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If you want to have optimum oral health care than brushing your teeth is a good starting stone to fine-tune your skills. Brushing twice daily is an effective tool in the battle against tooth decay and gum disease, but an often neglected part of toothbrush care lies in the care for the toothbrush itself. If you dental tools are left in disrepair or unhygienic storing conditions, they will not able to provide the optimum oral health services for which they are designed.

The first step for effective toothbrush care is to ensure that toothbrushes are not shared. Additionally, avoid any form of cross-contamination by avoiding sharing your brush, or letting it touch other brushes. Always keep your brush clean when not in use. Do not store it in closed containers for long periods of time.

The style and shape of your toothbrush is also important. Always use a toothbrush that fits easily in your mouth. Try to find a brush with soft bristles, as stiff bristles can be overly abrasive or harmful to your gums. If you struggle to brush your teeth, electric toothbrushes can make brushing easier.

Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Always look for a brush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The same goes for toothpaste. Although daily brushing is effective, visit us at Derek C. Barnes, DMD at least every six months for an oral exam or professional cleaning.

Brushing your teeth with a clean brush twice daily can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease caused by plaque buildup. If you would like a professional cleaning or an oral exam from Dr. Derek C. Barnes, please schedule an appointment to our office in Charlotte, North Carolina. To schedule a visit, please call our team at 704-849-6700. Let us help you keep your smile bright for a lifetime!