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When was the last time you tuned up or repaired your toothbrush? Hopefully, the answer to that question is “never” since you should not keep a toothbrush around any longer than three months. If your toothbrush is three months or older, or if the bristles are worn or flattened, it is time to purchase a new one.

Cleaning your toothbrush is a relatively easy process. You just need to run it under water until the bristles are clear of food debris and leftover toothpaste. Your toothbrush does not need to be sterilized. If you place it in a microwave, dishwasher or boiling water, all you will really do is damage the bristles. While placing a toothbrush under an ultraviolet light has become popular, there is no evidence showing that it works, and doing so may also damage the bristles.

Store your toothbrush upright, where the air can dry it. You may be tempted to put in it in a drawer your medicine cabinet, or to cover it. But if they air can’t reach the bristles, you could end up with a toothbrush full of bacteria and mold. If you share a bathroom with someone, make sure that your brushes are kept apart from one another to prevent the cross-contamination of bacteria from one person’s mouth to another.

If you have questions about taking care of your teeth and mouth, if you have a problem that needs to be addressed, or if you are just looking for a family dentist, Dr. Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz would love to meet you! If you live in the Burbank, California area, you can make an appointment at Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS & Associates, Inc. today.