My Location
SignUp Login

Cleaning Toothbrushes and Retainers

I've worn orthodontic braces twice, as a teenager and as an adult, so I know the importance of wearing a retainer. A few years ago, after I had strep, I figured I should boil my retainer because the doctors always tell you to toss your toothbrushes and lipgloss midway through antibiotic treatment for strep. Wrong! Boiling a retainer causes it to shrink and then it doesn't fit properly. And, the longer you wait to get a new retainer made, the more your teeth will move. My new dentist told me the best way to clean a retainer is to use effervescent denture cleaner tablets. (Why didn't my orthodontist tell me that?) I'm still wearing my retainer six years after my braces came off, and I've been through three retainers. Without a retainer, my teeth still shift, so I guess I'll be wearing one for life.

According to my dentist, yes you can wash your toothbrushes in the dishwasher. Still, you should change toothbrushes every three months and after you've had a cold, strep, or other illness.

Sign Up - Family Fun Newsletter

Have fun with great ideas on things to do for travel, daytrips, nearby, or at home...

Fun Things to Do at Home
Fun games for the whole family
Making science into family fun
Giving the little ones a laugh
Fun, creative activities
Exercise for the mind
Entertainment for the whole family
Great fun when you're stuck at home

About     Partnerships     Terms     Newest     Sitemap     Topics     Contact Us
© 2019 Tipspoke.   Awesome Tips Worth Sharing™   Tipspoke®   All Rights Reserved.