Controlling the Risk of Oral Infection in the Home

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Just as our team at Jamie P. Choi, DDS has to be aware of and control the chance of oral infection, there are things you can do at home to decrease your chances of disease of the mouth, teeth and gums. Beyond the basics of brushing and flossing, here are some tips to consider:

Wash Your Hands: Your mom and teachers growing up probably told you to wash your hands often. Since your hands are one of the most common vehicles of germs, whether for the mouth or other parts of the body, it’s important to wash your hands often.

Use Mouthwash: Rinse out your mouth after brushing your teeth. This will do more to eliminate bacteria in your mouth.

Clean Your Dental Devices: If you have a mouth guard, night guard, retainer, dentures or another removable dental device, rinse it with cool water after each use and brush it with toothpaste to clean it well.

Keep Your Toilet Lid Closed While Flushing: Did you know that when you flush, little microscopic droplets of water from your toilet can spray up to eight feet above the toilet? This can even land on your toothbrush. That’s why it’s helpful to close the lid when you flush.

Replace Your Toothbrush: You’ll want to replace your toothbrush every three or four months. If you’ve been sick, replace it sooner. If you have gum disease, please change it out every month or so as your gums are more vulnerable to bacteria.

If you have any questions or concerns about preventing infection in your home, you can always contact our office in San Jose, California at 408-973-8500 or talk to Dr. Jamie Choi at your next dental appointment.