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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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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”