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Basketball legend Michael Jordan has a great saying: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” In our practice, we sometimes team up with other health professionals in the area so we can make an even bigger impact in the lives of our patients. For example, we’ve found that when our TMJ patients pair their jaw treatment with the expert guidance of a chiropractor, they heal faster and better. In this video, I sit down with chiropractor Dr. Kristen Zumberger to discuss how combining our specialties has a positive long-term effect on joint disorder patients.

DIY Orthodontics on the rise

If something breaks around the house, many of us will go to YouTube to see if there is a video that explains how to fix it. For many things this can be very helpful, but for others it can lead to bigger and more expensive problems. There has also been a recent trend where people have been trying to straighten their teeth with DIY orthodontics. In theory it may seem like a great idea, but the repercussions of incorrect use can be very damaging.

Is Activated Charcoal Safe to Use to Whiten Your Teeth?

As a society, we are always looking for easier or better ways to accomplish the same thing. This has lead to countless innovations and improvements that have greatly improved our lives. Whitening our teeth and improving our smile is no different. We want the best, and we want it now. While it is okay to always be searching for progress, we must be careful not to get ourselves into a short sighted mindset. I have the same concerns for the use of activated charcoal to whiten your teeth.

Does your toothbrush need to be replaced?

The Today Show recently discussed six common household items that likely need to be replaced more regularly than we usually do. They discuss more frequent replacement of mattresses, running shoes, kitchen sponges, bath towels, eye makeup, and your toothbrush. For our purposes today, we will discuss when to replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head for electric brushes) and why it is important.

5 More Things to Know About Your Toothbrush

Toothbrushes should be left out in the open. It is not difficult to clean your toothbrush. Rinse it after brushing with tap water and then remove any remaining toothpaste or debris. Store the brush standing upright to allow it to air dry. If you store near other tooth brushes, do your best to make sure they are separated to prevent contamination between them. Unless you are traveling, try not to store them in closed containers. A moist environment is more favorable to bacterial growth.