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If your brushing habits are not done correctly, your smile will not reap the full benefits of the job. Always focus on brushing effectively at least 2 times per day for 2-3 minutes per session. Don’t let your toothbrush hinder your oral health care. Follow these helpful tips:

— To ensure your toothbrush will continue to serve you effectively, switch it out with a new replacement every 3-4 months.

— When caring for your toothbrush when not in use, keep it away from other toothbrushes, as contamination could occur. In addition, never share your toothbrush with anybody else for any reason, even if it has been washed.

— Not all toothbrushes function the same. The same can be said for toothpaste. If you are unsure, always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, and speak with your dentist about which products are right for you.

— The proper brush should be sturdy, with soft bristles and well-proportioned size brush heads that can easily and safely fit inside your mouth.

— Keeping your toothbrush in a sealed container would be unwise, as bacteria, mold, and mildew can linger in damp areas, putting your brush and your oral health at risk.

— Electric toothbrushes are highly effective at brushing your teeth, especially if you struggle with muscle pains and weakness from traditional brushing.

Always make time in your life to visit your dentist at North Fork Dental Care for a bi-annual professional cleaning, and if necessary, to book an appointment with Dr. James Thomason for a detailed exam of your oral health. You can reach our dentist office in Rexburg, Idaho, by calling us at 208-356-3012. Let us help you get a whiter, brighter smile today!