There are plenty of misconceptions about dental care. Some of the most common myths have to do with toothbrushes. While taking care of your teeth is important, so is taking care of your toothbrush. If you’ve had it for too long, then get rid of it and replace it with the next one in the pack.
Put Toothbrushes in Cases
Putting a toothbrush inside a special case seems to make sense if you don’t want it to be coated in germs. The problem is, putting them into a case will actually encourage germs to grow, especially if your toothbrush isn’t dry before you put it away. You’re better off letting your toothbrush air dry in between each use. Toothbrush organizers can help separate your toothbrushes so that yours won’t touch the one your spouse uses or the ones your kids use.
Change Toothbrushes After Every Dentist Visit
Whenever you leave the dentist’s office, you’ll probably come away with a goodie bag. This bag often includes a free sample of mouthwash, a pack of floss, and a new toothbrush. You might be tempted to discard your old toothbrush and replace it with the one you now hold. However, this is another myth you shouldn’t fall for; it’s better to change toothbrushes every three or four months instead of every six. When a toothbrush is too worn down, it can’t clean your teeth, gums, and tongue as well as it could before.
Brush for a Minute
You might think you’d be okay if you only brush your teeth for a minute. After all, the American Dental Association discovered that on average, most people spend 45 seconds doing this. But you need to brush for at least two minutes twice a day to make sure your mouth is as clean as possible. Plus, that minty fresh feeling can put you in a better mood, too.
Apply More Pressure
One last myth about toothbrushes has to do with how much pressure you need to use. Plaque and tartar can withstand your brushing attempts, but even a gentle pressure can remove them along with any bits of food you still in your mouth. Besides, if you press down too much, you can damage your teeth and cause your gums to bleed.
KEEP YOUR MOUTH HAPPY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE!
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube! We are always looking for new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, or Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!