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Toothbrush TLC

March 2017

Don't forget to care for your toothbrush! We all know that brushing your teeth keeps your mouth clean, but it's just as important to keep our toothbrushes clean, too.

A clean toothbrush is essential. It's important to switch your toothbrush out every three months and after any illness. After three months, toothbrushes become worn out and are no longer effective to thoroughly clean teeth. Each illness brings a whole new colony of bacteria and germs to hang out on your toothbrush.

Storing your toothbrush properly is vital to keep it bacteria and germ free. Bacteria grow in dark, wet places, so find a new place for your toothbrush besides your bathroom cabinet or drawer. Be sure not to keep it near other toothbrushes or close to the toilet. Keeping your toothbrush dry and clean between uses is very important. Make sure to rinse your toothbrush with tap water after each use and allow it to dry completely with the bristles facing up. It's best to place it in a cup or rack to dry out properly. Choosing the right toothbrush for your mouth can be difficult. It is best to use a soft bristled toothbrush, because medium and hard bristled toothbrushes can actually damage your gums and the enamel on your teeth. Whether you prefer handheld, sonic or electric toothbrushes, the most important thing is your technique - not the toothbrush - that matters most in keeping your teeth clean. The best technique for brushing your teeth is to place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle pointing toward your gums and brush in a circular motion. This will massage your gums, which stimulates blood flow and will clean your teeth by rubbing away any bacteria that has accumulated since your last cleaning. Still not sure how to choose the best toothbrush? Look for brushes that have earned the American Dental Association's (ADA) seal of approval to help narrow down your choices.

The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan is designed to give your mouth the care it needs at discounted rates. It can help you save on dental cleanings, X-rays, braces, dentures, crowns, root canals and more. Making your oral care a priority has never been simpler. Sign up, schedule an appointment with a participating provider and save!

Remember: The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan is not dental insurance. This discount plan allows you to pay a discounted fee at the time of service when you visit a participating network dentist. The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan can be used for routine and preventive care, specialty treatment and cosmetic services such as braces for children and adults, as well as teeth whitening. There are no limits on plan use, and savings start as soon as your plan takes effect.