Issue #49
SEPTEMBER 2015 Newsletter
How clean is your toothbrush?
There is nothing like a fresh, clean-feeling mouth when you have just finished brushing. It probably wouldn’t feel so clean if there were someone else’s fecal matter on your toothbrush – and that is more possible than you may think, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed the toothbrushes of college students who shared bathrooms with roommates. About 60 percent of tested toothbrushes had fecal matter, and about 80 percent of the time, it included matter that came from someone other than the toothbrush owner!

Fortunately, there are ways to keep your toothbrush clean and healthy, even if you share a bathroom with other people:
  • Don’t share your toothbrush
  • Rinse and dry your toothbrush, because storing in a closed container promotes bacterial growth
  • Never store a toothbrush near the toilet because a spray of bacteria occurs when it is flushed
  • Replace your toothbrush three or four times a year
  • Don’t store your toothbrush in a location where other people are likely to handle it
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What’s new at our practice
Welcome back Jonathan Golib, RDA!
In our January 2015 newsletter, I wrote about Jonathan leaving us to continue his studies toward dental hygiene school. We were sad to see him go after working with us for about a year. Now that he is on summer break between semesters, we are happy that he has returned to work with us again. Please welcome him back as he helps us as one of our Registered Dental Assistants.

Sea to Summit IV - How my hike up turned into a ride back down.
Anxious to finally get in my first challenging hike of the year, we discovered a worthy hike that we could classify as a "sea to summit" hike, that is, a challenging hike that can be done in one day that starts from a body of water at sea level to the summit of a nearby peak. What we expected to be a 3.5 hour 7 mile hike to the summit ended up taking us 7 hours and exhausting our water supply. Lucky for us, a group of hikers who had parked their car close to the summit were generous enough to give us a ride back down and some much needed water. Click here

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Missing and fractured upper front teeth replaced with dental implants and crowns.
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