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As important as it is to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, it is also important to give appropriate care and attention to the tools you will be using. No matter how often you may clean your teeth, if your toothbrush is not up to the task, your efforts may fail. Improve your toothbrush managing techniques with these 6 simple tips:

ADA Seal: Use toothbrushes and toothpaste that are dentist-recommended or have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The seal is given out by the American Dental Association and ensures the products meet the top safety and effectiveness guidelines. Look for this seal on toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and other interdental cleaners.

Cross-Contamination: Never share your toothbrush with anyone else! This spreads bacteria and contaminates the toothbrush. Also, avoid cross-contamination by storing your toothbrush away from other toothbrushes.

Replace: Replace used toothbrushes every 3-4 months. Replace before that if your brush looks frayed or worn. An old toothbrush is an ineffective toothbrush.

Storage: Store your toothbrush upright in a well-ventilated area. If you must store your toothbrush in a closed container for traveling or other purposes, do so for only shorts periods at a time.

Treat Yourself: If you struggle to use a traditional toothbrush, switch to an electric toothbrush. This will help keep your teeth clean with less discomfort for you.

Dental Exams: Regular dental appointments can help you brush up on your brushing techniques, as well as help you spot dental emergencies, such as cavities, early on. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Carol Halloran, please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Waterloo, Iowa. We can be reached at 319.291.3908. We are here to help you get the healthy smile of your dreams!