Toothbrush Tips

  • Magnified toothbrush bristle

    Keep it clean

    Used toothbrush bristles, like the magnified one on the left, may be covered in dental plaque and other bacteria! Click the 'next' button for tips to keep your toothbrush clean and effective.

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  • Old and new toothbrushes

    Change your toothbrush at least once every three months or when it shows signs of wear.

    A frayed or worn toothbrush is much less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums. If your toothbrush bristles wear out quickly, use less pressure—brushing too hard can damage your enamel and your gums.

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  • Bathroom - slideshow

    Store your toothbrush away from the toilet

    Every time you flush a toilet bacteria are released into the air—and they could be landing on your toothbrush. Always close the lid before flushing and keep your toothbrush as far from the toilet as possible, or in a cabinet.

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  • Sick girl - slideshow

    Change your toothbrush after an illness

    Germs can linger on toothbrush bristles and lead to reinfection.

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    Give your toothbrush time to dry

    Germs and bacteria thrive in a damp environment. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush under running water and store it in an upright position so it can dry out.

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  • Man brushing teeth - slideshow

    Don't share your toothbrush

    Bacteria on your toothbrush can transfer from one mouth to another, spreading germs and the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

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