Tooth brushing Mistake No.10: “Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough”

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.10: “Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough”

A toothbrush isn’t something you buy once and keep forever. Proper toothbrush replacement protocol requires that you change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Not changing your toothbrush could lead to improper cleaning of your teeth, gums, and mouth due to frayed bristles and accumulated germs over time. Brushing with braces can cause more wear and tear on the brush, obviously, but that issue can be alleviated with removable Invisalign.

How to Tell When to Change Your Toothbrush

How to tell when your toothbrush is nearing the end of its lifespan? Simply pay attention to the bristles. If they spew in multiple directions then it’s time to get a new brush. However, you shouldn’t necessarily wait that long. Some of the bristles start to fatigue even without being visible to the naked eye. When bristles wear down, they lose their effectiveness and they don’t clean as effectively. A lot of it depends on how heavy your hand is as well. The heavier your hand when brushing, the more quickly you need to change your brush. Many toothbrushes have a color-coded system that give you clear indication when the lifespan of the toothbrush is coming to an end.

How to Increase Lifespan of Brush

There are many ways to increase the lifespan of your toothbrush. Store your toothbrush upright to ensure that water drips off it. The drier the toothbrush, the less accumulation of moisture and thus fewer germs. Further, you can clean your toothbrush by soaking it in boiling water for a few seconds, or soaking it in your mouthwash. Finally, keep it out of the open in the bathroom to prevent germ accumulation. Recent studies show that germs are not necessarily as dangerous on a toothbrush as previously thought. However, it’s good to nonetheless follow proper hygiene by washing out the toothbrush thoroughly after use and storing it in a dry environment.

Scheduling Replacement

It’s a good idea to have a routine attached to changing your toothbrush. Assuming you arrange an appointment to see us every six months for a cleaning, you could change your toothbrush right after the visit, as well as midway between appointments.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

Tooth Brushing Mistake No. 9: Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry

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Tooth Brushing Mistake No. 9: Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry

Not all tooth brushing mistakes involve your brushing technique.  How you take care of your toothbrush also has a major impact on dental health. To help prevent the growth of bacteria on your toothbrush, it’s important to allow it to dry fully between uses.

How to Store Your Toothbrush

After each use, shake off your toothbrush to remove as much water as possible, then store the brush in an upright position and allow it to air dry. Avoid covering your toothbrush or storing it in a closed container, which keeps in moist and allows bacteria to grow. This means avoid putting a cap on your toothbrush after use or putting it away in a cabinet. If you find your toothbrush doesn’t dry out fast enough, try placing it in a toothbrush holder in a window sill where the sunlight can help it dry faster.

Why Dry Your Toothbrush?

A single toothbrush can host up to 1.2 million bacteria. Used toothbrushes can become home to many of the worst viruses and bacteria, including E. coli, flu virus, staph bacteria, strep virus, and yeast fungus. It’s entirely possible to make yourself sick by using a toothbrush covered with these germs.

The good news is that bacteria that cause gum disease are anaerobic, which means they thrive in moist areas and are killed by exposure to air. Simply allowing your toothbrush to dry completely can kill a large amount of the bacteria hiding in the bristles.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

Tooth brushing Mistake No.8: “Not Following Up With a Rinse”

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.8: “Not Following Up With a Rinse”

Many people see mouthwash as a quick breath freshener, and some people may even use it as a substitute for brushing. This is never a good idea because brushing is important to clean your teeth. Mouthwash can be used in between brushings, and it can and should be used after brushing and flossing. If you are tempted to skip rinsing after brushing, read on to see why you should take the time for a mouth rinse.

Food Particles

Brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque when both are done correctly, but the truth is that sometimes being in a hurry can prevent you from brushing and flossing properly. Following up with mouthwash can wash away food particles that may be left behind. Kids and adults who wear braces can benefit from mouthwash because it can loosen and wash away food particles that get caught between the wires and brackets. If you have Invisalign aligners, a retainer or if you wear removable dentures or partials, mouthwash can give your mouth a thoroughly clean feeling before you resume wearing your removable appliances.

Some mouth rinses contain fluoride and can be used in addition to fluoride toothpaste to provide extra protection for your tooth enamel. Mouthwash can also kill bacteria and reduce plaque and tartar. You should read mouthwash and mouth rinse labels carefully to learn what they contain and what oral hygiene benefits they have, such as killing bacteria or removing plaque.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

Tooth brushing Mistake No.7: “Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces”

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.7: “Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces”

Having braces, whether traditional brackets or invisalign, requires constant attention and care. When correcting dental irregularities, you may focus more on the equipment necessary to do the job and forget to continue routine maintenance for your teeth. One of the most common mistakes when caring for your teeth is skipping the inner tooth surfaces when brushing. When you begin to brush, you may find that you’re paying attention to your braces and forget to include all of the surfaces of your teeth, including the inner surfaces.

