• Toothbrushing Mistake No.8: “Not Following up with a Rinse is Very Unhygienic”

    January 02nd, 2014

    Not following up with a rinse is very unhygienic when it comes to your overall oral health. Bacteria could build up on your toothbrush if you don’t rinse it well after usage. This bacteria can be placed back into your mouth every time you start brushing.

    In short, you will be putting old bacteria in your mouth every time you intend to clean your teeth through brushing. It obviously defeats the purpose of brushing which is to make sure that your mouth is clean and free of plaque.

    According to Laurence Rifkin (DDS, a dentist in Beverly Hills, California), putting old bacteria in your mouth should be avoided by rinsing your toothbrush well and letting it dry right after using it.

    Aside from the fact that is very unhygienic not to rinse your toothbrush well, it can also lead to various digestive problems in the future.Therefore, if you want to have a healthy mouth and body, start by cleaning your toothbrush correctly right after using it.

    If you have toothbrush cover, make sure it can let the air pass through to get rid of moisture which is the breeding ground of bacteria. These tips can actually prevent bacteria staying on your tooth brush. So always remember to rinse your toothbrush well right after using.

  • Toothbrushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry Can Cultivate More Bacteria”

    January 02nd, 2014

    Most people follow a certain routine when it comes to brushing. They first put toothpaste on their brush, then starting brushing their mouth. Well-informed persons divide their mouth into quadrants to make sure they spend enough time for each quadrant and ensure that their mouths are thoroughly cleaned.

    These people also make it a habit to brush for the recommended frequency, choose the right bristles, and follow the right strokes such as brushing vertically or in a circular motion.

    After doing all the things on the checklist, most of these people are confident that they have done everything that ought to be done.However, these people often forget to let their toothbrushes dry after using them.

    Since letting the toothbrush dry is not on their checklist, they tend to ignore this important step every single day not knowing what can happen if they continue to do so. Not letting the toothbrush dry invites bacteria to thrive in your toothbrush.

    Hence, you need to let it air dry first before you store it. If you have storage for your toothbrush make sure the air can pass through the brush to get rid of moisture.

    This way you are preventing a buildup in bacteria. Once you lose a tooth, you’ll lose it forever so be very careful with them.

    Have you considered braces but don’t like the traditional braces look? Have you heard of Invisalign?  Use the contact details below to book a free consultation.

    Orthodontic Specialists 513-772-6500

  • Stay Cool with a Braces-Friendly Summer Treat!

    June 26th, 2012

    Summer is here! Kids and adults alike will now be spending more time outside being active and enjoying the hotter temperatures. What’s better on a hot summer day than a delicious treat that will cool you down after doing something active in the summer sun? Luckily, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have just the thing, Watermelon Sorbet! You can find the complete recipe below:

    Watermelon Sorbet

    Ingredients

    • ¾ cup water
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon lime juice
    • 2 to 3 cups watermelon, diced, no seeds or rind

    Directions

    In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar, and lime juice on medium high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Chill this “syrup” at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, place the watermelon chunks in a food processor or blender and liquefy them. Add the chilled syrup to the watermelon puree and blend. Freeze sorbet in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately.

    Happy Summer!

  • Orthodontic Emergency? We can help!

    June 18th, 2012

    True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment with our office.
    You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you get in to see us…
    The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:

    Poking Wire: Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
    Loose Bracket or Band: If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.
    Loose Wire: Using a tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
    Loose Appliance: If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

    Headgear Does Not Fit: Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, headgear becomes more comfortable the more it’s worn, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.
    General Soreness: When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
    Remember, after alleviating your discomfort, it is still very important that you call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem.