Everything around us is communication. Even inanimate things, such as a simple toothbrush, can communicate important things to us if we give them proper attention. And some of them can influence our health.
Blood traces on the towel and in the sink
Traces of blood on the towel and in the sink are usually the first signs of gingivitis. “If the gums are swollen, red and bleed easily to the touch, you have gingivitis, which is the initial, fortunately reversible, stage of periodontitis. Blood contains bacterial defense cells, and the body sends it where they are present: to dental areas with bacterial plaque or food debris that leads to bacterial growth, that is, near the gum, “explains the orthodontist.
What to do: The area should be cleaned better and in no case avoided by brushing, as this will encourage the accumulation of even more bacterial plaque, and the bleeding will be even greater. The golden rule: we run until we bleed again.
This is a sign that the brush is already very old and does not fulfill its role properly, being the time to replace it.
What to do : It’s time for a new toothbrush, preferably also with colored bristles, to indicate the degree of wear. A calendar reminder can be useful to change it in 2-3 months.
Peri tilted, scattered
Even if the brush is almost nine, if it has a near-horizontal brush, it means that the brushing is too aggressive, and the enamel will cure and the gum will retract.
What to do : “In this case, there are two options: either changing the brush technique or using a power brush with a pressure sensor that warns you to sound or light or even stops if the pressure is too high and we risk running the roots and to choose with dental sensitivity, “says Dr. Mihaela Dan.
If the toothbrush has an unpleasant smell
Toothbrushes can be a breeding base for bacteria, and studies have revealed that their brushes can contain harmful microorganisms such as Streptococcus mutans (which can cause dental caries) and Candida albicans (a fungus that can cause fungal infection) . “The fears of bacteria present in the bathroom cause many people to cover their toothbrushes, but the plastic caps keep the brushes more damp and therefore the germs are multiplying rapidly, favoring the appearance of the odor,” the orthodontist explains.
What to do : “First, replace the toothbrush immediately and stop using the cap. After use, the toothbrush should be cleaned, shaken and left to dry in the open, “the doctor recommends.
So, the toothbrush is a tool that helps us keep our teeth healthy and have a clean, bright smile as long as we use it as much as we can.
Dr. Mihaela Dan, a specialist in orthodontics and dental-facial orthopedics, graduated 18 years ago the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” in Bucharest, Faculty of Dentistry, completing her studies with a 3 years of orthodontic specialization and dental-facial orthopedics. The desire for continuous personal development led to constant participation in specialized courses in the country and abroad, as well as the establishment of ORTO-IMPLANT EXPERT Clinic.