Friday, March 28, 2014

Toothbrush Care and Replacement

Have you ever stopped to think about what happens to the germs that reside in your mouth when you brush? Of course, proper dental care eliminates food particles and bacteria that cause plaque and tooth decay. However, it is highly likely that some of those tiny bits and pieces are transferred to the very tool you use to get rid of them - your toothbrush! That is why taking extra steps to keep your toothbrush hygienic and replace it when it has passed its prime are extremely important steps on the path to a healthy smile.

Please consider the following tips for taking care of one of your most important tools in the fight against tooth decay:
  • Never, ever, share a toothbrush with another individual-that means between spouses, siblings, and children.
  • After use, take a good look at your toothbrush and rinse it under running water several times. Tiny food particles can become trapped between the bristles and result in a bacteria infested situation-right on your toothbrush!After rinsing, make sure to store toothbrushes, upright so they can air dry. Bacteria and other organisms will grow faster on bristles kept in a closed, damp environment.Never allow the bristles of other toothbrushes to touch one another. Even such light contact can spread germs.
  • Whenever a toilet is flushed and the lid is open, microscopic bacteria can become airborne. To prevent contact with your toothbrush, make sure it is kept at least 6 feet away from the toilet.
  • As an extra precaution, try disinfecting your toothbrush in a strong dental rinse or mouthwash, such as Listerine. You also can purchase an ADA-approved sanitizer machine, which uses ultraviolet lamps or steam and dry heat to destroy nearly all bacteria and viruses.
  • Periodically check the condition of your toothbrush. When the bristles are frayed and worn, they are just not up to the job of maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
  • The American Dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
We encourage you to pay attention to your toothbrush and follow these tips to make sure that you stay as healthy as possible.  Contact Implant & General Dentistry in Raleigh NC to schedule an appointment with Dr. Simon Melcher today: (919) 782-0548.

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