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|WE ALL USE TOOTHBRUSHES to take care of our teeth, but what are we doing to take care of our toothbrushes? It’s critical that our toothbrushes remain in good condition so they can do their jobs of keeping our teeth healthy, which is why we’re dedicating a blog post to giving our patients tips on toothbrush care!
Cleaning Your Toothbrush
Running your toothbrush under water and giving it a good shake won’t do much to get rid of all the germs you just brushed off your teeth, especially if you’ve recently battled the flu or a cold. Luckily, there are a few ways to deep-clean your toothbrush. Boiling the bristles for a few minutes will kill any germs on them, as will soaking the toothbrush in mouthwash. You can also sanitize it by placing it in the silverware rack of the dishwasher and running it without detergent.
Toothbrush Storage Dos and Don’ts
Do you store your toothbrush with the bristles on the counter or shelf, in a toothbrush cover, or near your toilet? Don’t! Bacteria needs warmth and moisture to multiply and spread, and flushing your toilet can send microscopic contaminants all over your bathroom. The best way to keep bacteria from growing on your toothbrush is to store it upright somewhere it can air out. It’s also a good idea to keep it well away from your toilet, and always put the lid down before flushing.
When To Replace Your Toothbrush
Getting used to a new toothbrush can feel weird. The bristles don’t feel the same, the shape is different, and the handle isn’t the same in your hand. But if we want our teeth to get the proper cleaning they deserve, this brief transition period is more than worth it.
If the bristles on your brush are getting bent, worn, or frayed, it’s definitely time for a new one — particularly if they’re sticking out the wrong way, because that won’t do your teeth any good! Bristles need to be straight in order to reach all the places they should. Just as important: have they become discolored? You don’t want to brush your teeth with stained, dirty bristles!
Get Creative With Your Old Toothbrush
Old toothbrushes are excellent tools for cleaning hard-to-reach areas in your house, like tile grout and backsplashes. You could boil it to make it soft, then bend it into a colorful bracelet! Toothbrushes also make great paintbrushes.
To make your toothbrush art minty fresh, use toothpaste as your paint!
Need Toothbrush Recommendations?
Looking for a new toothbrush but not sure which one is right for you? Just ask us and we’ll give you a recommendation! Keep up those great brushing habits, and don’t forget to schedule your regular dental appointments!
THE INITIAL ORTHODONTIC consultation is a critical step in your orthodontic treatment process. One of the best things you can do to prepare is to think about the kinds of questions you want to ask the orthodontist. Here are just a few to get you started.
How Long Will My Treatment Take?
Every patient has their own specific orthodontic needs, which means their treatment will be unique. Make sure to ask the orthodontist for an estimate on long your own treatment will take and what factors influence that timeline. The length and complexity of your treatment will also determine how much it costs.
How Do I Brush And Floss Around My Braces?
We sometimes take brushing and flossing our teeth for granted when we don’t have braces. It’s a fairly simple process to clean all of our teeth’s surfaces and get in between with a string of floss. With braces, it can be trickier, because there are many more places for pieces of food to get stuck, which also happen to be harder to reach with braces in the way. That’s why it’s important to ask the orthodontist for advice on how to keep your teeth clean with the braces on!
What Foods Should I Avoid?
You may have heard of the banned foods list orthodontic patients have to follow, and there’s a good reason for that. Having braces can make it difficult or impossible to eat certain types of food comfortably, and some foods can actually put the appliance in danger of breaking. Make sure you leave your consultation knowing which foods you should leave off your grocery list during your orthodontic treatment.
What Do I Do If Something Breaks?
Accidents happen to everyone, including orthodontic patients. A bracket may come loose or break, an archwire may snap, or any number of other complications could come up. It’s a good idea to get some early advice from the orthodontist on what to do in those kinds of situations so that you’ll be ready for them.
What Options Do I Have For My Treatment?
Because everyone’s teeth and situations are different, there is no one-size-fits-all solution in orthodontic treatment. Ask the orthodontist if traditional braces are the most effective option for you, or if you might do better with a different approach, such as invisible aligners.
How Can I Help My Teeth Move Into Place On Schedule?
Many factors besides the starting position of the teeth can impact the speed of orthodontic treatment, including the actions of the patient! Depending on what you do, your treatment can either finish on time or become delayed, so make sure you have a clear idea of what you need to do to stay on track!
Having questions is no reason to postpone your orthodontic treatment!
Come See Us With These And All Your Other Questions!
Here at our practice, we can’t wait to start working with you on helping you reach your healthy, straight smile goals, and the first step is making sure all your questions are answered. If you haven’t already scheduled your initial consultation, give us a call today!
We love giving our patients more reasons to smile!
Contact us to schedule your complimentary orthodontic evaluation today!
Braces actually do a whole lot more than just straighten smiles.
Are you considering whether or not braces could improve you or your child’s smile in Sioux Falls, SD? If so, our orthodontist Dr. Chris Wermerson can provide you with the treatment you need to fix a variety of issues, from crooked teeth to crowding. Of course, braces offer a whole host of amazing benefits, some of which you might not even realize. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get braces:
Prevent Gum Disease
If teeth are crowding one another it can be challenging to properly brush and floss between and around teeth and the gum line. As a result, those with misaligned smiles are also at an increased risk for periodontal disease. Gum disease can cause some serious issues for your oral health if it’s not caught early on. Braces will shift teeth into the proper position, making it easier to brush and floss between teeth to prevent gum disease.
Reduce Your Risk for Decay
Again, if you are having trouble properly cleaning your teeth because of crooked or twisted teeth, or crowding then it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that bacteria will buildup on teeth and destroy tooth enamel. Once the enamel is worn away this can lead to a cavity. By straightening your smile you’ll make it easier to brush and floss all surfaces of your teeth to prevent decay.
