Your toothbrush is your best friend when it comes to taking care of your teeth. It only follows that if you want to have a better smile, you should take care of the tool that can help you to achieve just that. Here are some ways that Dr. Breazeal recommends to take care of your toothbrush as well as tips in choosing the perfect brush for you:

How do you protect your toothbrush?

Traveling.

If you’re the jet-setting type, or maybe you’ve recently scheduled a vacation somewhere a bit far-flung, the best thing for your toothbrush is to be kept in a travel toothbrush holder. Don’t allow your toothbrush to roam all over your suitcase where it could be exposed to dirt and bacteria, which isn’t such a good idea since, you could be transmitting all that dirt and pathogens into your mouth the next time you brush.

At home.

At home, refrain from covering your toothbrush, since doing so will keep your toothbrush moist, which is conducive to the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms. If you’re a neat freak and just want to see your brush conveniently in its holder, get one which has a lot of holes so that your toothbrush can still dry off even while it’s inside. You can also store your toothbrush standing up inside a cup so that it can dry off.

Sanitizer.

There are a lot of toothbrush sanitizers being marketed and advertised, but there aren’t that many studies which truly back the effectiveness of these sanitizers. In fact, some dentists believe that drying your toothbrush off is just as effective in getting rid of bacteria as using a sanitizer. But again, if you are completely sold into the idea of using a toothbrush sanitizer, then at least get one which bears the American Dental Association’s seal.

How do you choose your toothbrush?

When choosing your toothbrush, pick out something which feels comfortable in your hands as well as inside your mouth. You should also choose one which has soft bristles to prevent you from causing your gums to bleed, due to the mechanical action of your toothbrush. You can also pick out brushes which have the ADA’s seal on the packaging to be sure that it passed the standards of the association. To derive the best benefits out of your toothbrush, it’s advisable to replace brushes or tips after every three to four months.

Don’t forget your regular checkups, they are vital to your health.