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As your toothbrush is a key instrument in promoting good oral health, you want to choose it and then care for it well. Here are some important tips for helping you do so:

Choosing a Toothbrush:
-You’ll want to exchange your old toothbrush for a new one once every season – that is every three or four months. If you get sick, swap it out directly afterward. If you have gum disease, accelerate the pattern to every four to six weeks.
-Look for a brush with soft bristles. They clean your teeth just as well and are easier on your tooth enamel.
-Talk to Dr. John McMurray about the best brands and products to try or look for products with the ADA seal on the packaging; the latter ensures the product has been tested for both safety and effectiveness.

Caring for Your Toothbrush:
– Store your toothbrush vertically in the open air in a place that is free from other toothbrushes, such as a cup or a stand-alone toothbrush holder. This will protect it from germs.
-If your toothbrush must be stored in a sealed container (for example, on vacation) do so only for limited amounts of time, as bacteria can grow in damp, enclosed areas.
-Regular toothbrushes may not always fit your oral health care needs. For a better brush, try changing to an electric toothbrush.
-Use a brush that can easily fit into your mouth and reach all areas inside.

For further advice from our team at Legacy Smiles Family Dental, give us a call at 208-888-3311 . If you would like an oral exam from Dr. John McMurray, please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Meridian, Idaho.