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The truth about your toothbrush- It’s Ugly!

By: You’ve heard it all before; replace your toothbrush every 3 months. That may be over simplifying things if you are trying to be healthy and avoid colds and infection. Did you know that some viruses and bacteria from an infected mouth can live for weeks on a toothbrush? Keeping it clean is the first thing to do. Wash it with soapy water, soak the head in your mouthwash or easiest yet, run it through the dishwasher like an eating utensil. The simple act of just rinsing it with tap water and letting it dry thoroughly will help a little, but if you have a systemic illness or immune disorder, you may want to take an extra step. If…


Five Habits That Prevent Teeth Damage

By: Prevention is better than cure, as is the case with teeth. To prevent the discoloration of your teeth it is advisable to take precautions as soon as possible. Here are some preventive steps you can take, namely: 1. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, after lunch and before bedtime. Brush your teeth the right way by rotating. To be more leverage is recommended to replace the toothbrush 3-4 months. Choose a soft bristle toothbrush with a brush head that can reach all parts of the tooth. Do not forget the tongue brush, which is a gathering place of bacteria that can cause bad breath. 2. Choose the toothpaste as natural as possible. Avoid using existing toothpaste…



By: Cheryl Critchley, University of Melbourne Next time you’re racing out of the house without cleaning your teeth, think again. Neglecting your pearly whites can lead to a lot more than the odd filling. It’s the simplest of actions, but brushing your teeth properly with a good fluoride toothpaste that produces plenty of white froth could save your life. The worst most of us expect when we forget to brush and floss is plaque build-up and decay. But poor oral hygiene has also been linked to a range of conditions including some cancers, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy complications. It seems incredible, but it’s quite logical when you think about it. A healthy mouth harbors small amounts of bacteria…

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Keep your toothbrush clean, and other teeth tips

By: Kim Glover, Sometimes the most useful information is not found in a textbook. Here are several of the more useful dental tips I have come across during my years as a dental hygienist — including one to prevent “brain freeze.” Maybe one will help you. Keep toothbrushes separate — Your toothbrush most likely won’t make you sick if you keep using it after having a cold or flu. The University of Rochester Medical Center says you are unlikely to become reinfected by your toothbrush. After recovering from an illness, your immune system has learned how to neutralize that particular virus or bacteria. However, each person should make sure their toothbrush does not touch anyone else’s brush when it…