If you ask someone when's the last time they changed their toothbrush and they say, "ummm"? It's been too long. Well, there you have it folks! One of the many tidbits of conventional wisdom heard within dental practice. It's hardly the likes of Plato, but rings true just the same. Throughout the day to day hustle and bustle, it's easy to forget such little things. So, as dental assistants and hygienists we periodically remind or ask patients this question. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing our toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, sooner if the bristles have become frayed, and immediately after overcoming a cold, flu, oral infection, or sore throat. According to Colgate: Oral Health & Resource Center , "studies have shown that after 3 months of normal wear and tear, toothbrushes are much less effective at removing plaque." Toothbrush bristles wear down over time, and unable to reach into the nooks and crevices around our te
T.K.O. Sometimes means tooth knock out! Oral injuries are common during sports activities. A properly fitted mouth guard significantly reduces the risk of oral trauma, but accidents can still occur -- such as an "avulsed" tooth. An avulsed tooth is one that has been knocked out of the socket. If this occurs it is important to get to the dentist as quickly as possible. The odds of saving a tooth are highest in young children, but adult teeth can be saved as well. Only permanent teeth should be re-implanted. It is also important to avoid damaging the tooth even more. Rinse the tooth off with water or milk, and keep the tooth moist! A tooth that has been knocked out starts to die within 15 minutes. To preserve the tooth until you're able to reach the dentist; put the the tooth in milk or carefully place it back into the socket and hold it in your mouth. Either method will help the tooth survive longer.