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Maintaining dental care products at home
Updated: 9/23/2013 2:30:05 PM
 

To optimize the results of oral care at home, it is crucial that an individual pays attention to the equipment he or she uses for oral health maintenance.

When practicing oral hygiene, it is important to stick to a routine. It is more likely that those who form healthy habits will wind up taking better care of their teeth. To optimize the results, it is crucial that an individual pays attention to the equipment he or she uses for oral health maintenance.

The Pennsylvania Dental Association recently released a statement providing information about healthcare products, including how long people should use certain items. 

Knowing the shelf life of products
In order for dental care products to be most effective, people must be able to know when the tools have run their course. Even the most strictly-adhered-to routine will fall short if the equipment is not up to par.

It is important that toothbrushes be replaced every three months and just after an individual experiences a cold or the flu. For people who prefer mechanical or rechargeable toothbrushes, the longest a removable head should be used is also three months, before being replaced. These kinds of brushes have a motor that wanes in potency over time, and it would be wise to replace the power source every two or three years. As advanced technology becomes available, people may choose to upgrade even more often.

For patients who like to buy toothpaste in bulk, it is critical to take note of the expiration dates. After these dates, the toothpaste loses effectiveness. Products such as dental floss and interdental picks should be used just once and disposed of afterward. The Pennsylvania Dental Association recommends that consumers look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal, a registered certification mark, is attached to products that meet ADA guidelines and standards after a series of tests. 

Where to store the products
It is sensible to store oral care products in a cabinet or vanity that can close. If this is not viable, then keeping them five feet from the toilet will prohibit the possibility of contaminating them from a flushing toilet. Making sure that products stay dry between uses is essential, for it reduces the risk of bacterial contamination. 

Following these guidelines will allow patients to keep their oral health in prime condition. The Pennsylvania Dental Association suggests that patients who have any questions regarding oral hygiene routines and dental health products consult their dentist. 

For people who want to keep their teeth in the best condition, it is prudent to schedule regular appointments with their dentists. For those with no dental insurance, it may benefit them to look into alternative options like discount dental plans, which are affordable and customized payment plans designed by the customer.

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