Tooth brushes in glassCould you imagine brushing your teeth with bone and pig hair? Probably not, but the original toothbrush, invented by the Chinese, was made of just that. Today’s toothbrushes are made of synthetic materials and are an effective tool for keeping your smile healthy and clean. Chesapeake dentist Dr. John Cranham encourages patients to take care of their toothbrush so that they can do an effective job at helping to maintain your oral health.

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  • Store Upright- Be sure you store your toothbrush bristle side up. When stored bristle side up water can drain away from the head of the brush minimizing the chance of bacteria growth.Be sure to clean your toothbrush container every few days to wash away the buildup.
  • Stay Away From The Toilet: Dr. Cranham may suggest keeping your toothbrush at least six feet away from the toilet. Airborne particles are released when you flush, the last place you want them to end up is on the bristles of your toothbrush.
  • Rinse and Repeat: After every use rinse your toothbrush. Rinsing your toothbrush will help to remove some of the debris or bacteria that it removed from your teeth.
  • Replace Frequently: Every 3-4 months you should replace your toothbrush. Bristles wear down and become less effective at cleaning plaque off your teeth. Getting a new brush will also help avoid bacteria buildup on your bristles.
  • Size & Shape: Always buy a soft or extra soft bristled brush. Hard bristles do not bend easily and can miss plaque in hard to get places. Soft bristles are more malleable and actually clean more effectively. In addition, soft bristles are less likely to irritate or make the gums bleed.

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Visiting our Chesapeake dentist office twice a year can also help keep your smile fresh, functional and healthy. Professional teeth cleanings can help break up plaque brushing can not reach. Regular visits to Dr. Cranham may also help to catch signs of serious oral health concerns early. Dr. Cranham has dedicated his life to learning innovative and quality dentistry. Highly trained in cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry, Dr. Cranham will address all of your oral health concerns. Call our Chesapeake dentist office to schedule your next appointment, or use our online request form.

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