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 A Question About Braces?
Im getting braces in 15 days, and i was wondering how long it will take to get them. I'm only getting my top teeth, though. Also, can someone explain what the metal thing that goes around the ...

 if some braces fell off from my teeth, will it mess up the process?
i havne't called my orthodontist to tell him this, cause im afraid he will get mad, but i have had my braces like this like for a month!:S:S:S:S wil it mess up the process!?...

 When I brush my teeth in the morning, I throw up....?
I have noticed that I have a sensitive gag reflex (at least that's what I think it is). Many mornings when I brush my teeth I gag and eventually throw up. Is this normal? What can I do for ...

 how much do the tooth ffairy leave these days?
my neice is staying the night with me and her tooth has just fallen out how much under the ...

 What color Braces should I get on Wednesday?
I already have braces. I shouldn't have them on fofr much longer. I might be gettign them off on Wed. or the next time after that. Right now I have Lime Green and Purple. I've had: Hot P...

 Could you tell me if i need braces?
I have an overbite and over lapping tooth do you think i could do with braces
please give me your opinion
thanks ! ...

 who puts on braces????
a dentist or an orthodontist or who i have know idea
Additional Details
i don't know whats up with all the thumbs ...

 Do I look bad with braces?? (Picture Inside)?
I got braces about three weeks ago and I HATE THEM!! SO I was just wondering what you guys thought about me with braces do I look okay with them?? and BTW I have not had time to take a picture so I ...

 My 9 year old sister won't brush her teeth no matter what my mom and I do! (More details inside)?
About one month ago I asked this question and tried the answerer's responses and it STILL didn't work. So I am asking this again...

OK so my 9 year old sister doesn't brush ...

 Is there gum you can chew with braces on?
I'm getting braces on in the spring of 2010 and i am addicted to gum! Now i was wondering if there was gum you can chew while you have braces on? If there is will you put up the brand name and ...

 I had a filling in my tooth yesturday and i still can't eat on the side of my mouth i had the filling.?
Is this normal? My tooth did not hurt before i had the filling....

 Hate how dentist makes small talk while I'm on the chair.?
Okay, I am going to the dentist in about an hour and I had to have this particular one because the man I prefer is booked out. This dentist however makes a lot of small talk, asking me about college ...

 Does getting your wisdom teeth removed hurt?
Ok so im 14 and im getting my wisdom teeth out. they aren't coming in yet but if they do, they will mess up my teeth (i just recently got my braces off)
so i was just wondering if it will ...

 does coke eat away your teeth?

 I have bad & crooked teeth, who do I see first?
Should I see the orthodontist first or the dentist first?
My teeth are in bad condition and they're also crooked, havent seen a dentist in 10years
I thought I'll confront my ...

 if you break your teeth will it grow back or can they fix it?
My brother was running and broke 3 of his top front teeth. Its not completly broken but part of it came off. Can the dentist fix them? How much will it cost? i need to know pleasee help....

 I'm 18 and getting braces for the first time. What color should I get?
I'm extremely depressed since I'm getting braces at 18. Anyone else in the same boat? I don't know how to cheer myself up, although I'm grateful I'm getting my teeth straight....

 OMG, braces AND palate expander?? Ahhh!?
Yesterday, I got picked up outta school and had Damon braces put on and a plate expander put in the roof of my mouth, at the same time.
It. is. driving. me. CRAZY!
I can't say my "...

 How was your wisdom teeth removal experience?
I have to have my wisdom teeth out next week and kinda nervous! Any tips? suggestions? little comfort?...

 do wisdom teeth coming in means you're getting smarter?

How often are you supposed to get a new toothbrush?
I saw an article on Yahoo! a few months back that said you should replace your toothbrush way more often than we think, like every month or two months or something. Does anyone remember the exact amount of time, or what do you think?

The article also said something about microwaving your toothbrush once a week, something to do with germs...but there was also a process that went with microwaving it, how long it was supposed to be in for and if it was supposed to be covered or not. Does anyone remember this article or do you do anything similar to this? Thanks for your answers in advance! :)

Peace Love Jonas 4 life
A normal person changes there tooth brush every two weeks.

Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 6 months, so 2 times every year.

You're supposed to replace it every month.
Of course nobody does, so two or three months max is the norm.

just buy a pack and go one a week

every 90 days

spunky rabbit
sounds like it would be easier to just get dentures

My dentist told me to replace mine every 5-6 months or when the bristles start fraying.

Don't microwave your toothbrush, that will most likely just melt the plastic. Better to just spend the few bucks for a new one :)

Or, if you go to a dental check-up, they'll give you a new one for free :)

i do it everii 3 months
plus if yuh live in ny
roaches do eat off your
toothbrush so cover em
at night, they dont leave
trails but to imagine there
hairy legs on em && there
mouths. get a new troothbrush
when ev the bristoles are
a bit messed up &&
it starts to tint slightly
toothbrushes are hard
to clean && ALWAYS
carry viruses on them
no matter how much you
wash em. change your tooth
brush after every cold && illness
you get. && keep at the most for
4 months :D

Every two months I would think.. Never heard the microwave solution before...

