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Thomas Capsey DMD April 2017 Newsletter
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Times You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush
There are going to be multiple times where you need to change your toothbrush since it isn't sanitary for you to use the same toothbrush all the time. Toothbrushes also become frayed and less effective at cleaning your teeth if you do not replace them frequently enough. Here are some of main reasons you should replace your toothbrush:

When Cold Sores Flare Up
If you tend to get chronic cold sores, then you want to keep a lot of extra toothbrushes on hand. When you get a new flare up, you should change to a new toothbrush. This helps you avoid repeated contact with the virus when it remains on old bristles or handles, which could cause another flare up.

When You Get Sick
If you are already sick, you probably will not become reinfected by your own germs on a toothbrush, but your toothbrush is still an environment prone to carrying those germs. If you store your toothbrush close to other toothbrushes, such as your family's, your germs may be able to transfer to their toothbrush. Replacing your toothbrush is one way you can help reduce the risk of other people in your home getting sick.

After Three Months
Even if you haven't been sick or had a cold sore, if you have hit the three-month mark, you need to change out your toothbrush. It's not a good idea to use them longer than that. They won't brush your teeth as effectively, which can hurt your dental health in the long-run.

Why You Don’t Treat a Toothache with Aspirin
When you have a toothache, the first thing you need to do is consult a dentist. However, until your appointment, it is important that you treat the pain. Using an over-the-counter pain reliever is a good idea, but be careful about how you use aspirin to treat a toothache.

If you look up treatments for tooth pain, you may see a recommendation to put crushed aspirin directly on the tooth, but using aspirin directly on a toothache can end up leaving you in more pain. If you were to do this, you may burn your gums due to the acidic ingredients in aspirin and cause more mouth pain. When using over-the-counter pain medication to treat tooth pain, be sure to use them as instructed.

A Gum Disease Self-Assessment
Are you concerned that you might have gum disease? Ask yourself the following questions as part of a simple self-assessment:

• Do your gums appear swollen and red?
• Do your gums tend to bleed when you brush or floss?
• Do your gums look uneven when you smile?
• If you press on your gums, is pus visible?
• Do you have new spaces between your teeth?
• Do you have chronic bad breath?
• Does your bite feel different?
• Are your teeth suddenly loose?
• Are the roots of your teeth suddenly sensitive to cold or hot temperatures?

We strive to provide you with the highest standard of Personalized Dental Care in a gentle, efficient and professional manner. We think you will find the atmosphere calming, the staff very friendly, and our dental care exceptional. If you have any quesitons please call or click the "Submit Question" link below.



Thomas Capsey DMD | www.capseydental.com | (541) 625-0065
1390 Oleander St # A, Medford, OR 97504



 

 

 
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