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As important as it is to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, every day, it is equally important to give appropriate time, 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 effort may be wasted. Improve your toothbrush techniques and treatment methods with these simple tips:

Personal Space: Never share your toothbrush with anyone else. This spreads bacteria from mouth to mouth and contaminates the toothbrush. Avoid cross-contamination by storing your toothbrush away from other toothbrushes.

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

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 guarantees the products meet the top safety and effectiveness guidelines. Look for this seal on toothbrushes, floss, and other interdental cleaners.

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

Rotate: Replace used toothbrushes every 3-4 months. Replace before that if your brush looks frayed or worn.

Dental Exams: Regular dental appointments can help you brush up on your brushing techniques, as well as help you spot problems early on. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Michael Hall, please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Bend, Oregon. We can be reached at 541-389-0300. We are here to help you get the healthy smile of your dreams!