Used toothbrush bristles, like the magnified one on the left, may be covered in dental plaque and other bacteria! Click the 'next' button for tips to keep your toothbrush clean and effective.
A frayed or worn toothbrush is much less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums. If your toothbrush bristles wear out quickly, use less pressure—brushing too hard can damage your enamel and your gums.
Every time you flush a toilet bacteria are released into the air—and they could be landing on your toothbrush. Always close the lid before flushing and keep your toothbrush as far from the toilet as possible, or in a cabinet.
Germs can linger on toothbrush bristles and lead to reinfection.
Germs and bacteria thrive in a damp environment. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush under running water and store it in an upright position so it can dry out.
Bacteria on your toothbrush can transfer from one mouth to another, spreading germs and the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Just like your family doctor, your dentist may work with dental specialists to provide you with the best care possible.
Prevent problems early. Your child's first dental visit should occur by age one or within six months of when you see the first tooth.
Dental care during pregnancy is not only safe, regular dental visits support your health and your baby's.
Most dental disease is preventable—starting with these five steps to take at home.
Clenching or grinding your teeth (often at night) may be the reason and can also cause damage to your teeth and jaw.
Your dentist may recommend a number of treatment options to replace missing teeth, such as a denture.
A series of common questions on dental care and treatment.