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Sometimes as we brush, we get so used to it that it becomes mindless. At these times, it’s a good idea to brush up on your brushing habits to make sure your brushing is as effective as it needs to be.

Toothbrushes that are dirty should no longer be used. This includes if you choose to share your toothbrush with another person. Don’t do that! Toothbrush sharing leads to serious cross-contamination of toothbrushes, sharing bacteria from person to person and rendering the toothbrush (and the toothbrush time) thoroughly ineffective. The same thing can occur when toothbrushes touch. Always try to store your toothbrush separately from other brushes in a well-ventilated area.  Remember to replace your brush at least every three to four months–sooner if they become cross-contaminated, or look worn or frayed.

It is important to choose a brush with soft bristles. Brushes with hard bristles can be rough to your teeth and potentially weaken tooth enamel. Also, look for brushes that fit easily into your mouth for a deep clean. You can always ask your dentist for product recommendations! Or, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on specially marked boxes. This seal from the American Dental Association guarantees you are getting a quality product that is safe and effective.

If you choose to forgo the traditional toothbrush, electric toothbrushes are also highly useful! Some even come with timers, to ensure you are getting your full two minutes of teeth-cleaning in every session.

A professional cleaning is a vital support to your daily brushing habit. To schedule your professional cleaning at Kennebunk Center for Dentistry with Dr. Sara Sheikh and our team in Kennebunk, Maine, simply give us a call at 207-985-7944. Your smile deserves the very best of care, and we can offer it!