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Why The Flavor Of The Toothpaste You Use Matters
Posted on 2/28/2020 by Kelly Hong
Does wasabi or bacon-flavored toothpaste sound like something you might want to try? Different flavors of toothpaste are now being invented by toothpaste makers. nusual flavors can make brushing your teeth more fun, not to mention better tasting, especially if you or someone in your family doesn't like toothpaste with a mint flavor. There are some things you need to know when deciding to try new flavors of toothpaste. Toothpaste Flavor - Does It Really Matter? Toothpaste aids you in allowing your toothbrush to move over your teeth quickly and readily, plus has abrasives that help remove plaque, which causes cavities. Regular use of toothpaste is the number one factor in healthy oral hygiene. It is recommended that you should brush twice a day in order to remove plaque and food remnants from your teeth. It does not depend on the flavor of toothpaste that you brush with. What is most important in plaque reduction is how long you spend brushing your teeth using the right technique. There Any Negatives to Brushing Your Teeth with Flavored Toothpaste? There are some flavored toothpastes that lack fluoride. This is a substance the helps you stave off tooth decay. Fluoride, which is a natural mineral that is used in drinking water and toothpaste, adds minerals to parts of your tooth enamel that has been destroyed by acids. The regular brushing of your teeth with toothpaste that includes fluoride can help rejuvenate some parts of the teeth that have been marred and also stop cavities from ever being created. If you choose to buy one of the many new flavors of toothpaste, which include eggplant, cupcake, or chocolate, make sure you read the list of what is in them. If the toothpaste has no fluoride in it, you may be doing damage your oral health. If you opt to brush with some of the more unusual flavors, like curry, bacon, or pickle, you might find that although they taste good, they probably will not help keep your breath as fresh as it would be with a traditional mint toothpaste. Whatever flavor of toothpaste you try, it is of utmost importance that your teeth get the proper amount of fluoride. Mouthwashes are also an important part of the puzzle as the ones with fluoride can help make up for the lack of fluoride in some toothpastes. If you have questions about the best toothpaste types or flavors, or need to come in for a checkup or dental cleaning, we can help. Please call us to set up your next dental appointment....

What Goes Into Cavity Treatment?

Posted on 2/15/2020 by Kelly Hong
When you come in and see us, and have a cavity, this is what you should expect. First, we will clean out the cavity to ensure that only healthy tooth remains. Second, we will create a filling likely from composite material to provide synthetic, but functional tooth structure where your cavity was removed. What to Expect You will be in our office for approximately an hour as we perform the filling procedure. This allows enough time for our staff to take X-rays if necessary, discuss the procedure with you and complete the work. We will numb your teeth, gums and the skin in the surrounding area to reduce discomfort during the procedure. Next, we will drill out the decay and replace the empty space with a filling. The procedure itself will only take a few minutes. Post-Procedure Care Since your mouth will be numb for a few hours after the filling procedure, it's important to chew carefully to avoid biting your lip or tongue. You can eat as usual soon after getting a filling, but soft foods are recommended at first to avoid as much chewing as possible. Although fillings come with minimal risk of complications, be sure to keep our number handy if any issues arise. Types of Dental Fillings We use composite fillings in most cases, but there are other types of fillings that may be more appropriate for your situation. These include amalgam, ceramic, metal and glass lonomer. Each type of filling has its pros and cons, depending on the kind of treatment needed. Amalgam Amalgam fillings have been around for over a century, making a highly researched material. This type of filling is very strong and is often used for fillings in the back of the mouth. Ceramic Usually, a ceramic filling is made from porcelain and matches the color of your teeth well. It is highly resistant to staining compared to a composite filling, but ceramic fillings are significantly more costly compared to other materials used for fillings. Getting a filling is a relatively quick procedure that causes most patients little discomfort. There's no need to wait to replace tooth decay with a filling, with such a simple procedure available. For all your dental care needs, don't hesitate to contact our office to schedule an exam....

