Flower Mound Dental: Dr. William E. Wyatt Jr. DDS and team knows that 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 Flower Mound Dental: Dr. William E. Wyatt Jr. DDS patients tips on toothbrush care.
Cleaning Your ToothbrushRunning 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’tsDo 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 ToothbrushGetting 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! So, just what types of toothbrushes are out there? Oral-B is one of the top toothbrushes recommended by dentists and hygienists. The first Oral-B toothbrush was created by a periodontist in 1949. From that first brush to each and every one we make today, Oral-B has always been committed to providing innovations in oral care. It's just one of the reasons more dentists and hygienists recommend Oral-B worldwide. Colgate is not just toothpaste company anymore. Colgate makes toothbrushes designed for every type of smile. Crest, a P&G company, partners with Oral-B to deliver a top notch line of dental care products. GUM and Reach provide consistent performing toothbrushes for this close knit market as well.
Get Creative With Your Old ToothbrushOld 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. For more uses for old toothbrushes, visit a personal favorite company of mine, AutoDesk Inc. Instructables. They have a terrific article on 10 Uses for Your Old Toothbrush, read it now. 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! Want to learn more about toothbrushes? Just come in and see us at the office in Flower Mound, Texas in the Kroger Shopping Center, on Cross Timbers Rd. and FM 2499 near Lifetime Fitness. We would be happy to show you some toothbrush options to make your decision easier.
Thank you for your trust and friendship!Are you new to Flower Mound? Have you lived here in Flower Mound for many years? If you are looking for a new dentist in Flower Mound, either for the first time, or looking for a new dentist in Flower Mound, come and see Flower Mound Dental: Dr. William E. Wyatt Jr. DDS. We are a terrific dentist office in Flower Mound and can provide for all of your Flower Mound dentist needs.
About Flower Mound Dental: William E. Wyatt Jr. DSSFlower Mound Dental: William E. Wyatt Jr. DSS, is here to meet all of your dental needs by providing truly gentle, exceptional dentistry, whether you need a filling, cleaning, whitening, root canal, or any other dental service. Located in Flower Mound, in the Kroger Shopping Center, near Lifetime Fitness, our professional and friendly team will provide you and your entire family with a comfortable and superior dental experience that you won’t find anywhere else. We want you to be comfortable and we want you to bring us your questions and concerns. Our commitment to oral hygiene and your overall wellness results in personalized and comprehensive visits with you to ensure we meet all of your health needs. Dr. Wyatt is a leading professional in his field and takes special care with each person in a calm and inviting atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. For more information visit www.flowermounddental.com or follow us on Twitter @FloMoDental.
About William E. Wyatt Jr. DSS:When it comes to dental education, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable than Dr. Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt is actively involved in many facets of continuing education, participating in dental conferences, symposia, and fellowships. In 1986, he received his Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry, which requires at least 500 hours of additional continuing education and the passage of a rigorous written exam. He has studied with some of the most respected dentists in the nation and the world. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners requires 12 hours of continuing education every year to maintain licensure. Dr. Wyatt regularly averages at least 200 hours per year; 1600% more than he’s legally required to do. This affords him access to the latest technological advances in cosmetic, laser, and restorative dentistry. Dr. Wyatt is a member of the following prestigious organizations:
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- The American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry
- The American Dental Implant Association
- The American Dental Institute
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (accreditation in progress)