Getting Past Your Dental Fears And Learning About Technology

Several years ago I decided to take a trip to the dentist after skipping multiple appointments for over 15 years. I truly had a dental anxiety and had a hard time getting over my fears. Thankfully, my dental visit went smoothly with only four cavities identified. What I did find from this dental visit was that there was a great deal of new information and technology that I had been missing out on. Laser-based technology and digital imaging are just a few examples. With this blog, I want you to understand that you can get over your fears and learn about this new technology like I did, so enjoy the information.

3 Tips For Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean Between Changes

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You may not think about the amount of bacteria your toothbrush can accumulate within three months, but it may be serious cause for concern. Being proactive about keeping your toothbrush sanitary can prevent cross-contamination.

Consider Silicone

Toothbrushes made from silicone offer a significant advantage over traditional bristle brushes. One of these advantages is that the material does not collect bacterial like bristles. This means the brush stays sanitary longer and reduces the likelihood of cross-contamination. Many styles of silicone toothbrushes have short, soft "bristles." This makes them easier to clean than traditional brushes, because you do not have to be concerned about toothpaste becoming stuck at the base of the bristles.

The style of silicone toothbrushes is also gentler on your gums. Even with the recommended soft bristle toothbrush, some people may experience gum irritation if they are not careful, so silicone may be a better option if you have sensitive teeth and gums.

Keep Your Toothbrush In The Right Place

Try to find an area where you can keep your toothbrush that will allow it to dry quickly and it will not be affected by dust or other debris. If you must use a cover for your toothbrush, such as for traveling or when it is in the bathroom, try to accelerate the drying process by shaking off excess water or squeezing the bristles against a clean paper towel. This will reduce the chances of mold or mildew beginning to form.

Another concern when you toothbrush is kept in the bathroom is its proximity to the toilet. Many people do not realize when they flush the toilet with the lid up, sometimes toilet water can splash that you may not notice, which could get on your toothbrush. Therefore, it is best to keep your toothbrush far from the toilet. Also, once your toothbrush is dry, consider keeping it in the medicine cabinet.

Try Intermittent Sanitation

You can easily sanitize your brush each week to reduce the risk of bacteria growth. One tactic is to soak your brush in hydrogen peroxide for an hour. The bubbles created by hydrogen peroxide may also be useful for dislodging toothpaste that may be stuck at the base of the bristles.

Another quick fix is allowing your toothbrush to soak in mouthwash. Since many mouthwashes contain alcohol or antifungal properties, your mouthwash can easily serve multiple purposes. After you brush your teeth at night, allow your toothbrush to soak for a while, and then let it dry on a paper towel until the next day. Changing to a new toothbrush every three months still applies even if you sanitize your toothbrush. Sanitizing your toothbrush weekly can make you feel more confident about its cleanliness between changes.

Although your toothbrush is an important tool for your oral health, if you are careless it may be a vessel for problems. Keeping your toothbrush clean and dry can reduce the chances of bacteria growth. For more tips and information for keeping your toothbrush and mouth clean, talk with your dentist.


3 November 2017