Dentists in Colorado Springs Ask: Do You Know What Lives in Your Mouth? PART 2
Dentists in Colorado Springs Ask: Do You Know What Lives in Your Mouth? PART 2 This three-part article series takes a look at the various microorganisms that live in our mouth and how we can best manage and control them, effectively helping to prevent gum disease.Welcome back to the second installment of our three-part article series on oral bacteria and the myths andfacts surrounding them. As we discussed in Part 1, our mouths are naturally teeming with billions of bacteria.Just one tooth can house as many as 500 million of these microscopic organisms! The better you are aboutbrushing and flossing your teeth, the cleaner your mouth will be, but you’ll never totally eliminate thesemicroorganisms. “Not all bacteria are bad for you either,” says a Colorado Springs dentist. “Many arecrucial for maintaining the balance of health in the mouth.”There’s much to learn about a whole invisible world going on inside our own mouths, so let’s continue onwith taking a look at oral bacteria.Is Your Toothbrush Clean? Really Clean?There are all sort of old fish wives’ tales about eliminating bacteria on the bristles of your toothbrush. Somerecommend soaking your toothbrush in antiseptic mouth rinse, which sounds reasonable. Others areridiculous and range from microwaving your toothbrush for 15 seconds to putting it in the dishwasher. But,according to Colorado Springs dentists, the only thing you need to do to keep your toothbrush clean is torinse it under a running tab after use and then leave it out in the open air to dry, preferably away from aflushing toilet.The American Dental Association (ADA) has stated that no other measures have proved helpful oradvantageous in keeping your toothbrush clean and free of bacteria. In fact, many have proven to bedetrimental or even damaging to your toothbrush! A run in the dishwasher or microwave, for example, wouldprobably melt or warp the plastic in your toothbrush. The same advice applies for other dental appliances,such as retainers. If you ever have any doubt about how to store your toothbrush, speak to your dentist.
Out with the Old in with the NewWhen is it time to replace your toothbrush? According to the ADA, every three to four months or when thebristles start becoming frayed and bent out of shape. Interestingly enough, regularly replacing yourtoothbrush isn’t done to avoid bacteria from building up on its bristles. Apparently, there is no clinicalevidence to show that bacteria on the bristles of your toothbrush can be especially damaging to your health.Generally speaking, your immune system should take care of the worst of those microbes.The main reason you should change your toothbrush every three to four months is to benefit from a 100%functional cleaning implement. After some time, the bristles can lose their flexibility and will become bentout of shape. This compromises their cleaning ability. So, to keep your toothbrush in good working order, it’sbest to replace regularly.What happens if your toothbrush becomes frayed after only a short amount of time? Well, you may bepressing down too hard! “This could be irritating your gums and eroding your dental enamel, so lighten up onyour grip,” advise dentists in Colorado Springs.Stay Tuned for Part 3Stay tuned for the final installment of this three-part article series in which dentists in Colorado Springsprovide us with a closer and more personal look at the oral bacteria populating our mouths. Thanks for Reading