Sharing Your Toothbrush: What You Should Know

Did you know that brushing and flossing can help you avoid problems like gum disease? Of course, there are a few other problems that could ultimately lead to gum disease. For instance, would you be surprised to hear that sharing your toothbrush could actually leave you more vulnerable to this problem? In fact, sharing your toothbrush can lead to a number of problems.​

You see, if you share a toothbrush, you could also be sharing bacteria that cause gum disease. Sadly, your toothbrush can harbor bad bacteria, especially if the bristles are frayed. Incidentally, we recommend replacing your toothbrush every few months.​

Similarly, please note that a toothbrush can also harbor blood because some people bleed when they clean their teeth. As you may have guessed, this can actually leave you vulnerable to a number of problems, such as blood-borne diseases. Sadly, these diseases include herpes and hepatitis.​

Finally, if you find yourself somewhere without a brush, there are several things you can do instead of borrowing a toothbrush. In fact, using your finger is a better alternative than borrowing a brush. If you’re worried about your breath, try using a mint or mouthwash. Eating an apple can also improve your breath.​

To learn more about how you can avoid the risks of sharing your toothbrush in Pell City, Alabama, please don’t hesitate to contact Pell City Dental Center PC by calling 205-473-0044. Our dentist, Dr. Scott Barnett, and our team will be happy to help you keep your teeth strong and to address any concerns you have. We look forward to meeting with you.


Your New Dentures Need Daily Oral Hygiene Care

The custom set of dentures fitted for you by Dr. Scott Barnett have been designed to replace your missing or compromised teeth. This set of “false teeth” are set into a pink base that mimics the appearance of natural gum tissue. It also matches the shape of your gum structure for a firm, natural fit.

Even with this custom connection, denture wearers like to secure their dentures in place with a little denture adhesive. This helps hold the unit firmly in place.​

If you have food particles come between your dentures and the base of your gums, you should thoroughly rinse them and any residual adhesive away. You can then reapply more denture adhesive to the clean surface.​

Every night when you take your dentures out, you should thoroughly rinse the base to free any residual denture adhesive and plaque. You should then brush the surfaces and contours of the dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture polish. You should then soak the dentures overnight in water and keep them in a safe place.​

While you still have the brush in your hand, you might want to also consider brushing your tongue. Along with a vigorous rinse of antiseptic mouthwash, it will help remove bacteria and plaque to improve oral hygiene and prevent chronic bad breath problems.​

If you have questions about how to best clean and maintain your new set of dentures in Pell City, Alabama, you can always call Pell City Dental Center PC at 205-473-0044 to seek further advice from Dr. Scott Barnett.