Archive for May, 2012

Which Toothbrush Is Right For You

The electric toothbrush has become very popular in recent years; some even say it provides superior dental care.  But how does it actually compare to manual brushing?  Manual toothbrushes are inexpensive and very accessible.  Some dentists even give them away.  Manual toothbrushes are also easier to travel with than electric toothbrushes.  It seems the electric toothbrush is better at removing plaque and preventing gum disease, but make sure you are not applying too much pressure.  One advantage to a manual toothbrush is you can always feel the amount of pressure you are applying to your teeth.  In some cases you can’t feel as well with the electric toothbrush.  Electric toothbrushes with rotating-oscillating bristles are the most effective and a good choice for anyone.
Whether you choose a manual or an electric toothbrush, choose one with soft bristles and be sure to change the bristles on the electric brush when they become worn down.  Always remember to brush.



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Choosing a Dentist

It is very important to make an informed decision when choosing your Dentist.  When making that decision, here are some tips to consider, to make sure you find the perfect fit.  Is the dentist close to your home or job?  Is it easy to get the appointment times you need to fit your schedule?  Always pay attention to the surroundings.  The office should be clean and well-kept.  Your Dentist should wear gloves, mask, and a gown.  There should be a pleasant respectful environment in the office.  Always ask about fees, payment options, and insurance plans.  These things should always be made clear and should be discussed before treatment.  Find out if your dentist provides a way for you to receive emergency after hours care.  Consult with your dentist about your dental history and any concerns you may have.  Make sure you feel comfortable talking to them, and most importantly make sure they explain things in a way that you understand and feel comfortable about.  Finally, get to know your dentist.  Find out how long they have been practicing, and what continuing education they are still pursuing.



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Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is a very serious disease that could have long term effects to your dental health.  Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease has symptoms that you need to be aware of:
– Gums that bleed during brushing, flossing, or even eating.
-Gums that feel swollen or tender to the touch
-Persistent bad breath
-Gums that are receding or pulling back from your teeth.  It may seem to you that your teeth are appearing longer.

–  Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite, or any uncomfortable sensation when trying to fit your teeth together.

– Sores in your mouth.  That could include on your tongue, cheeks, or inner lips.

Keep in mind that cigarettes often hid the signs of gum disease and they also increase your risk of getting gum disease.  Check with your dentist if you are experiencing any of the signs of gum disease.

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Canker Sores

At some point, many of us have suffered from canker sores, which should not be confused with cold sores or fever blisters.  Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus and usually occur on or around the lips.  Canker sores are small, painful, red bordered ulcers with a white or yellowish base.  They occur inside the mouth generally on the more movable tissue; like under the tongue, cheeks, and inside the lips.  While their exact cause is uncertain it is thought that fatigue, stress, and trauma seem to increase the likelihood of occurrence.  Canker sores are not contagious and they usually heal on their own in 7 to 10 days.  To promote healing of a canker sore you can:
-rinse with warm saltwater or an antimicrobial mouthrinse
-maintain good oral hygiene
-avoid hot or spicy foods
See your dentist for any further guidance or diagnosis.

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