June 12, 2018
In your quest for improved oral health, one of your goals is to make sure that you’re using your dental hygiene products correctly. Do they expire? If so, can they harm you, if outdated? Your dentist in Anaheim will answer these and other questions as you read on, so that you can prevent oral problems and enjoy the maximum benefits of your hygienic practices.
When it comes to your toothpaste, you should be sure to use it within two years of the manufacture date. If you make a mistake and use an outdated supply, don’t worry; it doesn’t cause any adverse physical effects. You won’t get the same cleaning capacity as a fresher pack, though. This is due to the fact that the fluoride begins to fade after a certain amount of time.
Your supply of floss is just as important as your toothpaste, given that this form of hygiene is necessary to clean the remaining 40 percent of the surface of your teeth that brushing can’t address. One of the perks about floss is that its effectiveness in long-lasting. However, the mint flavored flosses will lose their flavor after a year.
The toothbrush is the cornerstone of your oral hygiene routine; thus, it’s important to use a clean one. Over time, bacteria begin to collect between the bristles and then sully the oral cavity that they’re supposed to help keep clean.
To prevent this from happening, be sure to discard your current one every 60 to 90 days. If, however, you are ill before that period transpires, you should throw away your toothbrush for a new one, immediately. Using the same one could possibly re-infect you.
One of the more convenient ways to enhance your oral hygiene is by rinsing with a mouthwash. It helps to flush away bacteria and leftover food particles and to freshen your breath.
You can use it up to two to three years beyond the manufacturer’s date. After this point, the antiseptic begins to dissolve. This leaves a watery and ineffective mouthwash.
If you find yourself unsure about the expiration date of a product you’re using, just toss it and get a new supply. The key is to be sure to use it.
For more helpful tips and to receive a full checkup and cleaning, be sure to contact your Anaheim dentist to schedule an appointment.
About the Author
Dr. Saeid Mohtashami earned his dental degree from the USC School of Dentistry and has been caring for patients for two decades. Additionally, he has received extensive training from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Along with providing care for his patients, Dr. Mohtashami teaches and lectures about the techniques related to modern dentistry. He practices at Hillsview Dental Care and can be reached for more information through his website.
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