The Dangers of Plaque

Plaque doesn’t just happen where you can see it; in fact, most of the dangerous plaque on teeth is hidden in places that aren’t readily visible. It’s just as important to remove this plaque as it is to remove visible plaque or plaque that is in a highly visible spot in your mouth. Making a checklist of all of the places that you need to brush and using it will help to ensure that you don’t leave any out.

The Inner Surfaces

The lower inner surfaces tend to be under-brushed more often than any other place in your mouth. Alternate cleaning the inner surfaces of your teeth with every other surface to ensure thorough brushing. Just skimming the surfaces will not be sufficient; the inner surfaces need to be thoroughly cleaned.

Brushing the inner surfaces of your teeth will not just help to keep those teeth health. Plaque on the teeth that is left unattended could spread to other nearby teeth and eventually cause tooth decay. Plaque that exists on the inner tooth surfaces is less visible and much simpler to ignore until there is a larger problem to address. Taking special care of your teeth is not just important when you are having orthodonture work, with traditional braces or invisalign, performed. Caring for your teeth – all of the surfaces of your teeth, gums and even your tongue – will ensure that you have a healthy, happy smile for life.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

Tooth brushing Mistake No.6: “Starting in the Same Place Each Time”

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Tooth Brushing Mistake No.6: “Starting in the Same Place Each Time”

Are you experiencing sore gums? Are you paying attention as you are brushing your teeth? Sometimes things like brushing our teeth become rote. We think we know how to do it because it’s habit. But we all can get into negative habits and harm our teeth. If you weren’t taught to brush your teeth properly — or if you’ve simply developed some improper skills on your own — then you could be experiencing gum soreness and hurting your teeth in the end.

Notice Before You Brush

One of the big mistakes we all can make as we are brushing our teeth is to start in the same place every time. This often means that a certain side of your mouth gets more attention than the other — leading to tooth decay and gum problems.

Change Your Habits

One way to combat this is to practice starting in an unlikely spot.  If you normally put your toothbrush in your mouth and begin brushing in quick circular motions, not sawing motions, on the right side of your mouth, try the left side tomorrow.  If you usually start upper, try lower. Count as you are brushing to make sure every part of your part receives equal treatment.  By doing this, you are promoting your tooth’s health and helping to ensure all teeth get a sufficient cleaning at least twice a day.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

Tooth brushing Mistake No.5: “Not Brushing Correctly”

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.5: “Not Brushing Correctly”

After getting braces, one of the biggest challenges our patients face is learning how to brush properly. With Invisalign, some of the common problems that occur for tooth brushing with braces are eliminated since the aligners can be removed from the teeth. Here is the appropriate method for tooth brushing.

Brush After Every Meal and Snack

One of the greatest mistakes people make with their teeth is skipping tooth brushing. Those who eat away from home should make sure to carry a toothbrush and toothpaste along that can be used following each meal and snack.

Use a Gentle, Circular Motion

It is not necessary to use much pressure to remove food particles and tartar. Always use a light touch, and brush teeth with a small circular motion while ensuring that each part of the tooth surface is reached. This will help to cut down on tooth sensitivity while preserving the enamel.

Focus on Hitting Every Tooth

During tooth brushing, it is necessary to begin on one side of the mouth and slowly work your way to the other side. While doing so, focus on hitting the backs of the teeth because those are frequently missed.

Brush for at Least Two Minutes

When it comes to brushing your teeth with braces, the longer you spend brushing, the better. Many people rush through their toothbrushing routine and never fully remove all of the tartar. Aim to brush for at least two minutes. Singing the Happy Birthday song three times is one way to count down, or you can set a timer to ensure you reach your goal.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

Tooth Brushing Mistake No. 4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

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Tooth Brushing Mistake No. 4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

Moms like to encourage kids to brush their teeth frequently and to get them really clean. Research shows that brushing too often or too hard can harm teeth and gums. The action loses its effect when it continues over two minutes. After all, it is just a small area that is being cleaned.

Why Brushing Teeth is Important

 The primary reason for brushing teeth is to eliminate plaque. It is recommended:
  • no less than two and no more than three times each day.
  • before bedtime to minimize bacterial acids that attack teeth.
  • lightly for two minutes to avoid harming gums.
  • Keep the same brushing pattern every day. A proper, familiar routine becomes such a good habit that you will do a good job without having to think about it.

