Change Of Seasons
Author: Dr. Sarah Mischo, DMD
Spring is a time for new beginnings. If you simply look outside you will see the new growth that has been dormant all winter starting to make a comeback. The birds are chirping and it is finally light outside in the evening when you leave work, which is a nice change of pace after the cold, dark winter. One simple dental reminder you can associate with the changing of seasons is acquiring a new toothbrush. Whenever a new season starts, you should be getting a new toothbrush (or toothbrush head if you use an electric toothbrush). You may need to change your toothbrush more frequently if the bristles look flattened or visibility worn. The American Dental Association provides some good tips for overall toothbrush hygiene:
- Never share your toothbrush. You can spread the microflora from one person to another by sharing a toothbrush.
- Be sure to rinse the toothbrush after each use to get rid of excess debris and toothpaste.
- Store the toothbrush in an up-right position, and out in the open. If you store your
toothbrush in a closed container, moisture can hang around and promote microbial growth.
Happy Spring, and remember to get a new toothbrush!
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