Power Toothbrushes Require Just as Much Consideration as Regular Toothbrushes, If Not More

Posted on 1/25/2020 by Kelly Hong
Power toothbrushes-aka electric, mechanical, or automated-come with brush heads that move by rechargeable electric or battery power. They can help boost your dental health and oral hygiene, but you want to do your research to ensure that your power toothbrush is effective and worth the investment. From built-in pressure sensors to 2-minute alerts, power toothbrushes can customize and enhance your brushing routine, but here are some important things to consider when looking to invest in a power toothbrush. Advantages and Disadvantages Power toothbrushes offer many different benefits, depending on the user's needs. For instance, they are helpful for those with arthritis and those who have been disabled. It is recommended that those with braces, poor oral hygiene habits, or who brush another's teeth as a caregiver use a power toothbrush. Other ways that power toothbrushes are beneficial include providing motivation to brush more, better plaque removal with less abrasion and pressure, and ergonomic handles. As power toothbrushes increase in price, other features include tongue cleaning systems and built-in toothpaste dispensers. Disadvantages of mechanical toothbrushes include more effort and time to maintain and clean them, as they should be sanitized after each use, heads and/or chargers will need replacement. You also want to read user reviews of the product you are considering, to ensure that there aren't faulty parts, such as a leaky battery compartment. Other Features and Considerations Whether battery-powered, rechargeable, electric, or manual, each category of toothbrush has its benefits for your oral care routine. Manual toothbrushes typically range from $1 to $4, making them the least expensive. For a few dollars more, you can buy a battery-powered one, and an electric one is the most expensive option. It's very important to discuss your toothbrush with your dentist and ask for recommendations that might better complement your oral hygiene routine. Wondering if your toothbrush is really boosting your oral care routine? Contact our office for more information about how a power toothbrush might be a great option for you....

All Posts:
Why The Flavor Of The Toothpaste You Use Matters
What Goes Into Cavity Treatment?
Power Toothbrushes Require Just as Much Consideration as Regular Toothbrushes, If Not More
How safe are Dental X-Rays Today?
Times You Should Not Wear a Mouthguard
The Connection Between Dental Implants and Gum Disease
Why You Need to Avoid Drinking Sports Drinks if You Have Sensitive Teeth
What to Do and Avoid When a Dental Emergency Occurs
Should Your Toothbrush Move in Circles or Straight Lines
How to Make Sure Your Dental Bonding Lasts
Having Good Oral Health Can Reduce Some Big Risk Factors
How Dangerous Ice Can Be for Your Oral Health
Ways to Tell if Your Tooth is Dying
Did You Know You Could Get a Celiac Diagnosis from Your Teeth?
Damage That Comes from Clenching Your Teeth
Could Your Oral Health Improve with Fluoride Treatments?
It Is Important to Eat Only the Right Foods Following Any Type of Oral Surgery
How to Tell if a Filling Breaks
Your Oral Health Can Improve from Yoga!
Why Telling Us About Dental Fears Can Give You the Strength to Overcome Them
Importance of Two Dental Visits Each Year
If You Regularly Snack on Fresh Produce, It Can Leave You With a Whiter, Healthier Smile
Talking with Us During Your Visits Helps Ensure You Get the Care You Need
Taking Care of Your Teeth After Adult Braces
Could Changing Your Toothpaste Make Brushing More Fun?
Coconut Oil Can Be Used as a Mouthwash
Ways of Keeping Your Enamel Thick and Strong
Understanding the Importance of Healthy Taste Buds
When Struggling with Morning Sickness, You Must Protect Your Teeth
What to Do to Ease Cold Sensitivity in Your Teeth
Any Form of Tobacco is a Dental Danger
3 Most Common Mistakes with Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Medicines to Help with a Tooth Ache Until We Can See You
How Do Crunchy Vegetables Improve Your Oral Health?
How Certain Types of Gum Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
What Materials Make up Composite Fillings?
What Happens When You Brush Too Much?
The Different Stages of Dental Decay
How Does Lupus Affect Your Oral Health?
Options for Replacing a Single Missing Tooth
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