Caring For Your Toothbrush

Henderson NV Family DentistYou use your toothbrush as a cleaning tool for your mouth. However, if your toothbrush is dirty – covered in grime and bacteria – it is not doing a very good job at cleaning your mouth. In fact, it is doing the exact opposite. By taking just a few simple steps, you can keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.

Here are some helpful steps in caring for your toothbrush:

  • Rinse your toothbrush after each use. A toothbrush is a tool that is designed to clean away food particles and plaque that forms on the teeth each day. Plaque is the sticky, white film that develops on your teeth throughout the day, and it is laden with millions of bacteria. Rinsing your toothbrush after each use is vital in rinsing away the gunk that your toothbrush just took out of your mouth. It is important to rinse your toothbrush under fast, running water to get your toothbrush as clean as possible for the next use.
  • Allow your toothbrush to air dry. Even after rinsing the toothbrush there will be a few bacteria that linger. By storing your toothbrush upright and uncovered, it will air dry quickly, killing any remaining bacteria.
  • Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. Not all bathrooms have a door separating the toilet from the rest of the bathroom. If yours does not, it is incredibly important that you pay attention to where you keep your uncovered toothbrush. All toilets have over-spray when you flush, depositing urine and fecal matter into the air. If your toothbrush is close to the toilet, it will be in the line of fire – and that is not only disgusting, but can also cause illness. Make sure you keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible!
  • Do not share your toothbrush with anyone. As mentioned previously, your toothbrush removes bacteria from your mouth. If you share your toothbrush, you are simply putting someone else’s bacteria inside your own mouth. Gross!
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-6 months. There is a reason you receive a new toothbrush after every dental appointment – it is because your dentist knows how important it is to use a clean toothbrush. Bacteria and germs will build up over time, and replacing your toothbrush on a regular basis will prevent putting a dirty tool inside your mouth.
  • Replace your toothbrush after any illness. Germs can linger for days after an illness, so it is important to replace your toothbrush after you have had a cold, strep throat, the flu, a stomach bug, etc., so as not to re-infect yourself.

At Siena Dental, we want to help you achieve a clean, healthy, and beautiful smile. Call to schedule an appointment – we promise to have a new toothbrush waiting for you!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Dave Mahon, Siena Dental
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Siena Dental
10075 S Eastern Ave, Suite 107
Henderson, NV 89052
(702) 567-0000

Henderson NV DentistDental cleanings and checkups are important elements of proper oral health. Parents are responsible for their children’s health care from a very young age, but most parents are shocked to learn that children should visit the dentist for their first dental appointments by the time their children reach their first birthday. It is not surprising that most parents do not think of taking their 12-month olds to the dentist seeing that they rarely have more than 2 to 4 teeth! However, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that all children visit the dentist at a very young age.

Here’s why:

  • Early exposure alleviates dental anxieties. When children are brought into the dentist’s office from a very young age, they understand that going to the dentist is just a normal part of life. Children that grow up visiting the dentist twice a year are comfortable with the dentist’s office, cleanings, and checkups. This is the number one reason that it is recommended that children be taken to the dentist by their first birthday. Children who are not brought into the dentist’s office until they are 5 or 6 years of age are much more likely to have negative emotions about a dental visit. By proactively working to make children comfortable with the dentist, they are set up for a lifetime of positive dental experiences.
  • Educate parents for a child’s proper oral health. All parents are responsible for taking care of their children’s teeth until they are old enough to do so on their own. This begins at a very young age when babies begin to develop their first teeth. It is important for parents to begin brushing these baby teeth twice a day in order to keep them as clean as possible. It is also important for parents to understand the connection between diet and their children’s teeth. Juice, sweet tea, and soda have no place in a young child’s diet due to their high sugar content. Carefully selecting foods and beverages that are healthy choices are very important to the development of strong and healthy teeth.
  • Break bad habits early. It is important for parents and dentists to intervene when it comes to habits such as thumb sucking, sucking on fingers, pacifiers, and using a bottle or the breast to fall asleep. All of these habits are completely natural for very young children, but they can cause a great deal of damage to the teeth if they are allowed to continue past 12 months. Dentists and parents can work together to find successful ways to break children from these habits in order to successfully promote oral health.

At Siena Dental we are proud to treat patients of all ages with exceptional dental care. We welcome the youngest patients into our practice, and we encourage you to call today to schedule an appointment for your child. Good oral health begins from the very start!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Dave Mahon, Siena Dental
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Siena Dental
10075 S Eastern Ave, Suite 107
Henderson, NV 89052
(702) 567-0000