Posts for: April, 2018
The majority of people use one of this everyday, but with the large selection available, it is not always clear which is the best choice. Here are some frequently asked questions that may help when you are trying to decide on your next toothbrush.
Soft, medium or firm?
Many people are unsure about this, and some even prefer to use medium or firm toothbrushes, claiming they feel like they do a better job. Despite this misconception, medium or firm brushes do not clean any better and may even cause damage to the teeth and gums. Dental professionals only recommend the use of soft or ultra-soft toothbrushes.
What size toothbrush should I use?
This depends on the size of your mouth. More compact toothbrush heads are a better choice for those with small mouths or limited opening of their mouth. Small toothbrush heads are also suitable for those having trouble reaching their back teeth (especially if the wisdom teeth are present) and for those with strong gag reflexes.
Manual or electric toothbrush?
Some studies show that if used correctly, a manual toothbrush can be just as effective as an electric toothbrush. Since not everyone is able or willing to use a manual toothbrush to its full potential, some people can benefit from the use of an electric toothbrush. Examples would be; those with dexterity problems, caregivers, brushing for someone else, those who do not brush long enough or need improved oral hygiene and those with dental braces.
What type of electric toothbrush is the best?
There are a variety of electric toothbrushes available and choosing one that you like may come down to personal preference. Generally, a good quality rechargeable toothbrush is preferable over the battery-operated styles. Another consideration is that as of now, the CDA (Canadian Dental Association) has given their seal of approval to only two electric toothbrushes. The models they have approved are the Oral-B Professional Care 5000 with Smart Guide Power Brush and the Oral-B Professional Care Series 3000 Power Brush.
A full list of CDA approved dental products can be found here.
How often should I be using my toothbrush?
Most people should be brushing at least twice daily, in the morning and before bed. Those with dental braces, or who are prone to cavities or tartar build-up might need to brush more often than that.
How long should my toothbrush last?
As a general rule, dental professionals recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three months. If you get sick, it is a good idea to start using a new toothbrush once you are feeling better. If you notice your toothbrush is wearing out before the three-month mark, this could be a sign that you are brushing too hard.
Your dental professional will be able to give you personalized advice on what oral hygiene products will work best for you. If you have any questions, call us today!
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
The most important part of dental health maintenance isn’t what your dentist does—it’s what you do every day when you brush and floss your teeth. And all you really need is a multi-tufted, soft bristle toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss—plus a little effort from your hands and fingers.
Of course, manual power isn’t your only option—an electric or battery-powered toothbrush is a convenient and, for people with strength or dexterity issues, a necessary way to remove disease-causing plaque from tooth surfaces. You have a similar option with flossing—a water flosser.
Although water flossers (or oral irrigators) have been around since the early 1960s, they’ve become more efficient and less expensive in recent years. A water flosser delivers a pulsating stream of pressurized water between the teeth through a handheld device that resembles a power toothbrush, but with a special tip. The water action loosens plaque and then flushes it away.
While the convenience these devices provide over traditional flossing is a major selling point, they’re also quite beneficial for people with special challenges keeping plaque from accumulating between teeth. People wearing braces or other orthodontic devices, for example, may find it much more difficult to effectively maneuver thread floss around their hardware. Water flossing can be an effective alternative.
But is water flossing a good method for removing between-teeth plaque? If performed properly, yes. A 2008 study, for example, reviewed orthodontic patients who used water flossing compared to those only brushing. The study found that those using water flossing were able to remove five times as much plaque as the non-flossing group.
If you’re considering water flossing over traditional flossing thread, talk with your dental hygienist. He or she can give you advice on purchasing a water flosser, as well as how to use the device for optimum performance. It could be a great and more convenient way to keep plaque from between your teeth and harming your dental health.
If you would like more information on water flossing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cleaning between Your Teeth: How Water Flossing can help.”