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Toothbrushing Mistake No.10: “Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough”

Toothbrushing Mistake No.10: “Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough”

A New Toothbrush Keeps Your Teeth and Gums Healthier

When you use an old toothbrush, you are not providing the best care for your teeth and gums. The bristles on a toothbrush will wear down in a few months, and dangerous bacteria will begin to multiply on the bristles. Instead of removing food debris and plaque with an old toothbrush, you are adding new bacteria to your oral cavity. To have fresh breath, healthy gum tissue and fewer cavities, make sure to replace your toothbrush four times a year. A great way to remember to switch to a new toothbrush is to write a note on a calendar, and you can buy several toothbrushes at one time.

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry

tooth brushTooth brushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry

Preventing the spread of germs and bacteria is commonly thought of when washing your hands. An orthodontist would like to point out that there is another crucial way to inhibit germs and bacteria from affecting our bodies and that is by letting your toothbrush dry.

Microorganisms are carried in everyone’s mouth. During brushing, these microbes pass to the toothbrush where they can remain as long as their environment allows them to. These microorganisms can include bacteria, which could cause oral infections, or cold and flu viruses that could potentially re-infect your body. By not allowing your toothbrush to dry thoroughly, you are encouraging the microbes to prosper by maintaining the environment just the way they need it: moist.

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Toothbrushing Mistake No. 8: “Not Following Up With a Rinse”

Toothbrushing Mistake No. 8: “Not Following Up With a Rinse”

Rinse Your Mouth to Remove Additional Debris

When you are brushing your teeth, it is essential to rinse your mouth with water to remove the remaining food debris, toothpaste and bacteria. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is an effective way to remove the food particles that collect in your mouth throughout the day. However, if you don’t rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing, then some of the debris will remain inside your mouth or enter your digestive system. A great way to remember to rinse your mouth is by keeping a cup next to your toothpaste in your bathroom. If you wear braces, then make sure to have your orthodontist teach you how to brush your teeth properly to prevent cavities, gingivitis and halitosis.

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Toothbrushing Mistake No.7: “Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces”

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Prevent Tooth Decay by Brushing the Inner Surfaces of Your Teeth

You already know that brushing your teeth after meals is a great way to prevent halitosis, cavities and gingivitis, but you also need to brush your teeth the right way. If you only brush the front of your teeth, then this bad habit can lead to oral health problems such as bad breath and tooth decay. Taking the time to turn a toothbrush to clean the inner surfaces of your teeth requires practice, but it is the best way to remove food debris and bacteria. If you are having problems understanding how to brush the inner surfaces of your teeth, then you can practice this method in front of a mirror.

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Tooth Brushing Mistake #6: “Starting in the Same Place Every Time”

toothbrushingTooth Brushing Mistake #6: “Starting in the Same Place Every Time”

Brushing your teeth seems like it should be a pretty straightforward process. You squeeze out the toothpaste, brush the top row, brush the bottom row, try to get the back teeth that your orthodontist always warns you about. But if you get stuck in a routine, you might find that you’re not brushing your teeth as thoroughly as you could be. This is especially an issue for people with braces or Invisalign, who need to brush their teeth carefully to ensure that they don’t end up with cavities. So what’s the trick that a lot of people are missing? Read more

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.5: “Not Brushing Correctly”

Tooth brushing Mistake No.5: “Not Brushing Correctly”

Brushing the teeth correctly is fairly easy for people who are not wearing orthodontics or wearing Invisalign. Here’s how:

  • Squeeze a pearl-sized drop of toothpaste on a soft-bristle brush.
  • Angle the brush at around 45 degrees to the gum and gently move the brush in tiny circles over the tooth. Be careful to brush both the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • Use the brush vertically to reach the lingual side of the front teeth.
  • Brush the tongue. This gets rid of the bacteria that cause bad breath.

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

tooth brushTooth brushing Mistake No.4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

Even Benjamin Franklin was said to have warned against brushing the teeth too long and too hard, and this in an era where a grown-up with a mouth full of healthy, strong teeth was unusual. Though some people don’t think they’ll get their teeth clean enough unless they go at them “hammer and tongs,” our orthodontist says that a person should use a soft-bristle brush and be gentle. This is especially important if a person is wearing orthodontics such as braces or Invisalign. These devices put enough pressure on the teeth, and hard brushing will make any discomfort worse.

