TIME TO TOSS

Are you part of the 25% of people that replace their toothbrush every 3 months? Congratulations if you are!!  But if not why not start today!  Go ahead, go to the bathroom, grab that old and familiar faded and frayed bristled brush and TOSS IT OUT!  Okay a little dramatic but really it is important to your Happy & Healthy Smile!

Those frayed bristles can not only damage your gums, but they don’t clean as well as they should.  New bristles are rounded so they do not scrape our gums or the enamel on our teeth.  but as we use our brushes, just from normal wear & tear, the bristle tips wear and become jagged and uneven.  This is when they can begin to scrape and do the damage.   

So, there is potential for damage but obviously they don’t clean as well either.    Grab your brush, take a quick look!  Are your bristles going every direction but straight up?  If so, it is TIME to toss!  Those bent and frayed bristles cannot get between your teeth and up against your gums where all the plaque is thus leaving it behind…doing its dirty work…starting tooth decay and gum disease.

Time for one more reason?  GERMS – BACTERIA – FUNGUS   Now these three words should get your attention and should propel you into action!  Toothbrushes are a breeding ground!  Below we have included a great article about your toothbrush, bacteria and what you can do to win the battle!  Replacing your brush every 3 months is one major step!  With other steps in the interval that can also help keep your brush clean.   

NEWS FLASH – Get a new brush after having the flu, a cold or sore throat!  Don’t re-infect yourself!! Those germs can still be hanging on and around!

Our desire here at McGlone Dental Care encourage you!  It is NEVER to late to start a good dental routine!  It’s a New Year of Happy & Healthy Smiles! Schedule your appointment with us today. We would love to be a part of your journey!

*Information from Colgate.com

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/ada-03-toothbrush-care

 

The Great DISRUPTER! Who would have thought!

Flossing is the great disrupter!   In the removal of plaque from your teeth there is no better way!  According to the ADA, cleaners that can be used between teeth, such as floss, are extremely important to the health of your gums and teeth.

By flossing twice a day, everyday, you are removing food particles that cannot be reached with your toothbrush no matter how long or hard your brush!  These left-over food particles can and will cause plaque build up in between your teeth!

Plaque? What’s plaque? Plaque is a sticky substance made of food particles and spit that can build up on and between your teeth in between brushings. Plaque build up can be a major problem because there are approximately 500 different bacteria, some good and some not so good, that are mixed in!   Plaque is a major contributor to tooth decay and gum disease! 

Schedule your appointment TODAY and McGlone Dental Care will be glad to show you the correct way to floss and answer any questions that you might have!  

It’s never too late to begin a “Flossing Routine” Twice a Day, Everyday! 

You can check out the article by clicking below.

*https://www.toothwisdom.org/a-z/article/flossing-tips-for-caregivers/

*Information provided by the American Dental Association (A.D.A.)

Sit, stay, brush: Golden retriever helps teach kids oral hygiene habits in Kentucky

Bowling Green, Ky.— A dentist and community educator, Dr. Matthew Riley knows elementary school students aren’t usually captivated by spiels on oral hygiene.

That’s why he brings his affable partner, a three-year-old golden retriever named Bennett, who helps the message sink in.

For the past year or so, Dr. Riley and Bennett have been making the rounds to grade schools in the south-central parts of Kentucky where he lives and works. There, the two teach children about oral hygiene techniques. The highlight of the show occurs when Dr. Riley brushes Bennett’s teeth.

“He behaves so well and is so inviting to kids,” Dr. Riley said. “I get dog-specific toothpaste. It’s a way to make oral health and oral hygiene interesting and fun.”

Dr. Riley adopted Bennett while he was still in dental school at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. On snow days, he found time to train the well-behaved boy, which has made the pup a trustworthy – and, yes, adorable – companion for the school programs. Bennett is close to receiving his certification as a therapy dog, Dr. Riley said, and in addition to the school programs also visits the assisted living facility where his mother works and makes regular appearances in Dr. Riley’s dental office.

An associate in Briarwood Dental in Bowling Green, Dr. Riley said he brings Bennett with him to the office when he knows a young patient with a big treatment plan could use the extra comfort (and after he gets permission from the children’s parents or guardians.)

“We have a special harness I put him in, and then he knows he’s going somewhere fun,” Dr. Riley said. “He loves the attention.”

Dr. Riley, who entered private practice right after graduating from dental school in 2016, said visiting classrooms is one way to contribute to community health. He also serves as dental director for his local public health department.

Dr. Riley said he knows the K9 assistance is a little unorthodox, but he thinks having Bennett is a way to make the oral health lessons engaging. Often after visiting a school, Dr. Riley said he hears from parents of students who were eager to brush their teeth that night, citing Bennett’s endorsement.

“It’s hard to teach kids oral health,” he said. “Here you have something that’s fun and exciting that they can remember.”

The effort has drawn attention of media, which featured him on one of his school visits on the local TV news, which was picked up by CNN. The clip has been featured on local news channels throughout the country since then.

The media attention has made Bennett, and Dr. Riley, even more popular in southern Kentucky. Dr. Riley said he’s been getting more and more requests from schools to visit. Dr. Riley said he’s happy to take the requests and will fit in all the visits he can on his days off from practice.

“This allows me to get to those kids I might not otherwise see,” he said.

Provided by ADA News – https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2018-archive/may/sit-stay-brush-golden-retriever-helps-teach-kids