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Brush up on Brushing – Infograph

Brush up on Brushing - Infograph

Brush up on Brushing You brush your teeth so often you probably don’t give it much thought. Take a moment to review some basic information and maintain a healthy mouth. Choose your weapon – Select a brush with soft bristles that fits your mouth and is comfortable to hold. Perfect your technique – Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Use short strokes and an up-and-down motion. Add another rep – Brush two times a day is great, but three times is ideal. Watch the Clock. Or TV. – It’s best to spend two minutes a day. A favorite show can help pass the time. Surprise your mouth – Switch up your brushing pattern to keep from … Continue reading →

Dental Health and Aging

Close up portrait smiling senior woman looking down

Time takes a toll Our mouths change as we age. Nerves can shrink and your teeth become less sensitive, thus making it harder to notice problem areas. Like cavities, which never stop being a threat to our teeth, no matter how old we get. Gum disease is also a major issue. It’s caused by bacteria between the teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Signs of trouble Oral cancers are a health concern for everyone but far more likely to affect people over the age of 65. Early detection is a key weapon in the fight against them, so it’s important to watch for changes and problem areas. In addition, your mouth can show early warning signs of … Continue reading →

Long in the tooth

Are you getting "long in the tooth"? We can help.

Have you ever heard the expression that someone is “long in the tooth?” “Long of tooth” doesn’t have to be.  Are you interested in keeping your youthful smile?  Give us a call and we can help. – Dr. Medina It refers to a condition we call recession. Gum tissue recession occurs when the tissues around the teeth pull away from the tooth and bone, exposing root surface.  It can occur anywhere in the mouth and happen at any age. Why is recession an issue? Exposed root surfaces are normally covered and protected by bone and tissue. Once exposed, these become more susceptible to decay as root surface is softer than enamel. They are also more susceptible to erosion from acidic foods, … Continue reading →

Seth Godin at the dental office.

Seth Godin has beautiful Teeth!

I’m not exactly sure when or how I got on Seth Godin’s blog mailing list. Nevertheless, I did subscribe.  So every morning I get a morsel, a tidbit, a thought.  More often than not, I have to read it two times, three times, and I must admit there are times I’m not 100% sure that I understand what he is trying to say. May 2nd of this year Seth had a blog post about hygiene.  When I started reading it, it piqued my interest. Can we take what he has to say about hygiene in gereral, and apply what he says to dental hygiene? “Way better than getting hit in the face with a 2 x 4.” – Seth Godin Instead of … Continue reading →

Introducing Plaque HD

Plaque HD - plaque identifying toothpaste.

While going through my morning email I saw this from the American Dental Association. Can Green Toothpaste Fight Tooth Decay? WSJ Reviews New Toothpaste That Turns Plaque Green. The Wall Street Journal (2/8, Johannes, Subscription Publication) reviews a new toothpaste that binds to plaque and shows it as green, aiming to improve oral hygiene by showing people areas they missed while brushing. The article states that researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a short-term study of Plaque HD, finding plaque was reduced by 51.3% after people brushed with the toothpaste for up to 10 days. American Dental Association spokeswoman Dr. Mary Hayes has not tried the toothpaste, but says it could serve as a consistent reminder to … Continue reading →

A Brand New Toothbrush (video)

A New Toothbrush Needed

There are so many short cartoons on internet, it’s impossible to see them all. But when I saw the title, “A Brand New Toothbrush”, I couldn’t help but watch it. Hmmm, maybe this is something we can share on our website, since it seems to be dentally related. The first time I watched it I thought it was cute, but slightly inappropriate.  From what I understand the underlying message by the Plasmatic Research Laboratory at The University of Newcastle is that bacterium destroys your toothbrush.  That’s an interesting idea. I always thought that a toothbrush gets destroyed from mechanical wear and tear. Press here to learn more about the correct way to brush. Toothbrushes can get so grungy. With this in mind, last year at Yankee … Continue reading →

