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Don’t let your toothbrush tear down your oral health care. If your brushing habits are not done correctly, your smile will not reap the full benefits of the task. Try to focus on brushing effectively at least twice every day for 2-3 minutes per session.

Keeping your toothbrush clean is of the utmost importance. Never let your toothbrush get dirty by letting it lie around, and never let it encounter other toothbrushes, as cross contamination could occur, transferring bacteria from one brush to the other. Likewise, do not share your toothbrush with anyone else. Store your toothbrush in an upright location and make sure it can air out effectively, so moisture cannot build up. Replace your brush every 3-4 months or earlier as needed.

Enhancing your brushing routine includes improving the tools you use to accomplish the task. Try to look for a brush with soft bristles. If you are older and struggle to brush, use an electric toothbrush as an alternative. For toothpaste, look for products that contain the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This ensures the product meets rigorous safety and effectiveness plans set forth by the American Dental Association.

No matter which option for your oral health care you choose, Dr. Mark Teigen and our team at Cascade Dental Care will make sure that you receive the care and quality your smile requires. If you would like to come visit us at our dentist office in Longview, Washington, please schedule an appointment at 360-425-8140. The future of your oral health is yours to control, let us help make it great!