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With everything you want to accomplish in 2018, it’s easy to make grandiose resolutions–which then, of course, get forgotten by about March. But if one of your resolutions is to have a better smile in 2018, we can help! Dividing your goal into smaller pieces is a good start. Here are some simple things you can do to give your mouth the best chance of a healthy smile this year!

New Year, New Toothbrush: Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. This is a great time to replace the brushes of your whole family!

Storage Resolutions: Make sure to store your toothbrush in an open, well-ventilated area, away from other toothbrushes. If you must store them together, make sure the heads don’t touch, as that spreads germs between toothbrushes, contaminating them.
“Selfish” Can Be Good: NEVER share toothbrushes with anyone. This contaminates the toothbrush and can spread bacteria, food particles, and even disease from person to person. If your toothbrush has been contaminated, throw it away immediately. Buy a new brush as soon as possible.

Be Safe: Unfortunately, winter time often means “cold and flu season,” as well. Some people prefer to replace their toothbrushes after being sick. Though it is unlikely you will get yourself sick again (unless you are severely immunocompromised), it is certainly possible that your toothbrush may touch other toothbrushes and contaminate them, spreading the illness.

For more information, call Chad S. Burt DMD & Kyle W. Dimond DDS in Midvale, Utah, at 801-255-3578. Dr. Chad S Burt and our team look forward to making your smile shine in 2018, starting with helping you take care of your toothbrush!