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Did you know that your toothbrush needs care? You can brush all you want, but if your toothbrush isn’t well cared for, your teeth won’t get clean! Here are three common toothbrush mistakes and their remedies

Soft Touch: Many people scrub their teeth too hard. This does not remove more plaque or food particles, and it can even harm your enamel and gums. It also wears out your toothbrush faster. Be sure to find and use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Hard bristles can wear away your tooth enamel.

Storage Wars: Storing your toothbrush upright and in open air can make a big difference. A closed-off space will allow germs to grow and bacteria to spread quickly. That’s why a toothbrush holder can be so handy. If you must store it around other toothbrushes, you’ll want to make sure the heads don’t touch. Otherwise the toothbrushes will cross contaminate. You will also never want to use someone else’s toothbrush. It doesn’t matter how close you are. This may spread bacteria and disease or infection and can be very destructive to your oral health.

Treat Yourself: The average life of a toothbrush is 3 or 4 months. A good way to track this is to get a new toothbrush every season of the year. So celebrate a new season and treat yourself! Look for toothbrushes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the package to ensure safety and effectiveness.

For more tips on better oral health habits, contact Garrettsville Dental Group at 330-527-4313. Dr.Andrew Holpuch and our team in Garrettsville, Ohio will be happy to help your smile reach its full potential.