Choose Braces to Fit

What happens when your child’s teeth require braces? Parents frequently ask for advice about the styles available:

• Traditional metal made from stainless steel.
• Ceramic made from clear materials so they are less obvious on the teeth.
• Custom-shaped lingual that hide behind the teeth and are not seen during a smile.

Invisalign for Teens and Adults

Invisalign is one of the most exciting advancements for straightening teeth. It is:

• invisible.
• removable so patient can drink and eat without restrictions.
• comfortable so brushing and flossing is easier.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

Tooth Brushing Mistake No. 3: Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough

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There’s nothing more important for the care of teeth than regular brushing. In order to guarantee that your child’s teeth remain clean and healthy, you need to make sure that he or she brushes often and spends enough time at every brushing session.

Remember to Brush at Least Twice a Day!

Every parent should know that brushing is needed to prevent the formation on the teeth of tarter, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. Children should brush their teeth after breakfast and before bedtime. If possible, they should brush after every meal, especially after eating or drinking products that have high sugar content. However, it would be wise to delay brushing after consuming such products as fruit juices, which contain acids that can harm the tooth enamel when rubbed with a toothbrush.

Spend Enough Time Brushing!

Brushing twice a day will not be enough if children do not spend enough time with their toothbrushes. It takes at least two minutes to properly brush teeth. One way is to have children divide their mouths into four sections, the inner and outer areas of both the upper and lower teeth, and spending at least 30 seconds in each section. Extra time may be needed to brush areas around crowns, and be sure to spend some time brushing the tongue. Some electric toohbrushes come with timers, or you may use a stopwatch until your child gets the hang of brushing properly.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

 

Toothbrushing Mistake No.2: “Not Picking the Right Bristles“

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Why it is Important to Choose a Soft or Medium Strength Bristled Toothbrush

When anyone is shopping for a new toothbrush, it is vital to choose one with the correct type of bristles to remove debris located between their teeth. Brushing teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day is the most important way to prevent cavities and gingivitis. Selecting the correct toothbrush is particularly important for individuals wearing orthodontic devices, including lingual, ceramic or clear braces. Using a toothbrush with hard bristles can scratch the surfaces of ceramic orthodontic materials or break the wiring mechanisms of lingual devices.

Choose a Knowledgeable Orthodontist

While it may seem confusing to shop for a new toothbrush after beginning to wear invisible orthodontia or Invisalign aligners, an orthodontist will explain the process. Individuals wanting to wear invisible braces are often adults who understand the importance of taking care of the devices to avoid repairs. Today, children and teenagers also want to wear clear orthodontic materials that do not lead to embarrassment. A top-notch orthodontic facility has a team of professionals ready to help their patients understand how to care for orthodontia properly. When scheduling an appointment with an orthodontic facility, make sure to choose one that offers a full line of services.

Call Today to Schedule an Appointment

Patients visiting Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., receive a thorough examination to determine the best type of corrective orthodontics for their malocclusions. In addition, Dr. Stephan Tisseront instructs each patient how to care for their orthodontics properly. For individuals wearing Invisalign, a traditional toothbrush with medium or soft bristles is typically advised. However, for patients wearing invisible braces such as:

Harmony
Ceramic
Lingual

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

Tooth brushing Mistake No.1: “Not Using the Right Toothbrush”

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It has been said over and over again that the number one mistake when it comes to brushing teeth is that the right toothbrush isn’t being used. Individuals are instead opting for toothbrushes that are cheap and ineffective. However, when people do that, they are only ruining their pearly whites that they worked so hard to keep in good shape.

Why is it Important to Have the Right Toothbrush?

When you use the right toothbrush, you are truly able to maintain the proper oral hygiene. With the correct toothbrush, you are able to clean areas in your mouth that are hard to get to. This ultimately reduces the chances of plaque and cavities from developing on your teeth. Besides this, not using the right toothbrush can also have serious negative long-term effects on your teeth. For instance, if your teeth are poorly maintained, you are much more likely to experience tooth decay.

How Do You Pick the Right Toothbrush?

To get the right toothbrush, you have to think about the size of your mouth. If you feel that you are constantly straining to get your mouth open wide enough so that the brush can fit in, chances are the brush is too big. Other than this, you need a toothbrush that has a comfortable handle. Brushing your teeth should feel as natural as using a fork to eat. When you feel comfortable with the toothbrush in your hand and mouth, you will be more likely to not only use it, but use it properly.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200