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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

3 Things You Should Do To Properly Care For Your Toothbrush

by Jacqueline Byrd

Many people know how important it is to brush and floss their teeth daily. They do what they can to keep their teeth clean without realizing that the toothbrush that they are using is not as effective as it could be. Toothbrushes can carry bacteria, become damaged or just become overall ineffective with improper care. This is why it is important that everyone understand how to care for their toothbrush so that they can get the cleanest brush possible.

1. Always Store Your Tooth Brush Upright

One of the first things you need to know is that your toothbrush should be stored upright after you use it. After you have brushed, your toothbrush will have moisture on it that could carry bacteria. It is best if the toothbrush dries off and lets the moisture run down on to the handle. When you store your toothbrush flat, it simply encourages the moisture, and the bacteria, to stay on the bristles so that they are put right back onto your teeth the next time you brush. For this reason, have a cup or something in the bathroom that allows the brush to dry while sitting upright.

2. Store The Toothbrush Out In The Open

Although your toothbrush is not your most attractive decoration for your bathroom, you should never store it in a drawer or somewhere that is airtight. Instead, it should be out in the open so that the brush can air dry. Just like you should keep it upright to let the moisture run down the brush, you should keep it out in the open so that the air can dry it and kill all the bacteria that thrives on moisture off the brush.

3. Clean The Brush In Antibacterial Solution, Not the Dishwasher

Some people think that it is a good idea to wash the toothbrush in the dishwasher. Although it will help to kill the bacteria and dirt off the brush, the pressure from the dishwasher will damage the bristles. If the bristles aren't hard enough they won't be able to properly scrub the bacteria off the teeth.

Instead, you should soak the brush in an antibacterial solution like hydrogen peroxide or mouthwash. This will protect the bristles while cleaning the toothbrush off.

As a general rule, if you are ever in doubt about the effectiveness of your toothbrush, you should just replace it. This is the safest way to make sure that brush is working properly. 

For more help, contact professionals like Smile Builders - Robyn Lesser DMD.