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Your toothbrush is an important part of your daily routine, and shopping for a new one can be a pain. When well-cared for, your toothbrush should last as much as four months. To help it reach full life expectancy, New Prague Gentle Dental Care has provided some useful tips.

One of the main reasons people throw away their toothbrushes is contamination. To keep your toothbrush sanitary, rinse it thoroughly after each use and store it upright in a dry, airy environment. If you can, keep toothbrushes separated, especially during cold and flu season, as contact will cause cross-contamination.

When you travel, store your toothbrush in a plastic case to protect the bristles from wear and germs. Don’t immediately place your toothbrush in its case after use; allow it to air out for a little while. A moist environment, like a closed case, 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 reliable.

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 and falling-out bristles).

If you have further questions about preserving your toothbrush in New Prague, Minnesota, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 952-758-3003. We’re happy to take care of all your dental concerns, no matter how small.