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You can brush every day, twice a day, but if your toothbrush is ineffective, it will at best be a waste of time, and at worst, put your mouth in danger of bacterial contamination. Let’s review the ways to make sure your toothbrushing habit is as effective as possible.

First, your toothbrush is yours. No one else’s. Toothbrush sharing can lead to gross cross-contamination, spreading bacteria and other microbes between sharers. This renders your toothbrush and tooth brushing time completely ineffective. Cross-contamination can also happen if toothbrushes touch during storage. Be sure to store your toothbrush in a well-ventilated area, upright, not touching other toothbrushes. When traveling, seal the toothbrush in a zip-top plastic bag, and air it out when possible. This will protect it from contamination and avoid excess bacterial growth.

When it comes time to replace your toothbrush–every 3-4 months–look for a soft-bristled toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The American Dental Association awards this seal to products that have undergone rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness. You can also ask your dentist for personal recommendations. Be sure to get a toothbrush that is the right size for your mouth to avoid discomfort.

Electric toothbrushes can also be very effective! Some even come with built-in timers, to make sure you are getting your full 2 minutes every time you brush your teeth.

These are great ways to make sure your toothbrushing habit serves you the best that it can, but don’t forget your bi-annual professional cleanings at MI Beautiful Smile! Regular dental visits and professional cleanings will help keep your smile shining! Call 248-634-7002 to schedule your appointment today!