Originally published on lifestyll.com
You may realize you should brush your teeth twice a day, visit your dentist for regular check-ups, and floss between your teeth to remove plaque. You probably won’t recognize the following facts detailed by Florida based dentist, Dr. Maria Luong, that you need to know:
It’s important to replace your toothbrush regularly
You associate your toothbrush with fresh, clean teeth, but might not realize it can harbor bacteria. Not only do toothbrush bristles wear out and become less effective over time, but bacteria will live in them when you keep them too long as well.
You need to replace your toothbrush every three months or so unless you’ve had a viral infection, in which case you should replace it right away lest you are re-infected.
Ingesting fluoridated toothpaste can make children ill
Many people prefer not to use fluoridated toothpaste since there’s controversy over whether it’s harmful. According to the National Health Service, or NHS, though, fluoride is generally considered safe and helpful for oral hygiene.
Nonetheless, the NHS warns against allowing a developing child to ingest too much fluoride as doing so can lead to fluorosis. They state “mild dental fluorosis can be seen as very fine pearly white lines,” which is visible on the tooth surface. Severe fluorosis causes pitting and discoloration of tooth enamel.
So how much toothpaste can your baby or young child use? Experts suggest 1,000ppm, more of a smear than the pea-sized amount dentists recommend adults use for tooth hygiene.
Everyone, nevertheless, whether an adult or child, should expectorate the toothpaste out after usage rather than swallow it.
Poor habits can damage your teeth
Millions of people damage their teeth each day due to poor habits. For instance, holding your car keys in your mouth or opening items like bottles with your teeth. This can lead to cracks or chips on your teeth.
Dentists suggest people only to use their teeth for chewing food and smiling. Don’t just use your teeth like a spare hand to hold objects. It’s better to put something down when your hands are full than rely on your pearly whites to grasp items.
Toilet flushing can spread bacteria to your toothbrush
The last thing you want to hear is storing your toothbrush less than six feet away from the toilet results in harmful bacteria landing in its bristles. Unfortunately, it’s true.
You must keep your toothbrush six feet or more away from the toilet or put it in a bathroom cabinet and close the door to keep it fit for use.
Your teeth are valuable. They increase the beauty of your smile and help you chew food. Without them, you would have to rely on false teeth, and you can be ill if they are in bad condition, so look after them with good oral hygiene and helpful habits.
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