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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.

Choose a New Toothbrush Carefully

If you wear braces or aligners, then talk to your orthodontist about the best toothbrush to care for your gums and teeth. You will probably need a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging the enamel on your teeth while protecting the wires and brackets on your braces. However, take time to choose a toothbrush with the right type of handle and head to make brushing your teeth more comfortable. You can remove your clear plastic Invisalign aligners several times a day in order to brush and floss your teeth, but make sure to wear your aligners 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

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.

  • In order to keep germs and bacteria from thriving on your toothbrush, remember the following tips:
  • Store the toothbrush in an upright position so water drips off of the bristles.
  • Do not store them in a sealed container as restricted air flow and darkness allows germs to flourish.
  • Rinse your toothbrush under running water before storage to help remove as much bacteria as possible.
  • Replace your toothbrush altogether after being sick to avoid re-infection by any remaining bacteria.

There are many toothbrush cleansers on the market. Some health sites even advocate throwing your toothbrush into the dishwasher for sterilization. However, the American Dental Association warns against these methods. Soaking a toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash has been shown to decrease bacteria. If going through any process to disinfect your toothbrush, it should be checked for wear and tear more often than if just rinsing alone, especially if you also wear braces or invisalign as they can also wear down toothbrush bristles faster.

Germs and bacteria are hiding everywhere, waiting to strike. Take these steps to prevent them from hiding on your toothbrush. Let it dry! Your orthodontist can also offer tips to keeping your invisalign and your braces germ and bacteria free.

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. 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.

Have an Attractive Smile

If you are wearing Invisalign aligners to straighten your teeth, then you must remove the devices to chew food. After eating your meals, make sure to brush your teeth before rinsing your mouth. When you forget to rinse your mouth, you are likely to have foamy toothpaste in your mouth that is trapped behind the clear plastic of your aligners. This bad habit leads to having an unattractive smile, and the foaming toothpaste isn’t good for the plastic of your aligners or for your health.

Call Childers Orthodontics Today

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, we have an orthodontist who wants you to have healthy teeth and gums. In addition to straightening your teeth with braces or aligners, we want you to understand the importance of brushing your teeth the right way. Our patients can contact us at one of these facilities:

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

Dr. Kyle R. Childers uses the iTero digital scanner to design your Invisalign aligners, and we also offer the AcceleDent Aura System to help you decrease your orthodontic treatment time. Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815

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

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

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.

Teach Your Children How to Brush Their Teeth Correctly

Don’t forget to teach your children how to brush the inner surfaces of their teeth, especially if they wear Invisalign aligners or braces. When you take your son to an orthodontist for his checkup, she will notice right away that he is brushing the inner surfaces of each tooth. Instead of finding a layer of plaque on your child’s teeth or orthodontic devices, the orthodontist will see clean and healthy teeth. If your son’s teeth are cared for with proper brushing, then his orthodontic treatment is faster and easier.

Contact Childers Orthodontics

When you live in Illinois, you can visit Childers Orthodontics at one of these locations:

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

At our orthodontic facilities, you or your child can receive expert care from Dr. Kyle R. Childers. We offer an assortment of orthodontic devices, including:

• Damon System braces
• Retainers
• Traditional braces
• Invisalign aligners

When patients visit us for an examination, they can request information about the SureSmile customized arch wire software program or the Acceledent Aura device that reduces their orthodontic treatment time. Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

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?

The Common Mistake

One of the most common mistakes that people make when brushing their teeth is starting in the same place every time. When you’ve been brushing your teeth for a while–and most of us have–it’s natural to fall into a routine. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing: it’s important to set a routine for your kids so that they get into the habit of brushing their teeth every day. But if you follow the same pattern every time you brush, you’ll find that you keep repeating bad habits: missing the same teeth every time, only flossing the front teeth, and so on. And when you’re stuck in a routine like that, it’s a safe bet that your teeth aren’t being cleaned thoroughly.

Break your Bad Habits

For a better brushing experience, try mixing it up! Don’t start in the same place every time. Start with different teeth, making sure to scrub the places that you tend to miss. And remind your children to do this, too. This ensures that even if you miss a spot while you’re brushing, you’ll probably cover it next time you brush. You’ll break bad habits and find yourself with a complete, thorough brushing that leaves your teeth white and your mouth fresh and minty. And your (or your kids’) orthodontist will definitely notice the results!

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.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.

Brushing the teeth while wearing traditional braces is a challenge. The orthodontist may recommend that they buy a sonic or electric toothbrush that can really clean around the braces and remove particles.

A person who chooses a regular toothbrush will have to use the brush with the bristles facing both up and down. They’ll also need a toothbrush that’s small, angled and flexible to reach all the places around the teeth that need cleaning.

To brush:

  • The patient should put their teeth together and start on the outer side of their bottom teeth.
  • Brush the top teeth in circular motions.
  • After that, brush the braces themselves. Each bracket should be cleaned for at least 25 to 30 seconds.
  • Brush the inside of the teeth by moving the toothbrush in tiny circles along the top and bottom teeth. The tongue, gums and cheeks also need to be brushed or at least massaged to remove as much bacteria and plaque as possible.
  • Check the teeth in the mirror, and remove any particles that were missed the first time.

The good thing about Invisalign is that the patient can take the tray out of their mouth before they perform their oral hygiene.

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.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.

Toothbrush Abrasion

If a person brushes too long and too hard, they can both wear down their tooth enamel and injure their gums to the point where the root is exposed. When this happens, it can lead to cavities and gum disease. This is not something a person should have to deal with when they’re wearing braces or Invisalign. Eventually, these problems might lead to fillings, root canal therapy and even lost teeth.

Ironically, people can overbrush because they’re being meticulous about their oral hygiene, which people who wear traditional braces must be. The orthodontist should show their patient how to brush gently while being thorough. Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that covers teeth after eating and drinking sugary beverages, isn’t the same as tartar. It is soft enough to be easily removed.

How to Brush the Teeth

Ideally, a person shouldn’t take longer to brush their teeth than they would to sing the Happy Birthday Song. The tips of the bristles should be put at a 45 degree angle to the gum line, and the toothbrush should be moved in tiny, gentle circles across the teeth. The bristles should just brush the gums and not be mashed against the teeth.

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.4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

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.

Brush daily

Some people brush mornings when they awaken and before going to bed. But it is actually better to brush your teeth after every meal, and snacks, too, if possible. Removing residual food particles will protect teeth in large part against deterioration and cavities. Many conscientious people carry a portable toothbrush to use in public restrooms after eating out. Ask your orthodontist for advice if you are unsure about the recommended frequency for brushing your teeth.

Brush adequately

It may be helpful to keep follow this three-step approach to brush your teeth effectively. Rinse your toothbrush with clear water to remove dust and make it fresh. Add a pea-size amount of toothpaste. Brush the teeth in front, behind, and around each tooth that can be comfortably reached. Many dentists recommend brushing for two minutes, but you can ask the orthodontist about the time limit, as well.

Clean your toothbrush

After brushing, run the toothbrush under cool water to remove trapped particles. Tap out the extra moisture, and return the toothbrush to its holder, letting it air-dry first.

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.3: “Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough”

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“

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”