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If your toothbrush is not stored properly, or cleaned as required, it may not do its job properly and in fact, can even make matters worse for your teeth and gums. Because your toothbrush is often your first line of defense against bacteria, we want to make sure it is not the cause of added bacteria either. 

At Southland Smiles in Flossmoor, Illinois, we would like to share some ways to make sure your teeth are being cleaned properly:

– Always keep your toothbrush stored away from other toothbrushes and cross-contamination.

– Don’t share toothbrushes, and always keep yours stored upright in a cool, aired-out container when not in use.

– Storing toothbrushes in closed containers for long periods of time can increase the risk of contamination.

– When picking a toothbrush, try to find one that can easily fit in your mouth and reach all areas around your teeth and gums.

– Look for toothbrushes that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance or those that have been suggested by your dentist.

– Use a toothbrush that has soft bristles, as stiff bristles can hurt your gums.

– If you have muscle damage or have a difficult time brushing, electric toothbrushes can make the task much easier.

– Be sure to switch out your toothbrush at least every three to four months, or earlier if necessary.

To schedule your next professional cleaning with Dr. Richard Mantoan, Dr. Armand DiBenedetto or Dr. Zaid Atarchi, we invite you to call 708-794-4253 at your earliest convenience. We look forward to speaking with you soon!