What you need to know about toothbrushes

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TOOTHBRUSHES

 

How often should we change toothbrushes?

Worn out toothbrushes cannot clean your teeth properly and may damage your gums. It is important to change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if the filaments become worn. When bristles become splayed, they do not clean properly.

It is a good idea to change your toothbrush after you have gotten over infections such as a cold to reduce the risk of infection.

What are the mistakes we make when storing our toothbrush?

Using a toothbrush cover may seem like a good idea but is actually a big mistake. The cover does not allow for the bristles to dry creating a moist environment where bacteria can thrive.

Another big mistake is storing our toothbrush too close to others, which may be owned by family members, and allow the heads to come into contact with each other. This enables cross-contamination. Also, do not put your toothbrush in the dishwasher or microwave in an attempt to sterilise it; this is likely to damage the brush.

So how exactly should we be storing our toothbrushes?

Your toothbrush should be rinsed to remove any toothpaste from the brush then stored in an upright position so that water can drain away from the head of the brush with good circulation which allows it to dry completely.

Is an electric toothbrush better than manual?

Research has shown that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque. Those with heads that rotate in both directions (called oscillating heads) are the most effective.

If you have any further questions regarding toothbrushes or anything to do with oral health please do not hesitate in asking your dentist at your next visit.

Campaigning to Improve Mouth Cancer Awareness

Mouth cancer action month is in November and remains a focal point for everybody across the country to take action and help spread awareness of the disease.

The Oral Health Foundation uses Mouth Cancer Action as a chance to work closely with oral health educators, health professionals, schools and workplaces to increase their important work of delivering oral health education, especially in disadvantaged communities and regions of known poor oral health, to deliver better awareness of mouth cancer.

They have supported more than 3,600 healthcare organisations taking part in the campaign, facilitated around 350 specialised mouth cancer events around the UK, which specifically aimed to visually examine those patients at risk of mouth cancer.

As a charity looking to make a positive impact in the public arena, they have been able to influence policy regarding smoking, alcohol, diet and gender-neutral HPV vaccinations.

Look for the blue ribbon badges to show support for Mouth Cancer Action Month.