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.3: “Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough”

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.3: “Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough”

While brushing your teeth may not be one of your favorite things, it is one of the most important for your health. Not only does regular brushing help to clean and whiten teeth, but it also removes harmful bacteria that can build up and cause decay, leaving to cavities. If you have braces or are thinking of consulting an orthodontist, brushing plays an important role in helping the metal brackets and wires to do their work while keeping teeth strong and healthy. If you get Invisalign braces, lingering debris may be even more apparent. The following tooth brushing tips may help.

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.2: “Not Picking the Right Bristles“

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.2: “Not Picking the Right Bristles“

The variety of toothbrushes on the market today is staggering. Choosing the correct toothbrush for you is as important as keeping your teeth healthy. Take a minute to learn about the different types of bristles on toothbrushes and what is best recommended for use.

Hard Bristle Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes with hard bristles are not recommended by most oral care professionals. Hard bristle toothbrushes are more likely to wear away enamel and cause damage to the gums. The bristles on a hard bristle toothbrush may seem to last longer but they should still be replaced every three months to avoid a build-up of bacteria. While it has been shown that hard bristle toothbrushes get rid of plaque slightly better than soft bristle toothbrushes, the benefits do not outweigh the possible damage. This is especially true when people get regular cleanings by a professional.

Soft Bristle Toothbrushes

Most oral care professionals recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush. Softer bristles will not cause damage to the tooth enamel or gums when used properly. However, it’s best to look for the approval of the American Dental Association when picking out a soft bristle toothbrush. They put brushes through testing to ensure the following:

  • components are safe for use
  • bristles are softly rounded at the tip and free of jagged edges
  • it has a durable handle
  • with routine use, the bristles stay put

An orthodontist may give their patients different recommendations when it comes to replacing their toothbrushes but the bristle recommendation remains the same. Braces may cause soft bristle toothbrushes to wear out faster. Due to brushing both your teeth and brushing the Invisalign trays, a soft bristle brush may also need to be replaced sooner than the 3 months most often recommended.

If you wear braces or use invisalign, it is important to consult your orthodontist when selecting a toothbrush. While the most common recommendation may be correct, only your orthodontist can tell you what is best for your optimum oral health.

Schedule an Appointment

In Illinois, you visit Childers Orthodontics to have an examination to determine if you need to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers his services to adults, teenagers and children in three locations that include:

Herrin – 618-997-1800
Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
Benton – 618-438-2815

After an evaluation of your mouth, our orthodontist can determine if you need to wear one of these types of devices:

Damon System – uses self-ligating brackets
Braces – made with traditional metal and wire brackets
Invisalign – aligners designed for teenagers or adults

Patients at Childers Orthodontics can also request the AcceleDent Aura system to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment.  Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

Tooth brushing Mistake No.2: “Not Picking the Right Bristles“

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Toothbrushing Mistake No.1: “Not Using the Right Toothbrush”

1childers-oct-2016 Toothbrushing Mistake No.1: “Not Using the Right Toothbrush”

If you simply grab any toothbrush in a drugstore while shopping, then you might be selecting one that doesn’t do a good job removing food particles from your mouth. Using the correct toothbrush can prevent cavities, halitosis and gingivitis. Not only do you need to choose the proper toothbrush for your teeth, but also, you must select one that is appropriate for a child. When you begin orthodontic treatment, it is more imperative to have the right type of toothbrush to avoid damaging the brackets or wires of your braces.

Choose Toothbrushes With Softer Bristles

First, avoid buying toothbrushes with hard bristles because these materials can break wires or dislodge brackets. If you are brushing your teeth frequently with a hard-bristled toothbrush, then you are likely to scrape away the enamel on your teeth. In addition, don’t buy a toothbrush that has a head that is too large for your mouth. Make sure to find small toothbrushes for children so that they can brush their teeth without discomfort. If you or your teenage child wears Invisalign aligners, then find a toothbrush that has a head that will clean one or two teeth at the same time. Brushing your teeth quickly while wearing aligners is imperative because you must wear the devices as much as possible.

Schedule an Appointment

In Illinois, you visit Childers Orthodontics to have an examination to determine if you need to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers his services to adults, teenagers and children in three locations that include:

Herrin – 618-997-1800
Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
Benton – 618-438-2815

After an evaluation of your mouth, our orthodontist can determine if you need to wear one of these types of devices:

Damon System – uses self-ligating brackets
Braces – made with traditional metal and wire brackets
Invisalign – aligners designed for teenagers or adults

Patients at Childers Orthodontics can also request the AcceleDent Aura system to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment.  Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

Toothbrushing Mistake No.1: “Not Using the Right Toothbrush”