Help Your Toothbrush Help Your Smile!

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Brushing your teeth is such a frequent need that the habit can become mindless. Prevent that from happening by reviewing these tips.

Remember: replace your brush at least every 3-4 months. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are the only good option for your teeth. Brushes with hard bristles can weaken tooth enamel and tear up your gums. Also, look for brushes that fit easily into your mouth to enable a deep clean. If you choose to decline the traditional toothbrush, electric toothbrushes are also highly useful! They have many features available. Some even come with timers, to ensure you are getting your full two minutes of teeth-cleaning in every session.

Toothbrushes that are dirty should no longer be used. Don’t ever share your toothbrush with another person, or use someone else’s toothbrush. Toothbrush sharing leads to serious cross-contamination, passing bacteria, infection, and disease from person to person and rendering the toothbrush (and the toothbrush time) thoroughly ineffective.

Cross-contamination can also occur when the heads of toothbrushes touch. Always try to store your toothbrush separately from other brushes, in an open, well-ventilated area free of contamination.  

Keeping your teeth clean ensures bacteria and harmful acids will not be able to damage your smile. To schedule a professional cleaning appointment in Fresno, California, call My Fresno Family Dentist at 559-432-2975.  Your smile deserves the very best of care, and Dr. Claudia J. Trujillo can offer it!