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Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

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Along with replacing your toothbrush every few months, it is also important to keep your toothbrush clean. It can’t properly clean your teeth and gums if it’s full of bacteria and gunk. A toothbrush’s job is to remove bacteria, plaque and food particles from the teeth and gums, but inevitably some of that material ends up staying behind on the brush itself. The moist environment of the bristles do not help, and allow these bacteria to fester. This is why it is essential to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, but also why it is a good idea to keep your toothbrush clean.  Keep your toothbrush clean and in prime working condition by following these simple steps:

  • After every use, thoroughly rinse the toothbrush
  • Dry off the toothbrush to prevent the moist environment that grows bacteria
  • Store toothbrush where it can air dry, do not put the toothbrush into a container while wet
  • If you are sick, soak the toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide after using, continuing to use the same toothbrush used while sick, without cleaning it, can actually prolong your sickness
  • Wash your hands before brushing teeth and always after going to the bathroom

Keeping your toothbrush clean is one of the easiest, and yet often overlooked, ways to ensure good oral health. By cleaning your toothbrush, you prevent the cycle of spreading bacteria and help keep your toothbrush and mouth as clean as possible.

Oral Health and Gum Care

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Although oral health care is often focused on teeth, it is also crucial to ensure that children’s gums are receiving adequate attention and maintenance. Lack of gum care can lead to Gingivitis, Periodontal Disease, decay of gum tissue and loss of teeth. The decay of gum tissue advances gradually but unhealthy gums can led to Gingivitis which, if left untreated, can result in Periodontists disease. Even though the most essential aspect of oral health is brushing and flossing teeth, there is a lot more to gum care than these 2 things. Other factors that jeopardize the health of gum tissue included:

·         An imbalanced diet that is high in sugar or acidic foods

·         Irregular and infrequent trips to the dentist

·         Not replacing toothbrush every 3-4 months

·         Certain medications that can reduce saliva flow

·         Not drinking enough water/drinking too many sugary drinks

·         Not rinsing mouth throughout the day between daily brushing

·         Smoking reduces gum tissues ability to repair itself

The symptoms of gum disease are subtle and gradual, but signs of decay can often include overly sensitive gums, persistent bad breath, and swollen or even receding gums. Fortunately, the early stages of gum disease are completely reversible and with adequate oral care and regular dental treatment, even diseased gum tissue can be restored to optimal health.