The Proper Care of Your Toothbrush

May 23rd, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

We routinely toss washcloths in the washing machine, and throw out the loofah that has been in the shower for a few months. We don’t have to think twice about cleaning or replacing these items we use to clean ourselves. So why is it that we neglect our toothbrushes?

Keeping your toothbrush clean and fresh is important to your overall health. Here are a few guidelines about toothbrush care:

  • Washing: Rinse any debris from your toothbrush after each use. For a deeper clean soak it in antibacterial mouthwash, or use a toothbrush sanitizer.
  • Upright Position: Toothbrushes should be stored upright, like in a cup or holder. They should never be stored in an airtight container, as bacteria can develop.
  • Let it go: Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after an illness. This includes electric toothbrush heads and traditional toothbrushes.
  • Be selfish: Never share your toothbrush with anyone. Sharing toothbrushes can transfer harmful bacteria.

Taking care of your toothbrush is very important, but remember that having good dental health begins with regular visits to the dentist. Contact The Dental Center today to make your appointment.

Three Things You Can Do About Bad Breath

May 16th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

You only have one chance to make a first impression. Don’t let bad breath be any part of someone’s first interaction with you. Follow these three tips and you will always be confident that your breath is fresh.

  1. Keep your mouth moist. A dry mouth has a lack of saliva, which can lead to tooth decay and bad breath. Drinking plenty of water is the best way to ensure that your mouth has the appropriate amount of moisture. Using sugarless candy or chewing sugarless gum can also help keep the mouth moist, and fight bad breath.
  2. Stick to fresh-smelling foods. Potent and spicy foods, such as garlic and onion, are major causes of bad breath.  These foods can even make their way into your bloodstream, and ultimately make any bad breath even worse.
  3. Choose gum. It is a common myth that after-dinner mints help ward off bad breath. The sugar in mints actually promotes the growth of bacteria that causes bad breath. Chewing sugarless gum will increase your mouth’s production of saliva, which will help prevent bad breath.

Having a healthy mouth is the most important factor in having fresh breath. A healthy mouth starts with having regular dental examinations. Contact The Dental Center today to schedule your exam.

Save Money with Regular Dental Checkups

May 9th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Do you put off going to the dentist because of the expense? Maybe you think that you can get by with skipping regular dental exams to save some money. However, by skipping regular dental checkups you are putting yourself at risk of seeing bigger bills than the cost of a routine appointment.

People who don’t receive regular dental exams often end up going to the emergency room for oral problems.  In 2011 alone, it was estimated that hospital charges for dental care totaled $58 million.  Seeking routine care can prevent the need to seek emergency dental care after the damage is done, at a much lower cost.

Additionally, oral care has a substantial impact on your overall health. By neglecting regular dental checkups, you are not only putting your oral health at risk but also your overall health and wellbeing. Many diseases can be diagnosed and treated early during regular and routine oral care. Astronomical hospital bills for diseases that could have been prevented can be avoided with an annual dental exam.

Don’t let yourself get stuck with a sky-high hospital bill because you didn’t get regular dental checkups. Call The Dental Center today to schedule your appointment!

Your Friendly Columbus Ohio Dentists Quiz

May 1st, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Welcome to the first Columbus Ohio dentists quiz…

Here at the Dental Center at Easton Town Center we like having fun just as much as everyone else. So here’s our very first quiz.  We’ve provided a few questions to test your dental mental acuity.

1) What is the recommendation of Columbus, Ohio dentists for brushing and flossing?

columbus ohio dentistsa) Once a day.

b) Twice a day.

c) Once a week.

d) Three times a day.

 

2) At what age should a child be seen by Columbus, Ohio dentists?

a) When the first baby tooth appears.

b) Before the start of kindergarten.

c) When the child has discomfort.

d) Before second grade.

 

3) What do tree branches, wild boar hair and nylon have in common?

a) They all have been made into toothbrushes at one time or another.

b) Dentists have used these items for filling materials.

c) All can be found in a modern Columbus , Ohio dentists office.

d) Nothing.

 

4) Which is healthier for your teeth – chocolate, raisins, chewing gum, or hard candy?

a) Chocolate.

b) Raisins.

c) Chewing gum.

d) Hard Candy.

 

5) In one appointment, on one patient, what is the most teeth Dr. Gilmer has extracted?

a) Four.

b) Eight.

c) Twenty Eight.

d) Sixteen.

 

Columbus Ohio Dentists Quiz Correct Answers

1) D: Brushing and flossing after every meal is imperative to preventing cavities and other dental conditions

2) A: Familiarizing a child with our office makes the child more comfortable over time

3) A: People have been concerned about their dental hygiene since Egyptian times.  Ancient tombs contained small tree branches with ends frayed into soft fibers.  In the 15th century, the Chinese made toothbrushes from the neck hairs of the Siberian wild boar.  The present day nylon toothbrush was invented in 1937. Columbus, Ohio dentists have come a long way since then.

4) A: Sticky foods, such as raisins, and heavily sugared foods can stick to teeth and cause more decay.

5) C: Dr. Gilmer once extracted an entire mouthful of teeth!

Learn more about Columbus Ohio dentists care for kids.