How to Take Care of Your Toothbrush

In the never-ending fight against cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues, a toothbrush will be your best friend. However, to make sure your toothbrush can do its job as effectively as possible, it will need some TLC now and then. Whether you have a manual or electric toothbrush, here are some tips to keep your toothbrush in great shape.

Rinse Immediately After Using

For either type of toothbrush, rinse it immediately after using it so that bacteria and mold can’t start growing. After all, when you put your toothbrush inside your mouth, you just want toothpaste on its head, not bacteria or mold.

Store Upright

Once you’ve rinsed your toothbrush, make sure you store it in an upright position so that it can air-dry. If you store it inside a closed container, moisture gets trapped and bacteria starts to grow.

Electric Toothbrush Base and Heads

Since more and more folks now use electric toothbrushes, make sure you clean the brush head at least once per week using mild soap and water. Also, don’t forget to clean the charging base with a damp cloth. However, remember to unplug it before doing so, or otherwise, you’ll get quite a shock.

Replacing Your Toothbrush

Even if you’ve become a close friend to your toothbrush, all good things must eventually come to an end. In this case, we mean the bristles on your toothbrush will begin to get frayed and worn-out, meaning it’s time for a new toothbrush. To keep your teeth in their best condition, replace your manual toothbrush every four months. As for electric toothbrushes, their bristles tend to last a little longer. However, you should still have a good supply of replacement heads at the ready, and plan on changing these about every six months for maximum effectiveness.

Use a UV Sanitizer

In today’s world where germs are a bigger concern to many people, some experts recommend using a UV sanitizer with your toothbrush. By placing your toothbrush inside the sanitizer for only 10 minutes, you can kill bacteria as well as have a good storage space for your toothbrush.

Once you start following these tips, you and your toothbrush will be a dynamic duo that will be unstoppable in the war on cavities.

 

5 Things You’re Doing Wrong When You Brush Your Teeth

The basis is good oral hygiene is brushing your teeth. You brush your teeth every day, but are you really brushing properly? Here is a look at five things you could be doing wrong when you brush your teeth.

1. Not brushing long enough.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day. If you’re not brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, you are not effectively removing all the plaque and food particles from your mouth.

2. Not using the best toothpaste.

The choice of toothpaste varieties has greatly multiplied over the years. From toothpaste with baking soda for whitening to fluoride toothpaste and natural toothpaste with charcoal incorporated, there are a ton of choices, but you have to make sure you are using the best product. It is best to look for a product that has the stamp of approval from the ADA.

3. Not getting brisk with your brushing.

Make sure you really get in there and put some effort into doing your brushing. A slight swipe with the brush will not suffice; you should be briskly brushing to remove residue.

4. Not cleaning your toothbrush when you get done.

If you were to look inside your mouth with a microscope, you may be surprised at just how much stuff is hanging out in there. Germs, bacteria, and other microscopic pathogens fill your mouth, and they get on your toothbrush. Clean your toothbrush well when you’re done brushing, and replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

5. Not getting all angles of your teeth.

Pay attention to all angles of your teeth while you brush. You should brush the bottoms where your teeth meet, the fronts of your teeth, and the backs of your teeth. A lot of people spend more time brushing the front of their teeth than anywhere else, which can lead way to problems in other areas.

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3 Reasons Mouthwash Is an Important Part of Your Oral Care Routine

 

Some people use it religiously, and some people don’t necessarily care if they ever use it. Mouthwash is one of those oral care products that some individuals swear by and some never use it at all. However, most dentists agree that quality mouthwash is a nice addition to your oral care routine. Here is a look at why that is the case.

1. Mouthwash helps freshen your breath.

The primary reason a lot of people use mouthwash is because it helps to freshen the breath. Yes, the strong minty flavor helps to cover any odors, but most importantly, rinsing with mouthwash helps to eradicate those bad-breath-causing germs so your breath smells fresher. A lot of people suffer from bad breath because they do not adequately clean their tongue when they brush, and gargling with mouthwash can pull bacteria out of the small fissures in the surface of the tongue.

2. Mouthwash prevents the buildup of plaque.

Plaque buildup occurs because the substances you drink and chew can stick to the enamel of the teeth. If there are tiny and invisible layers of plaque already on the tooth enamel, more plaque will accumulate there. By using mouthwash, you are sloughing away and breaking down those existing plaque layers on the tooth enamel, which means mouthwash helps to prevent the undue buildup of plaque. Additionally, this action can help deter tooth decay from developing.

3. Mouthwash helps dislodge food particles before brushing.

A lot of people choose to use mouthwash after they brush their teeth, which is perfectly OK. However, using the rinsing aid before you brush is actually going to do you the most good. The swishing fluid will dislodge stubborn food particles between the teeth so they come out easier when you do use your toothbrush. It is even helpful to use mouthwash before you floss for the same reasons.

Make sure you are buying a dentist-recommended mouthwash that contains fluoride and ingredients that are good for your oral health. If you would like to know more about how mouthwash can help you have a healthy smile or which mouthwash you should use, reach out to us at Korte Family Dentistry for advice.