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How can you improve your tooth brushing skills? One easy method is to improve the care you give to your toothbrush. If your toothbrush is past its expiration date or has fallen into disrepair, it will not be able to do the job required of it. In addition, if your toothbrush becomes contaminated it could potentially harm your teeth and gums more than it could help.

Cross-contamination with toothbrushes is common. When two or more individuals live together, toothbrushes often get stored together. Sadly, this is an easy way for bacteria to be transferred from one toothbrush to another. To avoid these issues, always store your toothbrushes alone and standing upright.

Be sure to avoid storing toothbrushes in enclosed areas or spaces with little to no ventilation. These areas can become cesspools for bacteria and easily contaminate your brush. Remember that your brush goes in your mouth, so for sanitary reasons, do everything you can to keep it clean.

Before purchasing a toothbrush, speak with our dentists to find out which type would work best for you. Always try to find a toothbrush that fits well in your mouth. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance or choose a brush that your doctor has recommended. Avoid brushes with hard bristles, as they can damage your gums. If you cannot lift and brush easily, an electric toothbrush may be able to help.

To discuss your tooth brushing options with Dr. Malaviya, Dr. Sardhara, and the rest of our team at Creative Dental Group, simply book an appointment at our dental office in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Our number is 508-990-9900, and we look forward to making your smile shine soon!