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Where do your tooth brushing skills rank? If you are looking to advance 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 projected of it. In addition, if your toothbrush becomes contaminated it could potentially harm your oral health more than it could help.

Cross-contamination with toothbrushes is common when two or more individuals live together because toothbrushes often get stored together, which is an easy way for bacteria to be moved from one toothbrush to another. To circumvent 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, as these areas can become havens 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 unsoiled.

Before deciding on a toothbrush, speak with your dentist to find out which type would work best for you, and look for toothbrushes that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance or choose a brush that your dentist has recommended. Always try to find a toothbrush that fits well in your mouth and sidestep brushes with hard bristles, as they can damage your teeth and gums.

To discuss your tooth brushing options with Dr. Milla Openko and the rest of our team at Milla Openko, DMD, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our number is 412.885.5590 , and we look forward to making your smile shine soon!