Just as Robert A. Horowitz, DDS, and dentists everywhere take action against oral infection in our clinics, there are things you can do at home to prevent contracting oral infections. Beyond the basics of brushing and flossing, here are some tips to consider putting into practice:
Wash Your Hands: Since your hands are one of the most common methods of transport for germs which can then have direct or indirect contact with your mouth, it’s incredibly useful to wash your hands often.
Use Mouthwash: Rinse out your mouth with mouthwash after brushing your teeth. This will help abolish further bacteria in the mouth.
Clean Dental Devices: If you wear a mouth guard, retainer, dentures or another removable dental device, rinse it with cool water and brush it with toothpaste at least once a day or after each use.
Keep Your Toilet Lid Closed While Flushing: As you flush, little droplets of water from your toilet can spray up to eight feet – even landing on your toothbrush. What’s the solution? It’s not to hide your toothbrush. Your toothbrush needs the open air to dry out after use and to avoid being a cesspool of bacteria. Not to mention your other items in your bathroom don’t need the germs either. Instead, close the toilet lid while you flush.
Replace Your Toothbrush: It’s important to exchange your old toothbrush for a new one every three or four months. If you have chronic gum disease, accelerate the pattern to every four to six weeks.
If you have any concerns whatsoever, don’t hesitate to contact our office in Scarsdale, New York at 914-723-3366 or talk to Dr. Robert Horowitz at your next dental appointment.