Looking for Lumps and Bumps

Mouth Sores and Spots

Looking for Lumps and Bumps Ever wonder what we are doing when we say “Stick out your tongue.”, “Say Ah.”, and feel your neck?  We are looking for lumps and bumps that do not belong, or discolorations as part of an Oral Cancer Screening. What we know about oral cancer: Oral cancer kills an average of one person an hour here in the U.S. and 100 new cases will be diagnosed each day. The leading cause of oral cancer is no longer tobacco use, but exposure to HPV.  HPV, or the Human Pappilloma Virus is a sexually transmitted disease that people can carry and not have any symptoms. For more facts on oral cancer you can check out this link: 50 … Continue reading →

The Best Electric Toothbrush

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The Best Electric Toothbrush We love electric toothbrushes.  At our last trip to Yankee Dental Convention in Boston we learned a fun fact, that just brushing once (two full minutes) with an electric or powered toothbrush is equal to a typical persons month of manual brushing! You don’t have to take our word for it, we found this article comparing the electric toothbrushes on the market: The Best Electric Toothbrush. And we agree! Making the switch to an electric toothbrush can be very affordable and will be invaluable to your oral health. Are you ready to make the switch?


Chewing gum to keep your teeth?

chewing-gum

Mom always warned about chewing gum. “It will rot your teeth!” New evidence shows that chewing sugarless gum can actually help reduce the incidence of decay. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals can help wash away the acids produced by bacterial plaque in your mouth. The act of chewing gum stimulates saliva which helps lubricate the mouth, neutralize acids and also carries calcium and phosphate which keep teeth mineralized. Chewing sugarless gum can also help with dry mouth, a condition which many people suffer with. The implications of dry mouth lead to very sticky biofilm, or plaque, which can be very difficult to brush or floss away. This in turn contributes to tooth decay as well. There are … Continue reading →

Sleepy juice and sugar bugs

Don't be scared little one.

Every January there is a large dental conference in Boston which offers dental professionals the opportunity to see what is new and up and coming in the dental field and also offers continuing education courses. One of the courses I took was in relation to pediatric dentistry. It was a great lecture given by a pediatric dentist based out of Washington state by the name of Dr. Greg Psaltis. He has been in practice for over 30 years and is now seeing children of the children he has treated over the years! The lecture offered numerous tips for treating children that could be very useful to us as practitioners but also tips that he shares with parents to help the appointments … Continue reading →

Is clenching and grinding a problem?

Clenching and Grinding. Could this be your solution?

Do you clench and grind your teeth? There are many of us that do and have done it for years, and aren’t even aware.  Some of us do it at night, while some of us do it during the day at times of stress. Ideally our upper teeth should touch our lower teeth about 15 minutes a day. In other words, our upper teeth should only touch our lower teeth when eating. There are many symptoms that imply that clenching and grinding may be a problem.  Go take a look in a mirror and inspect your teeth.  Do you see front teeth that are chipped? Do they look worn and thin? Do your back teeth have a “flat” chewing surface? If … Continue reading →

Preventative Appointment

Patients needina a Preventative Appointment

Taken from a lecture given at Yankee Dental 2015 by Dr. Gordon Christensen. Patients needing a Preventative Appointment Post Restorative Dry Mouth Senile Carries Juvenile Carries Chemotherapy Radiation Therapy Bulimics “Meth Mouth” Special Needs Patients Orthodontic Patients Patient with high carcinogenic diets Nursing home Patients The Preventative Appointment Educate the Patient Get Acceptance of the concept Alginate Impression Fast Setting Cast (Whipmix Snap Stone) Make Vacuum Shell, .20″” thick plastic Trim shell to be 1mm apical to the gingival line Again educate patient and have them load and set tray They use 2X per day, 5 min after breakfast, and 5 min before bedtime Spit only if in non-fluoride area. Spit and rinse if in fluoride area … Continue reading →

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