Oral Care Tips You Need to Know
The team at Leesburg Family Smiles has been delivering top-quality dental care to our clients in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia since 1973. Our team, led by Drs. Amanda Brown, Walter Collazo, and Kelly Lincoln, has been delivering expert dental knowledge and care with an unwavering dedication to patient happiness and satisfaction since our founding.
The Leesburg Family Smiles office, located in Leesburg, Virginia, has been serving Leesburg and Purcellville, VA for over 40 years. We started in 1973 after Dr. Douglas Herbet, who grew up in a military family and decided to put his roots down, brought his expertise in dentistry to Loudoun County. Dr. Herbert began performing oral and periodontal (gum) surgery at Loudoun Hospital, and helped bring in the very first oral surgeons into the United States. In fact, some of the children Dr. Herbert treated early on in his career still visit Leesburg Family Smiles to this day.
Here at Leesburg Family Smiles, we make prevention and oral health our utmost priority. We use a holistic approach to emphasize causes of disease, because we want all of our patients to be completely free of dental pain and disease. And most importantly, we want you to be able to enjoy a happy life with excellent dental health. To that end, we’ve put together a few oral care tips that we are sure will help you keep your teeth and smile in the best possible condition.
Taking Care of Your Toothbrush
If you’re like most of the patients we see every day, you probably use a toothbrush daily to keep your teeth clean and healthy. If that’s the case, then we have a few tips to keep your toothbrush just as clean as your teeth. Read on to find out a little more about how to take the best possible care of your toothbrush.
When it comes to toothbrushes, special covers are not necessary to keep them clean and free of harmful bacteria. All of the plastics, rubbers, and nylon materials that are commonly used on most modern toothbrushes can help you inhibit bacterial growth. However, you’ll need to make sure that you take a few practical steps to best protect your teeth and overall dental health. One easy thing you can start doing is to avoid using an unventilated toothbrush cover, since these covers can actually help bacteria in your mouth and around your teeth to grow and multiply. Always remember to thoroughly rinse your toothbrush in clean water after each use and allow it to dry completely. A hanging toothbrush holder is recommended to best keep your toothbrush as dry as possible.
While we’re on the topic of your toothbrush and keeping it in the best shape as you can, we think it’s also worth talking about choosing the right kind of toothbrush. While there are plenty of options from which you can choose, there are a few things you might want to consider when picking out your next toothbrush. Read on to learn about a few handy facts that good, high-quality toothbrushes can offer you and your oral health.
Choose a Brush that Reaches Your Molars and Change Your Toothbrush Regularly
When picking out your toothbrush that’s right for your teeth and dental hygiene, size is critical to your toothbrush selection. Your choice of toothbrush should be small enough that it can teach the molars all the way in the back of your mouth. A brush that’s too big for your mouth will result in food and plaque in your back teeth. A small- or medium-sized toothbrush should prove to be ideal for most adults. Children’s toothbrushes should ideally have small heads.
Once you choose your ideal toothbrush, you may still be asking yourself: “how long is too long when it comes to changing your toothbrush?” You should be changing out your brush about once every three months. Toothbrushes tend to wear down with frequent use, making them less effective at removing plaque and embedded food around your teeth and gums. You’ll find that, as your toothbrush gets older, its bristles begin to separate and bend outwards away from the head. Make sure to change your toothbrush immediately if you notice this before your three months are up.
The tips we’ve laid out in this article reflect the kind of service the team at Leesburg Family Smiles provides each and every client of ours. We believe that every client’s individual demands are unique and require excellent, personalized treatment. The Leesburg Family Smiles takes great professional pride in seeing your dental health improve, and we are sure that our practice can provide you with the excellence in dental service you deserve. Schedule your next appointment to make the dental difference in your life that you need.