Did you know that your toothbrush can actually say a lot about your oral health and, more specifically, about your brushing habits? At Azarko Dental Group, an Edmonton dental clinic, we love sharing tips and tricks that we feel can help our patients take better care of their oral health. By taking a close look at your toothbrush, you may be able to find out how your oral health is doing and whether or not it's time to see an Edmonton dentist.
Here are four signs that your toothbrush has something to tell you.
- Worn bristles
If your toothbrush has worn and splayed-out bristles, then the main message it is trying to tell you is that it's time to toss it away and get a new one. You should be changing your toothbrush roughly every three months. If you're finding that your bristles always seem to wear out well before three months are up, then you are likely brushing too hard. Brushing too hard can actually damage your gums and your tooth enamel, so try to use a gentler touch.
- Traces of blood
Another sign that you may be brushing too hard is if you notice traces of blood on your toothbrush while brushing your teeth. However, blood on your toothbrush might also be a sign that you have or are developing gingivitis. Other signs of gingivitis include swollen, tender, and bright red gums. It's always best to visit an Edmonton dental clinic if you think you might have gingivitis.
- Strange colours
You might notice strange colours on your toothbrush after brushing if you've been indulging in sugary snacks a bit too often. Sugar and candy residue can linger on your teeth long after eating, contributing to gingivitis and cavities. Try to cut back on the candy, and consider either having a drink of water or rinsing your mouth after eating some.
- Unpleasant odours
Unpleasant odours often mean that there is a problem with the way that you are storing your toothbrush, allowing bacteria to proliferate. Your toothbrush should be stored upright and allowed to air dry. If you must use a toothbrush cover, then make sure it has many holes for good ventilation.
Is Your Toothbrush Telling You to See an Edmonton Dentist?
If your toothbrush is displaying any of the signs above, then you should definitely bring it up at your next appointment with your Edmonton dentist. Try to make an appointment sooner rather than later if any of these signs are also accompanied by tooth pain or by severe gum bleeding and swelling.
At Azarko Dental Group we can help you figure out what's going on and how you can improve your brushing habits for optimum oral health. We have two conveniently located dental clinics in Edmonton, so don't hesitate to contact us at the one nearest you.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8
969 James Mowatt Trail SW
Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4