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Unlike other household objects that receive daily use, your toothbrush doesn’t need to be repaired or upgraded. A toothbrush is a very simple tool that requires minimal care and does not have any special cleaning requirements.

While a spatula or pen that has served you well can be kept for an extended amount of time, your toothbrush should be replaced every six months–or sooner, if the bristles are beginning to wear out and become flat. Always choose a soft-bristled toothbrush whose head fits well in your mouth and can access every surface of your smile.

After completing your brushing routine, rinse any residue off your toothbrush before storing it in its holding place. Further methods of sterilizing your toothbrush–such as boiling water, a microwave, or dishwasher–will only damage the bristles. You can soak your toothbrush in an antiseptic solution for up to 15 minutes, but an extended soak may affect the bristles.

Place toothbrush upright and allow it to air dry. Don’t cover the toothbrush or keep it in an area that encourage constant moisture, or else bacteria will breed on the bristles and result in mold.

To learn more about how to properly clean a toothbrush, call Creekside Dental at 509.577.8277 today. We will gladly arrange your visit with our dentist, Dr. Bennett Packard or Dr. David Packard, to ensure you receive the answers to your dental health questions in Yakima, Washington.