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When Should I replace my Toothbrush?

July 13, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-76765623We all know that tooth brushing is essential to properly care for our teeth and maintain good oral hygiene, but we may not be paying as much attention to how we care for our toothbrush. Studies have shown that improper care of toothbrushes can increase the likeliness of many oral health issues, but the same studies make toothbrush sanitation seem like an uphill battle. The main thing to remember is never keep your toothbrush for more than 4 months to avoid the most harmful bacterial contamination. If you want to know more about tooth brushing or toothbrush care and maintenance, call Giamberadino Dental Care of Medford, MA to schedule your dental hygiene appointment and general checkup today.

Other Not So Pleasant Toothbrush Truths

You use your toothbrush to clean your teeth twice a day and maybe you’d rather not think about it, but when’s the last time you cleaned your toothbrush? How about the last time you replaced your toothbrush? You may be feeling annoyed. What do dentists want from you? You brush, you floss, you visit them twice a year, and now you have to clean your toothbrush everyday too. In short, yes you really should clean your toothbrush after every use.

Your toothbrush removes bacteria and food particles from your teeth. Some of these particles become trapped in the bristles and can replicate. Overtime, it becomes increasingly likely that your toothbrush will further contaminate your teeth rather than cleaning them. Then, there’s the other things that can contaminate your toothbrush. Most people store their toothbrush in a bathroom where it’s regularly exposed to debris from perfumes, hairsprays, cleaning products, and the dreaded fecal matter from toilet bowl spray. Even more disturbing, toothbrushes are not required to be stored and sold in sterile packaging meaning your toothbrush may be contaminated the moment you buy it.

At the end of the day, the cleanliness of our toothbrushes should be treated with a reasonable amount of concern. Thoroughly rinsing your toothbrush before and after each use and storing the brush in an open, upright container is generally more than enough care to keep your toothbrush from causing illness. However, it never hurts to rinse the toothbrush with an antimicrobial mouthwash from time to time, or even run it through the dishwasher to ensure sanitation. It’s essential to remember that our bodies are swarming with bacteria and only a tiny percentage of those is harmful. Oral hygiene and cleaning will never remove all the bacteria from our mouths, but it may help us remove the harmful ones.

Toothbrush Tips from Skilled Dentist, Sommerville

Okay, so now you’re afraid to brush your teeth, but you still need to. Here are some helpful hints from Giamberadino Dental for toothbrush maintenance:

  • Replace your toothbrush regularly. We recommend 4 times a year, every 3 months.
  • Replace your toothbrush if you’re sick. When you’re sick more of the harmful bacteria may be populating your mouth. Using the same toothbrush after you feel better can lead to recontamination.
  • Don’t share your toothbrush with anyone. Your body is a delicate ecosystem and introducing another person’s bacteria to the ones your body is used to makes it more likely you may develop an illness and increases your chances of tooth decay.
  • Don’t store your toothbrush covered, lying down, or upside down. Storing the toothbrush upright allows the water to run from the bristles and dry out relatively quickly making it more difficult for bacteria to grow. Whereas storing a toothbrush in a container or lying on its side or upside down helps create a moist environment where bacteria flourish. Additionally, storing toothbrushes in a container can lead to mold growth as well as bacteria propagation.
  • Clean your toothbrush before and after use. Allowing the toothbrush to dry out between uses exposes bacteria to oxygen which kills them. Rinsing the toothbrush with warm water before and after use removes foreign matter that may have collected on the bristles between usage. If you’re concerned about contamination rinsing your tooth brush with antimicrobial mouthwash while you gargle can help kill bacteria on your brush as well.

There’s no way to clean all the bacteria and debris off of your toothbrush or out of your mouth, but maintaining good hygiene routines can help remove the majority of harmful bacteria. Remember that this care applies to mechanical toothbrushes as well as manual toothbrushes. If you want to invest in an electric toothbrush, find one that has removable heads that are easily replaced.

Call Your Dentist, 01890 to Find Out More

Dr. Giamberardino is a skilled general, restorative and cosmetic dentist in the Sommerville area. He can help you achieve and maintain the best possible dental health. Call to schedule your six month checkup today. Our Medford, MA practice invites patients from local communities like Somerville, Arlington, Cambridge, Winchester, and Melrose .

Medford general dentist, Anthony Giamberardino DMD, takes a 3-pronged approach to outstanding smiles.

May 20, 2015

Filed under: Preventive Dentistry — Giamberardino Dental Care @ 3:41 pm

Prevention, restoration and cosmetic smile makeovers provide patients of Medford general dentist Anthony Giamberardino with healthy, attractive and lasting smiles. Dental services include everything from check-ups to fillings to clear braces and implants.

teethNo 2 people are alike, nor are 2 smiles the same. Regarding every aspect of dental health, patients need personalized and informed care. Medford general dentist Anthony Giamberardino DMD tailors a smart, 3-pronged care plan to help patients achieve outstanding smiles. Prevention, restoration and cosmetics all play their parts.

Whether a young individual needs a routine check-up and cleaning or a middle adult wants to whiten her teeth to gain an advantage in the workplace, Dr. Giamberardino is the 01890 general dentist with the experienced technical and people skills to optimize teeth and gum health.

Prevention is key to a lasting smile.

The professional staff at Giamberardino Dental Care know that routine examinations and cleanings prevent cavities and gum disease and keep small issues from doing a lot of damage. In addition, a thorough check of the oral cavity gives the doctor a picture of the patient’s overall health, often revealing entrees for chronic conditions such as diabetes, vitamin and nutritional issues and heart disease.

