Make sure that you are taking the necessary steps to brush your teeth effectively. This includes taking care of your toothbrush. If you’re unsure about what sort of toothbrush you should use, speak with your dentist about product recommendations or look for toothbrushes that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

You should choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles. If you have mobility problems with your arms, have joint pain or are getting older, try an electric toothbrush. And don’t forget to visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and examination.

Storing your toothbrush correctly is essential to keeping it from becoming contaminated. If for any reason it comes into contact with other brushes or a dirty surface, it can end up harboring germs and bacteria. Make sure that it is always stored upright in an area where the air dry it. Make sure to never store your brush in a closed container as it can grow bacteria and even mold. It’s also a good idea never to share toothbrushes

Usually, replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. If you notice that it wears out before then, you need to replace it even earlier. Also, children need to have their toothbrushes replaced more often.

Christopher L. Louie, DDS, Inc. wants to help you with your oral hygiene care. To schedule an appointment at our office in Fremont, California, please call us at 510-656-7778. Dr. Christopher Louie and our team look forward to speaking with you soon!