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You probably haven’t given much thought to your toothbrush, but sooner or later, the time will come when it needs to be replaced. And chances are that time will come sooner rather than later since you really shouldn’t keep a toothbrush around longer than three months.

Granted, buying a toothbrush isn’t like buying a new car, and you certainly can’t test-drive at the store, but there are a few things to look for when it is time to buy a new one.

As far as style, pick a version that works best for you. Some toothbrushes are angled, and some come with a textured side for cleaning your tongue. Others may be flexible or have a special grip to keep the toothbrush from slipping out of your hand. If you take a close look at the head of a toothbrush, you will notice that the bristles even come in different styles. Some are the traditional flat shaped bristles, while others are given a dome shape. Other brushes may have bristles of differing heights. But in the end, when you are shopping for a toothbrush there really are only two major features about which you need to be concerned. First, the toothbrush should have soft bristles, and second, the head should be small enough to reach every part of your mouth. If you have trouble holding a toothbrush, or if you have range-of-motion issues, you may want to consider purchasing an electric toothbrush. There is no cleaning advantage of using one over the other.

Once you’ve picked out your toothbrush, remember to keep it clean by rinsing the bristles when you are done brushing. Store it upright where the air can dry it, and away from the other toothbrushes in your household to prevent cross-contamination. Whenever you brush your teeth, take a moment to examine the bristles. If they are worn or flat, or you have had it for three months or longer, it is time to get a new toothbrush.

Brushing is an important part of your oral hygiene regimen. Another important part is seeing your dentist for your regular cleaning and exam. If it is time dental appointments for you and the members of your family, our dentist, Dr. Scott Elrod will be happy to see you. To make an appointment at Distinctive Dental Services in Lake Jackson, Texas, call 979-297-0337 today.