So for his patients, Dr. Giamberardino recommends twice yearly check-ups and cleanings which include:

  • periodontal probing to detect gum disease
  • check for decay, including low radiation digital x-rays to detect interdental cavities and root/ bone structure issues
  • intraoral cameras to find hidden problems
  • quick and painless Velscope oral cancer examination
  • plaque and tartar removal
  • buffing and polishing of teeth

Dr. Giamberardino Provides Gentle and Effective Gum Disease Treatment in Medford, MA

February 24, 2015

78629542Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and the development of more serious health concerns. Periodontal disease (gum disease) can destroy the gums and bone that support your teeth. Gum disease has also been linked to other medical conditions, including: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and diabetes. Most patients don’t even realize they have gum disease until after the condition has advanced to the later, more dangerous stages. The only way to protect your health from the dangers of gum disease is to visit the dentist regularly for routine dental checkups and cleanings. If you already have gum disease, Dr. Giamberardino can develop a treatment plan to repair the damage and return your teeth and gums to optimal health. Make an appointment with Giamberardino Dental Care for the gum disease treatment you need today.  Dr. Giamberardino can fully restore the health of your gum tissue. Giamberardino Dental Care proudly protects the health of families daily throughout Medford, MA, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and the surrounding communities.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease begins when the bacteria in the plaque that is stuck on your teeth infects and inflames your gum tissue. Gingivitis is the mildest form of the disease. It causes your gums to turn red, swollen, and bleed after brushing. However, there is little to no discomfort at this stage. Gingivitis is reversible with professional dental cleanings and good oral hygiene. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance into periodontitis. With periodontitis, plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque further irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a defensive response in which your body begins to turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support your teeth are broken down and destroyed. If you have periodontitis, your gums will begin to separate from the teeth, forming deep pockets that in turn become infected. As the disease progresses, more and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed, eventually leading to tooth loss and the need for reconstructive gum surgeries.

Do You Have Gum Disease?

If you have been experiencing any combination of the following symptoms, you should make an immediate appointment for gum disease treatment:

  • Red, purple, swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loosened or separating teeth
  • Pus at the gum line
  • Mouth sores
  • Halitosis
  • A change in your bite
  • Suddenly ill fitting dentures

How Can Gum Disease Be Treated?

Dr. Giamberardino will start your treatment with a combination of scaling and root planing to carefully clean and disinfect the root surfaces of your teeth.  He will gently remove all plaque and tarter from your periodontal pockets and smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. If your gum disease is not too far advanced, scaling and root planing is often all that’s needed to stop and repair the damage. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance and gum disease therapy to sustain their oral health.

Medford Gum Disease Treatment

If you suspect that you need gum disease treatment, make an appointment with Giamberardino Dental Care today.  Dr. Giamberardino is an experienced restorative dentist. Giamberardino Dental Care delivers quality care daily throughout Medford, MA, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and the surrounding communities.

Preventive Dentistry 101: The Importance of Dental Checkups

January 10, 2015

159289454Do you take your dental health seriously? Many patients choose to skip their regular dental checkups because they don’t have any pain or discomfort in their teeth. This causes them to only see a dentist for dental emergencies. However, this is a risky and costly approach to dental care. Making a commitment to good dental health means that you take your preventive dentistry appointments seriously by keeping them. A typical dental checkup and dental cleaning appointment is quick and easy.  Dr. Giamberardino will carefully and gently inspect the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums, looking for any signs of gum disease, loose or broken teeth, or damaged tooth fillings or decay. He will also examine your head and neck, your bite, and the movement of your jaw. Your teeth will then be thoroughly cleaned, polished, and flossed, leaving them fresh and sparkling. Skipping these preventive dentistry appointments will only put you at greater risk for more invasive and costly procedures in the future. To avoid this all too common pitfall, make an appointment with Giamberardino Dental Care for your preventive dentistry checkup today.  Dr. Giamberardino is a trusted family dentist, now proudly serving patients throughout Medford, MA, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and the surrounding communities.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is proactive dental care. Dr. Giamberardino can stop dental problems before they start.  Your teeth will be checked for early signs of decay, faulty fillings, cracks, and wear. The gums will be checked for signs of gum disease, and your bones, cheeks, tongue, palate and other parts of the mouth and face will also be examined for any unusual swellings or surface changes.

Why Is Preventive Dentistry So Important?

The benefits of maintaining your smile are plenty. Healthy teeth will boost your confidence and improve your overall health and well-being. A regular preventive dentistry check-up allows Dr. Giamberardino to keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated only makes them more difficult to treat in the future, so it’s best to deal with them early, or prevent them altogether. Bacteria from untreated gum disease can actually spread infection to other parts of your body. Some non-dental conditions have symptoms that appear in the mouth early on. A regular preventive dentistry examination can reveal signs of vitamin insufficiencies, osteoporosis, and more serious conditions such as diabetes and oral cancer. Regular dental checkups are also good for your pocketbook too. Identifying and treating minor problems like dental cavities early on, can spare you the time and expense of more complicated restorative dentistry procedures such as a tooth extractions and root canal therapy in the future.

Medford Preventive Dentistry Appointments for the Whole Family

Be proactive with your dental health. Make an appointment with Giamberardino Dental Care for your preventive dentistry needs today.  Giamberardino Dental Care can help you fight off costly dental problems. Dr. Giamberardino is a trusted family dentist, conveniently located in the heart of Medford, MA, proudly serving patients throughout Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and nearby areas.