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Your toothbrush is your number one dental tool when it comes to keeping your teeth clean and healthy. At Robert W Marder DMD, PLLC, we want you to know how to properly care for your toothbrush to make sure it remains sanitary and functional.

To prevent your toothbrush from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, allow it to dry out between uses. Rinse it off with running tap water before storing it in an upright position apart from other toothbrushes. A toothbrush holder with individual slots is a great investment to prevent cross-contamination.

A plastic toothbrush case will protect your toothbrush when you travel. Don’t immediately place your toothbrush in its case after use; allow it to air out for a little while. A moist environment encourages the growth of bacteria and fungi.

A high-quality toothbrush is guaranteed to last longer than its cheaper counterparts. When buying a toothbrush, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure the product is both safe and effective.

Even the best toothbrushes don’t last forever. To make sure your teeth are receiving a good brushing, replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or when it shows signs of wear (eg, frayed, spread-out bristles).

If you’re toothbrush shopping in New City, New York, contact Robert W Marder DMD, PLLC at 212-265-8291. We’re more than happy to provide you with a professional recommendation to fit your specific dental needs.