Prevent Dental Damage
If you are dealing with a crooked teeth, an overbite, underbite, or other malocclusion (“bad bite”) then the pressure placed on your teeth when you bite down or chew isn’t equally distributed. This means that some teeth are taking on more pressure and force from the jaws then they should. Over time, this can lead to extreme enamel erosion, weak or worn teeth, or even cracks and fractures.
If you are interested in sitting down with our orthodontist in Sioux Falls, SD Dr. Chris Wermerson, to find out if braces could benefit your smile or the smile of your child or teen, then call Wermerson Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation with us.
MANY ADULTS MISTAKENLY believe that they missed their chance to get braces because they didn’t have them as teenagers. However, the number of adult orthodontic patients has risen dramatically over the last few decades, and today we’re going to debunk all of your excuses for not getting braces and show you why orthodontic treatment is still a wonderful option for adults with dental alignment issues.
“It’s Too Late; My Teeth Won’t Move”
It may be preferable to start young for orthodontic treatment, but there is no age limit to getting a straighter smile. We can help determine the best treatment for your circumstances. One advantage adult orthodontic patients have over teens is the self-discipline that comes with maturity; adults will often be better at following instructions for their treatment, which means it will go much smoother.
“I’ll Be Fine If I Keep My Crooked Teeth”
If you’ve been living with crooked teeth your whole life, you might think there’s no point in getting orthodontic treatment. But having straight teeth isn’t just about appearances — it’s also about improved oral and overall health. Straight teeth are easier to clean and make it easier to speak, chew, and even breathe effectively, whereas crooked teeth cause difficulties in all of these areas and can grow more crooked over time.
“Having Braces Will Make Me Look Unprofessional”
Some adults who would like straighter teeth may still hesitate to seek orthodontic treatment because they worry that spending a year or longer in braces could impact their personal lives or careers by making them look immature or unprofessional. Luckily, there are several low-profile orthodontic treatment options for patients who don’t want to broadcast their treatment to the world, such as invisible aligners, clear ceramic braces, and lingual (tongue-side) braces. With these, you can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing your hardware!
“Orthodontic Treatment Is Expensive”
Orthodontic treatment can certainly cost more than a regular dental appointment, but it’s also an investment in your future, saving you from the expenses of problems that come with crooked teeth or a bad bite. If you aren’t sure you can fit braces into your budget, and are in the Sioux Falls area, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wermerson at Wermerson Orthodontics today. We will be sure to find the best and most affordable option for you.
We can’t wait to help you get the smile you deserve!
Don’t let excuses keep you from your dream smile!
WE ALL LIKE to show off our personality and sense of style in the way we present ourselves, from clothing to hairstyle to cosmetics. Piercings are often an important component of personal image, but unlike clothing and hairstyles, piercings come with health risks — particularly oral piercings.
Common Oral Piercing Risks
There will always be risks associated with piercings, even the most basic earlobe piercings, such as infection or an allergic reaction to the metal. Oral piercings share those risks, and they also have a few unique ones.
- Infection. The human mouth is home to numerous species of bacteria. Good oral hygiene is crucial to keep it in check, but a piercing can put that bacteria in closer contact with the bloodstream, leading to infection, pain, and swelling.
- Damage and injury. It’s easy to develop a habit of fidgeting with a tongue or lip piercing, but this can lead to chipped or cracked teeth, damaged fillings, and injury to the gum tissue, lips, or tongue.
- Gum recession. When the gum tissue is constantly in contact with a piercing, it can wear it away, exposing the roots of the teeth and leaving them vulnerable to decay.
- Numbness. Tongue piercings can leave the tongue temporarily or permanently numb due to nerve damage. This can affect taste and mouth movements.
- Drooling. Our salivary glands are activated by the presence of foreign objects in the mouth. Usually this means food, but a piercing can trick your salivary glands into working overtime.
- X-ray interference. A piercing can obscure important areas in a dental X-ray, making it easier for cavities to slip under the dentist’s radar.
Oral Piercings And Orthodontics
For orthodontic patients, oral piercings are even riskier. It’s very easy for a piercing to become tangled up in braces, and this can damage the appliance and cause injuries if the piercing tears free. Even if you’re willing to accept the dangers of an oral piercing, we strongly urge you to wait until your orthodontic treatment is over.
Taking Care Of Piercings
Whether you already have an oral piercing or you’re willing to accept the risks of getting one in the future, there are ways you can minimize those risks, aside from being diligent with your oral hygiene habits. These aren’t as effective as not getting piercings or removing them, but they do help.
- Keep the piercing site clean. Don’t let bacteria and food particles build up around the piercing site; make sure to rinse after every meal or snack.
- Avoid clicking it against your teeth. Try to be gentle in how you move the piercing around your teeth so they don’t chip.
- Make sure the piercing is secure. This will prevent it from coming loose and becoming a choking hazard.
- Remove all piercings while playing sports. Any piercing becomes a hazard during intense physical activity, so make sure to take it out before workouts, practices, and games!
- Signs of infection? Go to the dentist. Any symptoms like swelling, pain, or unusual redness around the piercing, as well as fever, chills, or shaking could mean infection, so go to the dentist or the doctor right away!
Let’s Keep That Mouth Healthy!
As dental professionals, our top priority will always be helping our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums for life, and oral piercings introduce a lot of unnecessary risks. If you’d like to know more about how a piercing can impact your oral health, drop by or give us a call!
We encourage you to make good oral health a lifelong goal!