Words of Wisdom No.2 – Chuck Your Toothbrush
Chuck Your Toothbrush
If you are using an old toothbrush, then it is not removing all of the food debris from your teeth. In addition, an old toothbrush will contain a lot of bacteria that can lead to gingivitis or halitosis. Your orthodontist will tell you to replace your toothbrush every three months, but if a toothbrush’s bristles look frayed, then throw it away before buying a new one. The best way to remember to replace a toothbrush is by marking a date on a calendar, and it is a good plan to buy new toothbrushes for everyone in your family at the same time.
Replace a Toothbrush Every Three Months
When you buy a new toothbrush, it is important to choose it carefully by reading the package to determine if it has soft bristles that will not damage the enamel of your teeth. Children need to have smaller toothbrushes with heads that will fit comfortably in their mouths. If you want your child to brush her own teeth, then permit her to select a toothbrush in a favorite color. It is easy to find multipacks of toothbrushes at drugstores, making it simple to switch to a new toothbrush after three months.
Contact Us to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment
If you live in Minnesota, then you can have an expert examination from a knowledgeable orthodontist at McDermott Orthodontics. Dr. Michael McDermott offers appointments at several facilities, including:
• Baxter – 218-829-1630
• Brainerd – 218-829-1630
• Pequot Lakes – 218-568-5600
• Delano – 763-972-4444
Dr. McDermott has been caring for adults, teenagers and children for 15 years, making sure to provide customized orthodontic devices that include:
• Invisalign – clear plastic aligners for teenagers and adults
• Braces – ceramic, metal and Damon
• Retainers – worn after orthodontic treatment ends
For patients who want to reduce their treatment time, we recommend using the AcceleDent Aura system at home for 20 minutes each night. Schedule an appointment today.
708 Elm Ave. E.
Dr. Michael McDermott earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Chemistry and Biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He followed his undergraduate degrees with a doctorate in dental surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with highest distinction.
Dr. Mike then furthered his dental education by earning a masters and certificate in Orthodontics at the University of St. Louis in Missouri.