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Tooth brushing Mistake No.10: “Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough”
Proper tooth brushing is essential for perfect teeth and the pearly white smile everyone adores. There are several steps that can be taken between visits to your orthodontist. Many people are unaware of the common tooth brushing mistake of not changing their toothbrush often enough. Currently, the American Dental Association states a new brush should be used at least every three to four months to avoid this tooth brushing mistake.
Orthodontics explains that plaque and germs can be left in the toothbrush and overtime they can be redistributed back onto your teeth. The bacteria can lead to serious infections if the brush isn’t changed often. Additionally, your orthodontist recommends changing your brush when:
• You are recovering from illness
• The bristles are bent or broken
• You are recovering from tooth infection
• The brush is dropped on unclean surface
When the bristles are bent or broken, the cleaning effectiveness will decrease. Children’s toothbrushes tend to need more often changes as they brush too hard and damage the bristles easily. Additionally, they are more prone to dropping the brush on surfaces where bacteria and germs are picked up. Proper brushing becomes even more important when the patient has braces. If plaque remains on the teeth, possibly hiding under the braces, it can leave a permanent white scar on the surface. Your orthodontist may additionally provide the patient with special fluoride gel that will help prevent the de-calcification around the brackets of the braces.
The type of braces needed for each patient is determined after a thorough examination from an orthodontist in Centerville. For orthodontic treatment Fairborn residents trust, visit King Orthodontics where there are two orthodontists, including:
Call today to schedule an examination for orthodontic treatment that leads to improved dental health and higher self-esteem.
King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324 Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530
King Orthodontics – 6460 Far Hills Ave, Centerville, Dayton, OH45459 Phone: 937 433 0830
Tooth brushing Mistake No.10
Samuel B. King, D.D.S., M.S. – King Orthodontics – Specialist in Orthodontics for kids, teens and adults in Centerville and Fairborn.