When To Replace Your Toothbrush And Other Oral Health Tips
At Smiles by Holsinger & Higgins, we continuously stress the importance of receiving routine dental care in our office; however, today we want to share the importance of caring for your teeth in your own home. We see many of our patients only two times a year for their routine cleanings, which leaves the majority of their dental care in their hands. We know that sometimes your oral hygiene routine can be a little lax, especially after a long day, but we want to stress the importance of caring for your teeth properly each and every day. It will save you a lot of money in the end when you do not need additional dental care. We are going to share some helpful oral health tips:
Replacing Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush should be replaced every 2 to 3 months, and sooner if you notice wear on the bristles. If the bristles on your toothbrush are distressed, appear to be breaking down, and are not standing up straight, it is time for a new one. Toothbrushes also need to be changed after an illness, especially strep throat.
We know you are brushing your teeth daily, but the question is, are you flossing as well? We can tell during a routine examination if you floss your teeth. Flossing daily is just as important as brushing your teeth. Dental floss helps remove any food and bacteria from between the teeth. If not removed, it can lead to tooth decay as well as gum disease.
Limit Sugary Drinks
You may be surprised at the sugar level in some of your favorite drinks. Specialty coffee drinks and soft drinks can have high amounts of sugar. Drinking one as a treat from time to time is fine, but drinking these beverages multiple times a day and throughout the day can lead to serious oral health problems. The sugar and bacteria that are left lingering on your teeth throughout the day can lead to recurring problems with decay.
If you have any other questions about your oral health or you are in need of a routine hygiene examination, be sure to contact our office located in Denton, MD to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!