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You can brush all you want, but if your toothbrush isn’t cared for, your teeth won’t get clean! Here are 3 fixes to common mistakes people make.

Soft Touch: Most people brush too hard. Brushing harder does not remove more plaque or food particles, and can damage your enamel and gums–and your toothbrush. Also, be sure to find and use a toothbrush with soft bristles, as hard bristles can damage and wear away tooth enamel.

Storage Wars: Make sure you are storing your toothbrush upright and in open air. Storing it in a closed-off space will allow germs to grow and bacteria to spread quickly. Try to store your toothbrush in its own space. If you must store it around other toothbrushes, make sure the heads don’t touch. This will cross-contaminate the toothbrushes. Also, never use someone else’s toothbrush, no matter how close you are. This will spread bacteria and potentially disease or infection and can be very damaging to your oral health.

Treat Yourself: The average life of a toothbrush is only 3-4 months! That means you should get a new toothbrush (or electric toothbrush head) every season of the year. Take this opportunity to treat yourself! Look for toothbrushes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. You’ll be surprised at how many fun colors and styles are available.

For more information on simple health habits for a happy smile, contact Powell Boulevard Dental at 503-235-7181. Dr.Denise M. Walthour and our team will be happy to help your smile reach its full potential.