Staying up on your health habits can be challenging, especially with the busy lives that we lead. One of the simplest ways to stay healthy is to take care of your mouth and gums. And the easiest way to do that….is by brushing your teeth regularly.

We all know since we are kids that brushing one’s teeth is vital to the overall health of the body. But did you know that oral health can be a strong statement towards overall health?

This study proves that the condition of the mouth has a direct effect on the state of the body.

Keeping your toothbrush clean and bacteria free is essential to keeping your body in tip-top shape. Over time, toothbrush bristles lose strength and become ineffective. To keep your mouth clean, make sure to be changing your toothbrush every three months, or depending on your brushing technique, replace when the bristles begin to fray. Micro-organisms in the environment can cling to the bristles and end up in your body. With regular washing and replacement, one can avoid these bacteria.

Also, if you have been sick recently, be sure to either replace or sterilize your toothbrush with hot water.

Using a fresh toothbrush can help prevent canker sores in the mouth. Many people do not realize the seriousness of canker sores, so below, we have a brief explanation.

What are canker sores?

Canker sores are the most common type of mouth ulcer. A canker sore is not contagious but can reemerge on the inside of the lip or cheek multiple times a year. They are usually white in the center and surrounding by inflamed soft tissue. Fortunately any significant pain from the sore subside within a week and it heals in the two weeks following.

Why do we get canker sores?

Canker sores can be caused by many factors which include food sensitivities, toothpaste that contains sodium lauryl sulfate, and most commonly a minor injury to your mouth from something like dental work or playing sports. If multiple canker sores appear for extended periods of time, visit your dental practice to have your mouth checked.

Home Remedies for Canker Sores

It is recommended a patient suffering from painful canker sores see a medical professional for treatment, however there are several home remedies to help rid these painful sores. A simple technique we recommend it to soak a bag of chamomile tea in water for a few minutes and then let the bag of tea sit on the ulcer within your mouth. Chamomile contains levomenol, a chemical that has been shown to decrease inflammation and act as an antiseptic. This method will help reduce inflammation pain and hopefully contribute to the natural healing process.

By keeping your toothbrush clean, you will keep your mouth clean, and prevent any bacteria from infecting cuts or canker sores developing. So if you can take away one thing from this post it should be this: Stay on top of your oral and overall health by rinsing your toothbrush before you use it, and replacing it every three to four months.


Southern Dental is an office specializing in Westbank restorative dentistry in Marrero, Louisiana. We offer services to Marrero, Harvey, Estelle, New Orleans, and other towns on the Westbank.