Why is it important to keep your toothbrush clean and free of microbes? When anyone brushes their teeth, the microbes and bacteria that were in the mouth accumulate on the bristles’ surfaces. If left untreated, the total number can multiply 20x per hour causing a person to re-introduce potentially infectious bacteria back into their system. If there are several family members that have toothbrushes stationed next to each other and/or other bacteria laden surfaces nearby (ex: toilet or sink) there will inevitably be a transmission of foreign bacteria to each person’s brush – not ideal for your precious immune system.
Why are all Doctor Plotka's brushes SOFT? Medium and hard bristles can dramatically damage your gum, lead to permanent gum recession, and weaken your teeth enamel. Since our bristles are polyester rather than traditional nylon, they do have a firmness that keeps the bristles from bending in order to more effectively break up plaque. The great thing about these bristles is that you can brush more gently than the average brush and yield better results! Follow your brushing session with flossing and mouth rinse.
Why do my gums feel irritated? When you begin a new dental routine, especially one that includes removing plaque, flossing and rinsing, you may have some initial discomfort. As your gums heal in the absence of plaque and bacteria, your gums will become less inflamed and maintain a healthy elasticity. Remember to always brush gently. If sensation does not subside, discontinue use and see your dental professional.
How is dental hygiene and overall health connected? Good health starts in the mouth. What this statement refers to is “oral systemic health” which is the connection between oral health and overall health. Countless studies have demonstrated a link between poor oral health and systemic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and even pregnancy complications. The presence of plaque and bacteria in the mouth can cause inflammation of the gums which has been linked to contributing to high blood pressure and restriction of certain arteries and vessles. These symptoms can lead to heart attack and other cardio vascular complications.