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According to several articles published recently and notably in the Huffington Post, the toothbrush you are using is probably riddled with fecal matter. Whats the problem with this? The problem is having the fecal matter of other people of your toothbrush, especially if you share a bathroom. The bacteria may affect you because it is not part of your normal flora of bacteria. What do you do to prevent disease from occurring? Remember to change your toothbrush once every three (3) months, do not share any toothbrushes, and also thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after use.

Read mroe at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/03/toothbrush-poop_n_7506456.html

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The great question every patient wants to know the answer to. Which do you do first, do you brush or floss first? According to the ADA and a new blog article written in the New York Times Online, it is recommended that you floss first and then brush. Why is this? It has more to do with habit than the science behind it. People are more likely to remember to floss if they floss before they brush. Read more at: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/ask-well-floss-or-brush-first/?_r=0

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Do you know when the first toothbrush was invented?

An article found on the Library of Congress site shows that the toothbrushes were invented and mass produced in 1938. There was no one person which was credited in the founding of the toothbrush.

Although toothbrushes were invented in 1938, the earliest known toothbrush goes back to 3000 BC. At this time, the ancient civilization’s used brushes called “chew sticks”. The “chew sticks” were made of thin twigs with frayed ends. Looks like dental home care was important then too.

Read more at: http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/tooth.html

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Do you walk down the oral health aisle at the market and wonder which toothbrush or toothpaste is best for me? We know we have done that before. Some things to keep in mind are you always want to use a soft to extra soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste (avoid ones which say whitening in them). This chart we’ve added gives you a better idea of what to look for when you are going down the oral health aisle.

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Should you brush before you sleep? The answer is ABSOLUTELY! This article done by the Huffington Post explains why it is important for you to brush before you go to bed.

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According to a new article published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene, there was more bacteria found on a solid head toothbrush in comparison to a hollow headed tooth brush. How do you find out the type? Check the power brush head replacement label and it will let you know. The article can be found at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/281731.php

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Did you know that it’s best to brush your teeth 30 minutes after eating a meal?  Why?
 Acids formed by the sugar in both foods and drinks weaken
tooth enamel and put you at a higher risk to develop cavities.  Brushing immediately after a meal can be more damaging as the acid penetrates deeper into your teeth increasing the likelihood of erosion.  The American Dental Association recommends rinsing with mouthwash or warm water directly after eating and than brushing after thirty minutes.

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