Posts Tagged ‘toothbrush’

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 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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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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When was the last time you changed your toothbrush?

It is best to change to a new toothbrush every 3 months.  After the 3 month mark, a toothbrush is much less effective because the bristles have gone through enough wear and tear.  When the bristles break down they are less effective at getting rid of plaque.

If you however get a flu, cold, or virus be sure to change your toothbrush right after.  The germs in your mouth can collect on your brush and mutate, and if

Changing toothbrushes

How often do you change your toothbrush?

used continuously can actually make you sick again.  Bacteria naturally collects on your toothbrush whether your sick or not, so be sure to change your toothbrush regularly!

Ask for a toothbrush the next time your at your dentist, that way you’ll remember to change your brush and attend your bi-yearly check up!

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