About Your Toothbrush
About Your Toothbrush
Tariq Drabu has advised that your toothbrush could be trying to warn you on your oral health. Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon. He is also the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice in Middleton where he caters to private and NHS patients on a daily basis.
This top dentist has advised that many patients don't realise that their toothbrush has more of a story to tell than they realise and seeing the signs and knowing what to look for can help patients improve their oral heath now and moving forward.
Blood on your toothbrush
One of the biggest concerns you should have is noticing blood on your toothbrush after brushing. Tariq Drabu advised that gum disease is a very serious concern for anyone and gingivitis, which is the milder form of gum disease often shows bleeding during brushing. This means that your toothbrush may show signs of blood.
If you do notice blood, seek dental treatment and ensure you brush twice a day, stay away from sugared foods and drinks and use dental floss to get into those hard to reach places between the teeth.
Toothbrush an odd colour
Have you just brushed your teeth and your toothbrush has come up green, dark brown or even caramel colour? Tariq Drabu advised that your toothbrush can pick up food particles left behind after eating, but colour often is a sign of sugars which have attached to the teeth. Green may be a sweet you have just eaten, while dark brown could be chocolate of some kind and caramel colour could be tea or coffee residue. This is a sign that it may be time to cut back a bit.
If your toothbrush is looking tired, then it is definitely asking you to replace it. Tariq Drabu advised that over time it is common for the toothbrush to wear. If you ignore the worn bristles, then you will find that you are just rubbing the plaque and bacteria around the teeth and not removing it. Worn bristles means replacement.
At the same time, if you notice the bristles are wearing on your toothbrush within a matter of weeks rather than months, you may want to ease up on how hard you are brushing.
Your toothbrush smells bad
A very serious concern, according to Tariq Drabu, is a toothbrush that smells. This can be caused by a host of issues, including bacteria. Make sure you clean your toothbrush after and before every use.
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