Daneosaurs Rex
Well I change mine every month or two

I would say every three months.

Hannah C
When your toothbrush looses its firnmess and the bristles begin to get flat.

you are supposed to get a new toothbrush every three month but most likely it depends some people brush get soft or sprawl before the like a member of my family so if that be the case the u have to change it every three weeks

The most you should ever go would be every three months, but I think most toothbrush companies suggest every two months. The best indicator is when you start to notice the bristles wearing out, and the colors on the bristles fading away. The other thing you can do instead of microwaving your toothbrush (because I've never heard of that) is just run your toothbrush head under hot water for about twenty seconds every couple of brushings. You should also do this with every new toothbrush to avoid canker sores and other bacteria.

Every 3 months.

I wouldn't recommend microwaving your toothbrush. They have ultra violet toothbrush holders that kill germs - buy one of these.

Helen DDS
The toothbrush companies tell you every 3 months. If the bristles are in good shape, then they can last longer. The problem is that the brushes become full of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. You want to kill these off. Letting the toothbrush soak in a 50/50 solution of bleach and water helps to kill most of that off. I soak mine in highly ozonated water (not available commercially). You can also set yuor brush in a very sunny location and let the UV radiation kill stuff as well.

Bio hopeful
I change my tooth brush monthly(end of every month) it keeps the bacteria to a minimum i put my toothbrush away standing up and out of the way of the sink(less germs) even though you cant keep gems off it i also put some peroxide on my bush, wait a min, then i rinse it off then brush my teeth. Also they say to throw your brush away after being sick, for obvious reasons, i personally dont
hope it helped!

Diane A
I know if you get those toothbrushes with the blue tuft of bristles, its when the color is gone about 1/3 of the way down (that's why the blue color is there as a gauge); which works out to be about every 3 months. Rinsing the toothbrush in boiling water is also good. As to the microwave, maybe someone else has that info, sorry.

Yest every two months or so is pretty good guide. Many people over use and use way too damaged and grubby toothbrushes...and come on they're not much of an investment...

BUT then again the real issue is the toothpaste you use...

Many toothpastes contain foamers and other pretty nasty chemicals...That's what need changing even sooner than your brush...

I don't know anything about microwaving a toothbrush but I think you should replace it every 2 months.

Saydi_I'm trouble!
Every 3 months.

Marie Claire
According to my dentist every month. lol but I havent changed it for 2 months and it still works quite well. Anywayz, now u reminded me to go buy one today cuz u know i wanna be healthy and not smelly. Listen to your doctors and their advice lol

Microwaving's just silly. In fact, toothpaste contains soap, so while between brushings germs might find the toothbrush a nice place to grow, but when you brush, the germs in your mouth and on your toothbrush get washed away.

Still, you should get a new toothbrush every few months, because the bristles wear out, and the water and toothpaste build up on the bristles, making them stiff and brittle. Often, the easiest way to get a new toothbrush is to keep the one they give you after teeth cleaning and use it after your toothbrush wears out.

Don't microwave your toothbrush, it might cause a break down in the plastic which could be toxic in your mouth. They only cost a couple of dollars. Buy 6 of them, and you will have a year's supply. Every two months is what is recommended. The bristles start wearing out, and won't clean as effectively.

Also, use a softer brush so you can get your gumline good without injury.

I remember that article... it could be a different one though... but I remember reading that when the tips of the colored brush hairs become faded or lose their color, it would be time to change your brush. So always buy a tooth brush with colored hairs. The exact time you would need to change your tooth brush would depend on how much you brush, if you brush a lot the top of the hairs will fade faster, but when you brush less, the tooth brush will last longer. Also, keep your tooth brush in a small container to prevent germs from attaching on to the tooth brush during the day.

ever month or two think

Double J
They are so cheap and my teeth are so important to me so I change my toothbrush every month. Since it's the first, I just opened a new one.

I do mine every 3 months or when the bristles just start to separate, whichever comes first. As far as the microwave goes. 2 minutes can kill germs. Same as putting your kitchen sponge in there.

Microwaving the toothbrush kills the germs.I remember the article :)
I change my toothbrush every month, i get the ones that the bristles fade when you need to change it.

You should replace your toothbrush at LEAST every 3 months!

Answer: Adults and children should change their toothbrush every 3 months because they become worn out and are not as effective as they once were. Exceptions to this would be if you were using an electric toothbrush, and the manufacturer states otherwise. Some electric rechargable toothbrushes have very good brush heads that only need to be changed every 6 months. If you have gum disease, you should change your toothbrush every 4 - 6 weeks because bacteria can harbor in the bristles. You should always rinse your toothbrush out with hot water after every use and change it after you have been sick.

I boil mine every now and then.

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