Posts for tag: Toothbrush

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
April 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothbrush  

From a dentist's perspective, toothbrushes have a limited lifespan: Bristles can fray after months of use, rendering them less effective in removing harmful dental plaque. The American Dental Association therefore recommends a new brush at least every three to four months.

From a user's perspective, that's not that big a deal—toothbrushes are relatively inexpensive and plentiful in stores selling oral hygiene products. In fact, many dentists give their patients a new toothbrush after each dental cleaning.

But there's still another perspective: Mother Earth. Too many of those used toothbrushes end up in the trash. With potentially billions of disposed toothbrushes each year, this essential dental care tool could well be a significant contribution to our planet's overflowing waste problem.

Fortunately, you don't have to consign your used toothbrush to the landfill. After a sanitizing run through the dishwasher, there are dozens of ways to re-purpose your old brush. In recognition of Earth Day, April 22, here are a few of them.

Kitchen cleanup tool. Your kitchen is likely filled with various utensils and small appliances like toasters or blenders that contain lots of nooks and crannies. These spaces can quickly fill up with spills or food debris. With their narrow heads and long handles, old toothbrushes are ideal for tidying up your hard-to-clean kitchen equipment.

Tile grout cleaner. Those narrow bristles also make toothbrushes a great tool for cleaning bathroom tile grout. Simply apply your favorite cleaner, or a little baking soda added to water, and let your old toothbrush do the rest. A toothbrush is also handy for cleaning around other tight spaces around the sink, tub or toilet.

Personal hygiene aid. After retiring from teeth cleaning, your brush can still play a role in personal hygiene. Use if for cleaning under fingernails, removing hair from hair brushes or even getting your eyebrows in good order. They're also handy for applying hair dye if you can't lay your hands on the regular application brush.

Miscellaneous task helper. A used toothbrush can be useful for tasks in and out of the house. Inside, it can help you remove your child's crayon art from walls or tackle stubborn clothes stains. Outside, it's handy for cleaning different parts of your car, the soles of your shoes or grimy bicycle chains. When you need something small and narrow, a toothbrush might just fill the bill.

Have more than enough used toothbrushes? Then consider recycling the next one, if your local program allows it. In its separated components your toothbrush can thus continue to be useful—and not another piece of clutter on our beautiful planet.

If you would like more information about toothbrushes and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sizing Up Toothbrushes.”

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
December 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Toothbrush  

Find out if the type of toothbrush you’re using could affect how clean you can get your smile.

When it comes to caring for your smile at home, you’ve certainly been doing it for a while. So, at this point you may not even think about Toothbrushwhat actually goes into your daily routine. But perhaps it’s time you started re-evaluating your routine to make sure you are getting your teeth as clean as you possibly can. From the office of your Holland, MI dentist Dr. Todd Brower find out which toothbrush is right for you.

Look for soft bristles

It is always best to opt for toothbrushes that have soft, rounded bristles and to always be gentle when brushing your teeth. Stiff-bristled toothbrushes can be too tough on enamel and can cause some serious wear and tear if you aren’t careful.

Choose the right head size

It’s also important to consider the size of your toothbrush’s head before purchasing, as you don’t want one that’s too large for your mouth. You want the bristles to be able to reach the back of your molars and all other hard-to-reach areas. If they don’t, then it’s time to swap out for one that actually will.

Try an electric toothbrush

If you love your manual toothbrush it may be difficult to part ways and by all means you don’t have to, but some patients find that powered toothbrushes are more comfortable, easier to handle and apply the proper amount of pressure on your teeth so you don’t have to. Electric toothbrushes can also make brushing easier on those with dexterity problems.

Keep it simple

What it all comes down to for you is comfort. Sure, your Holland, MI general dentist can help recommend some top-of-the-line toothbrushes but really it’s about what feels easier for you to use and makes brushing your teeth simple yet effective.

Of course, your oral hygiene wouldn’t be top-notch without those six-month cleanings. Sure, your smile may feel its best but seeing your Holland, MI general dentist biannually ensures that gum disease, cavities and infection don’t cause serious issues down the road. Schedule your next appointment with Ottawa Smiles Dental today.