How you look as you age is determined by a number of factors largely out of your control — genetics, environmental exposure to hazards and toxins and underlying health issues, to name a few. Along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are a few things you can do to ensure you age like a fine wine, rather than an organic banana relegated to the bottom drawer of the fridge. One of those things is making sure your teeth and gums are well taken care of.
Can you remember how you learned to brush your teeth? If you’re lucky, your mom or dad taught you and guided you on proper form and oversaw the task until you were old enough to do it by yourself. But not everyone had that kind of experience, so perhaps the task of teaching you how to brush your teeth was left to others in your life, or worse, you had to figure it out on your own.
Whether you’re a millennial in need of a “life skill” reminder or someone who is genuinely curious about the most efficient and effective way to take care of your smile, there’s no embarrassment in admitting you need to brush up on your home dental care skills.
If you’re looking at your child’s mouth and notice thick, opaque white lines or patterns on their teeth, or worse, pitting or extreme discoloration that ranges from slightly yellow to dark brown, it’s easy to worry and think it’s an emergency. In most cases, it’s not. Rather, these symptoms are signs of fluorosis, a cosmetic condition caused by overexposure to fluoride during the first eight years of life. Although it looks bad, there’s no loss of functionality, but the blow it deals to your child’s self-esteem can be devastating. Treatment involves whitening and polishing the teeth or masking the staining — something your child’s dentist can do with ease.
Crude jokes about oral health aside, you might not realize the profound impact your dental health has on your love life. Whether you’ve been married for decades or are jumping back into the dating game again, your teeth are important to maintaining an active and healthy love life – and the reasons why might surprise you.
When you’re standing in the toothbrush aisle in any random retail location, staring down the terrifyingly huge selection of manual toothbrushes available today, do you wonder to yourself what kind of secrets they hold? What makes one toothbrush cost three times another?
I’m here to clear that up today. Today we’re going to talk about manual toothbrushes so that next time you’re out shopping for one, you’ll know when you’re getting the best of the best. Let’s get started!
As you know, we offer Invisalign, which shares some characteristics with retainers, and is often followed by retainer use at the end of the therapy. You wouldn’t believe some of the funk I’ve seen on these and other types of retainers. Kids and their ability to create biological hazards never fails to surprise me. It should, but it doesn’t…
You may not want to admit you’re one of them, but the truth is that most people experience bad breath from time to time. There are a myriad of reasons that it happens, some that are pretty benign (like that garlic bread you had for lunch), others are kind of serious. The bad news is that if you’re noticing it, chances are good that other people are, too. Luckily, your friendly neighborhood dentist can help diagnose the cause of your halitosis before it starts to impact your social life.
I’m often asked about the different high tech tools that are out there. “Hey, Doc, what’s up with the water flosser? Can I do that and stop brushing?” or “Can I avoid cleanings if I get an electric toothbrush?” Everybody wants to simplify their lives, you know. The fewer tools, the fewer steps to good dental hygiene, the better. It’s natural and it makes perfect sense, so don’t take this as me putting anyone down.
When I was out cruising the ‘net the other day, I came across this piece on Bellatory, by a fellow oral hygiene fanatic. He did a great job of breaking down the basics of these tools and how they work, as well as which tools they can displace from your bathroom shelf.
You may be surprised at what you learn.
Unless you’ve been camping under a rock somewhere, you’ll recognize the word “fluoride,” and probably have some kind of opinion on the subject of fluorination. As a dentist, I am, of course, in huge favor of fluorination for public water supplies. That’s my bias right there. Even though I’m inclined to support fluorination for all, I also think it’s important to continue to study the effects of this mineral over the long run. New evidence, maybe a new opinion?
Anyway, I was thinking about fluoride the other day, so I went looking for some information I could share with you all on the subject. There’s a lot to learn about the magical stuff that we dentists love for its ability to prevent tooth decay.
You know, as a dentist, I spend a lot of time trying to convince people that they need to brush more often and do a better job when they do. Inevitably, I hear all sorts of excuses, from lack of time to sensitive teeth and — not surprisingly — that patients don’t like the flavor of toothpaste.
I admit that basic mint toothpaste can taste pretty awful, depending on the brand, but with online shopping, you have options. So many options. For example, you could start brushing with cupcake flavored toothpaste or even chocolate. You might as well brush with cake frosting!
THIS IS GAME CHANGING STUFF, PEOPLE!