Toothbrush Contamination In Communal Bathrooms

If you are living away from home at college or in a situation that requires using a communal bathroom, then this article is for you!  Have you thought about toothbrush contamination in that bathroom that you shartoothbrush contaminatione with others? A recent study confirms that there is transmission of fecal mater in communal bathrooms and that toothbrushes may serve as a tool for that transmission of potentially pathogenic organisms.

It may sound disgusting, but it isn’t too much concern if your toothbrush is contaminated with your own fecal matter, but rather the fecal matter of someone else.  This is because it introduces bacteria, viruses and parasites that are not part of your normal flora.

So what can be done to avoid this situation? Better hygiene practices are recommend for students who share bathrooms both in the storage of their toothbrush and also in their personal hygiene. Use a cover for your toothbrush and keep it away from toilets.  Also, be sure to ALWAYS wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom.  Be sure to replace your toothbrush regularly.

Toothbrush contamination in communal bathrooms – Medical News Today.

Floss or Brush First?

floss or brush firstYou may have often wondered if it is better to floss or brush first when keeping up with your oral hygiene habits. Alas, there are only a few studies on this and there is no evidence that one is better than the other to do first.

However, many dentists have different options on the matter. Some dentists feel that flossing first is best because if you get it out of the way before brushing, you won’t be tempted to skip it.  Other dentists recommend brushing first because your mouth will then be awash with fluoride as you are flossing.

So what’s your opinion?  Floss or brush first? Ask Well: Floss or Brush First? – NYTimes.com

How Long Will Dental Crowns Last?

dental crownsThe life of a dental crown depends mainly on the materials they are made of, but dental hygiene and bite force also play a role. Dental crowns are caps that fit over a tooth that has been damaged, decayed or treated with a root canal.  They make the tooth functional again and strong.  Crowns may need to be replaced from time to time.

Dental crowns can be made of composite resin, metal or porcelain.  Porcelain crowns look the most like natural teeth but are more fragile. Resin crowns are the least expensive type but are also prone to fracture.  Metal crowns are the most durable, but because they are silver in color, they are normally only used for back teeth.

Some people may choose a porcelain over metal crown.  They are metal based, but porcelain is fused to the metal to give it a more natural looking appearance. The color can even be matched to your other teeth. These crowns are a compromise between durability and appearance.

No matter which crown you choose, be sure to practice excellent dental hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day. Also be sure not to consume extremely hard or crunchy foods as this may increase the chances of fracturing the crown. On average, your dental crown should last at least 5 years but many will last 10-15 years if properly cared for.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?|Your Dental Health Resource

Are You Using Mouthwash?

mouthwashBrushing and flossing daily is the most important part of dental hygiene, but did you know that using an anti bacterial mouthwash important as well?  When you go shopping for mouthwash it may be a bit confusing.  There are a lot of options. There are therapeutic mouthwashes and cosmetic mouthwashes.

Therapeutic mouthwash is meant to fight off dental disease like tooth decay and gum disease. It will contain anti bacterial and tarter control properties. They may also contain fluoride which can help to fight tooth decay. Anti bacterial mouthwash helps prevent gum disease by decreasing the amount of bad bacteria in the mouth. There are a few disadvantages though.  A lot of mouthwashes contain alcohol which can irritate canker sores.  It can also dry out the mouth.

Cosmetic mouthwash includes agents that freshen breath.  They may also contain whitening agents.  These types of mouthwash don’t include any therapeutic agents.  They don’t really help to fight tooth decay and gum disease.  Many people use these to try to cover up chronic bad breath that may be caused because of poor dental hygiene.  It is important to always still brush and floss daily and see your dentist regularly.  If you have any questions about your breath or mouthwash, be sure to ask your dentist.

Are you Choosing The Right Mouthwash?|Dr. Perrone

Dental Hygiene Advice

Life is busy and sometimes it’s hard to find the time to really keep up on the important things that will keep your teeth strong and healthy. In an article by Shirley Stowe, she lists many tips that you can follow to keep practice good dental hygiene and keep your teeth healthy29885892-accessory-tool-dentist-in-dental-room.

Some of the things she mentions are, of course, to brush and floss. She also mentions how important it is to eat soda and other sugary foods in moderation.  To see her complete list of advice for good dental hygiene, follow the link below.

Advice For Keeping Your Teeth Strong And Healthy | Personal Hygiene Care