Let's be honest. How long has it been since you changed your toothbrush or disinfected it? As summer is soon coming to a close and September is approaching, many of us are becoming filled with promises of becoming healthier and happier people. In most cases this involves shedding unwanted weight through exercise and diet but why don’t we start the season off by giving the health of your mouth a fresh start!
Streptococci, staphylococci and treponema denticola are just a few names of the different bacteria that exist in the average mouth every day. It is estimated that most people’s mouths have millions of these organisms thriving on the surfaces of the teeth. Having an abundance of bacteria is the main contributor to tooth decay and gum disease, so protecting your environment from these harmful bacterium is one way to promote oral health.
“Viruses and bacteria from an infected person’s mouth can live for weeks on a toothbrush surface, and continue to cause illness", says Cooper, a clinical associate professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. "Even normal, healthy microorganisms can cause infections, especially if they enter your gum tissue due to an injury, a break, or an
oral ulcer", she adds. "Toothbrushes don’t have to be sold in sterile packaging, so they may have bacteria right out of the box", says the American Dental Association’s official
statement on toothbrush care.
By following these 5 simple steps you are on your way to living a healthier life. Live well
and be happy!
Here are the 3 things that you will need to deep clean your toothbrush: water, vinegar and baking soda.
Vinegar and baking soda are both effective disinfectants and, in addition to
disinfecting your toothbrushes, can be used throughout your home as an
alternative to toxic commercial household cleaners.
Corinne Strohman has been working in the health care field for over 25 years in nursing homes and hospitals. Her goal is to provide personalized care tailored to each clients individual needs and choices. Many individuals are looking for natural products and concerned about their health and the environment.
Her dental clinic is dedicated to help reduce the effects on our environment by offering choices of products made from natural ingredients and through eliminating waste and harmful products to the environment by using recycled materials in paper and envelops, paperless dental hygiene software, reusable materials that can be sterilized or laundered are just to name a few.