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Your toothbrush is an easy target for germs, bacteria, and infections, which is why our Oakmont Family Dentists team recommends that you properly take care of your brush each and every day. If you do so, you will have a higher chance of keeping harmful substances away from your toothbrush and smile. To help you properly care for your brush, Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader and our team recommend doing the following things:

· Remember to wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after you brush and floss your teeth. This will help reduce the chances of bacteria transferring from your hands to your toothbrush.

· Once you are done brushing, rinse your brush with warm water and store it upright to air dry. Make sure it dries completely before you put a toothbrush cover on it.

· Do not use a toothbrush that is still wet. To help make this a bit easier, we recommend having two toothbrushes. That way you can use one of the brushes while the other dries.

· Don’t share a toothbrush with anyone and make sure your toothbrush bristles do not touch other bristles while it’s being stored.

· Make sure you replace your toothbrush after you have been sick. You don’t want your cold or flu germs living on your brush.

· While you are sick, remember to use a different tube of toothpaste than others so you don’t pass the sickness on to them.

We want you to have the best and most successful oral health possible. So, if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about toothbrush care in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, we encourage you to call 412-828-3311 and talk to a member of our helpful dental team. We look forward to talking with you!