We are proud to have Tyler Yee our Junior Level High-Performance Gymnast from KW Gymnastics as one of our patients since he was just a small “headstand to front roll” aspiring gymnast! Tyler’s entire family has always been athletic and have been our patients since Dr. Helen and I first came to Kitchener over 28 years ago!
Your toothbrush is your most important dental tool. If you care for it the right way, it will provide proper care in return. The good news is it doesn’t require any special treatment. But, there are safe ways to clean and store it.
Here are some toothbrush care tips.
1. Rinse it well after use
After brushing your teeth, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water. Be sure there’s no toothpaste or food debris left behind.
2. Store it upright
Let remaining water drain after every use by storing your brush upright.
3. Expose it to air
Avoid placing your toothbrush inside a drawer, cabinet, or any closed container. A wet toothbrush can attract and hold bacteria. When you travel keep your toothbrush in its own case to prevent it from getting contaminated. But take it out to air dry once you’ve reached your destination.
4. Keep brushes separate
Make sure toothbrushes don’t touch to avoid transfer of bacteria.
5. Use your own brush
Sharing is caring, but never with a toothbrush. Don’t borrow someone else’s brush as this can compromise both your oral health and overall health. Sharing toothbrushes increases the risk for bacterial infections.
6. Avoid contact with cleaning materials
Store your toothbrush away from cleaning materials. Some cleaning agents may be toxic and you don’t want them to come in contact with your brush.
7. Store it away from the toilet
Prevent your toothbrush from getting knocked into the toilet or sink. Keep it away from these areas. Germs can travel through the air. Even if your toothbrush is not located right beside your toilet or sink, there are still chances of spreading infection.
8. Get a new one every three months
A toothbrush in new condition will always do a better job than one that’s rough and frayed. Replace it after three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Buy a toothbrush for everyone at home at the same time so you can replace them at once.
9. Consider a replacement if your immune system has weakened
It’s not necessary to switch to a new brush after getting colds as our immune system will be working to keep our body protected. However, it may be beneficial to replace brushes more often if it is your immune system that’s compromised.
10. Choose your case carefully
At home, you may want to invest in a toothbrush holder with several compartments. When you’re on the go, cover your brush or store it in a plastic case. Even better if you’ll find a case that is not airtight and allows circulation.
Here are some additional tips for electric toothbrushes.
1. Replace the brush head. Replace the brush head as soon as you notice the bristles getting frayed or after three months, whichever comes first.
2. Use up its battery. Rather than charging your electric toothbrush between use, let the battery run empty before charging it. This will help increase battery efficiency.
3. Keep it covered when you travel. As you do with a manual toothbrush, be sure your electric toothbrush is properly covered to avoid it from getting damaged or contaminated.
4. Store it out in the open when at home. When you’re at home, leave it out rather than enclosing it in a case.
5. Be cautious when buying sanitizers. Investing in toothbrush sanitizers isn’t necessary but if you want to give it a try, read the labels carefully. Look for a seal from respected organizations and don’t be fooled by products that over promise.
6. Never put your toothbrush in the dishwasher. Simply rinsing your toothbrush after use and letting it air dry completely is enough. Don’t put your electric toothbrush in the dishwasher or microwave as it’ll only get damaged.
These care tips will keep your toothbrush in great condition. If you need suggestions when choosing a toothpaste for your family, check out this post.
And if you have questions about your oral health, contact our team at (519) 742-8303. We’re always happy to share more dental care tips.
It’s good that dentures and implants exist, but it’s possible to delay your need for them. Don’t stop visiting the dentist. Your dental team wants to help you enjoy healthy teeth and gums through your golden years.
You also lower your risk of oral health problems when your mouth is in good condition, so here are some hygiene tips to help you achieve that.
1. Eat right
Proper nutrition is crucial for your oral health. A healthy diet helps prevent cavities and keep your teeth and gums strong. Steer clear of acidic food and beverages and limit your intake of sugary treats.
2. Brush gently and properly
You may need a fluoridated toothpaste. Talk to your dentist about which product they recommend. Brush in a small circular motion, covering all areas of your teeth. Remember to brush your tongue too! You may find an electric toothbrush works better than a manual and may be easier to hold.
3. Clean your dentures
Clean your partial or full dentures every day. Like natural teeth, tartar can stick to dentures. You can use a denture brush and soap, or you can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be careful with cleansers that can scratch, discolour, and weaken your dentures. You can also soak your dentures overnight in warm water. Regularly check your dentures for cracks or damages. Take it back to your dentist for any necessary repairs.
4. Care for your implants
If you have implants, be sure to care for them the way you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss them gently. If you’re interested in this tooth replacement option, we can provide you with further information.
5. Come in for an oral cancer screening
Schedule regular checkups with your dentist. Talk to them about performing an oral cancer screening. At home, do a self-check of your mouth, looking for sores, patches, swelling, or anything unusual.
6. Look after your gums
Gum disease is challenging to detect as it’s often painless. One common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Don’t get lax with oral care. You’re never too old to maintain healthy gums. See your dentist if you notice any swelling, bleeding, or redness around your gums.
7. Report tooth sensitivity
Brushing hard won’t guarantee a better clean. If anything, this may only lead to receding gum lines. Be gentle when brushing your teeth to avoid scraping away your enamel. If you’re already experiencing sensitivity, let your dentist know and ask if they can recommend specific products you can try.
8. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth
If you’re experiencing dry mouth due to medications you’re taking, talk to your dentist about it. They can recommend ways to effectively deal with a dry mouth. You need to stay hydrated and keep saliva flowing to combat bacterial growth. Drinking more water and cutting back on acidic beverages will help.
9. Avoid smoking
Smoking can make you more susceptible to oral diseases. Quitting smoking is a tough goal, but it’s worth all the hard work.
With age comes wisdom, so certainly you know our team will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Take note of these oral hygiene tips for seniors and for more information, contact us at Kitchener Dentist.