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Grab Your Toothbrush

Smile: It’s Time for a Little Spring Cleaning

Most people know that nutrition and exercise have a central role in good health. But a healthy mouth is also an important part of a healthy body.

It’s important to brush and floss regularly to keep teeth and gums in the best possible condition. Experts also recommend that everyone takes good care of their toothbrush too.

Here are some spring cleaning recommendations:

Don’t share. Sharing a toothbrush is a no-no because that’s how germs are passed back and forth. This is of particular concern for anyone with a compromised immune system or an existing infectious disease such as a cold.

Clean it properly every time. After brushing, thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with tap water to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris. Store the brush in an upright position so it can air-dry. If your family has a group toothbrush holder on the sink, make sure you keep everyone’s brush separated to prevent cross-contamination.

Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers. A closed container creates a moist environment, which is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms.

Replace toothbrushes regularly. After about three to four months, bristles become frayed and worn with use, and the cleaning effectiveness decreases. Check brushes for wear and replace them more frequently if needed. Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adult brushes.