Woodbridge at 703-878-7883 today to learn more about toothbrush care and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Woodbridge, Virginia.