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Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

How to Tell if Your Toothbrush Needs Replacing

Posted on 3/15/2020 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
How to Tell if Your Toothbrush Needs ReplacingYou can get used to using your toothbrush for a long time. However, you still need to replace it after a while. How do you know when your toothbrush needs replacement? What are some of the telltale clues? The information below will give you what you need to know for better brushing and dental health.

When a Toothbrush Needs Replacement

A soft-bristled toothbrush is the ideal toothbrush to use to keep teeth polished and clean, and the gums and teeth free of the effects of abrasion. Soft-bristled brushes need to be replaced more frequently, because they are softer or flexible. Replace your brush if the bristles do not stand up straight or they bend over. Also look at the base of the brush. Do you see debris you cannot remove? If so, you should replace your brush. If your brush is in good shape, but you have been sick, you should replace your toothbrush.

Using your toothbrush again increases the risk that you will also get sick again. If your toothbrush sits next to another person's toothbrush in your household and the brushes touch, replace both brushes. Bacteria can jump from one brush to the next, so keep your brushes apart.

Also, don't use a brush that you have placed in a container or drawer, as the bacteria on the brush can grow. Replace your toothbrush if you have placed it in a place where germs can congregate. You have to remember that toothbrushes hold bacteria from our mouths. Therefore, they should be stored in an open space away from other toothbrushes.

The same is true of electric toothbrush heads. In either case, we recommend that you replace your electric toothbrush head or manual toothbrush about every three months under normal use. Doing so will prevent any problems with germs and keep your gums and teeth clean.

You can also improve your dental health with regularly scheduled office visits. Contact use today for an appointment and a cleaning. We can provide you with the professional care you need to support your at-home dental care.

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