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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.

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. Use gentle pressure! Also, be sure to find and use a toothbrush with soft bristles, as hard bristles can damage and wear away tooth enamel.

Try to store your toothbrush in it’s own space. If you must store it with other toothbrushes, make sure their heads don’t touch. Touching toothbrushes can lead to contamination. On that same note, never use someone else’s toothbrush! This will spread bacteria and potentially disease or infection and can be very damaging to your oral health.

A toothbrush only lasts 3-4 months! This means you can get a new toothbrush every season of the year! If you are using an electric toothbrush, remember to replace the head about that often, as well. Take this opportunity to treat yourself! You’ll be surprised at how many colors and style are available. Look for a toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal is granted to products that pass rigorous testing and have proven safe and effective.

For more information on simple health habits for a happy smile, contact Sylvia A. Spradlin at 913-780-0123. And if you are in the Olathe, Kansas area, be sure to contact our office for a dental exam! Dr.Sylvia A. Spradlin and our team will be happy to help your smile reach its full potential.