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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....

How safe are Dental X-Rays Today?
Posted on 1/15/2020 by Kelly Hong
When we want to detect diseases and damages that are not visible during a typical dental exam, we use a dental X-ray as a diagnostic tool. How often X-rays need to be taken is dependent on your age, risk of disease, the present oral state and the occurrence of signs and symptoms of oral diseases. For new patients, dentists recommend a dental X-ray to determine the current oral health status and to create a baseline for future references. To determine the status of your gum health, detect new cavities or examine the progress of tooth development, a new set of X-rays may be needed as guidance. If your previous dentist made any radiographs of you, we might ask you to bring us copies of them. Are they safe, though? Yes. However, very low levels of radiation exposure are required, which reduce the potential of harmful effects occurring. The tools and techniques used for dental X-rays are designed to limit the exposure of radiation to the body. Precautions are taken to ensure the radiation exposure follows the ALARA principle (as low as reasonably achievable). The Risks of Dental X-Rays Yes, dental X-rays involve some form or level of radiation. However, the exposure levels are very low that they are concluded to be safe for both adults and children. Your risks from radiation are even lower with digital X-rays as compared to developing them on some sort of film. A lead “bib” will be placed over or across your chest, pelvic region and abdomen to prevent your vital organs from getting any unnecessary radiation. In the case of a thyroid condition, a thyroid collar will be used. However, women who believe that they are pregnant or are pregnant should always try to avoid all types of X-rays. You should inform us if you think that you are pregnant because radiations are not safe for developing fetuses. The Necessity of X-rays Just like flossing or brushing your teeth, getting regular X-rays should be an integral part of your overall oral health. Going for occasional checkups can be useful, but this does not mean you should ignore X-rays. Depending on your health, age and insurance coverage, we might perform X-rays everyone to two years. If we find problems such as decay or cavities, we can discuss the treatment options. Be sure to book an appointment with us soon if you experience any pain or other changes in your mouth....

Times You Should Not Wear a Mouthguard
Posted on 12/25/2019 by Kelly Hong
Mouthguards are an effective way to keep your smile protected when playing sports and if you suffer from nightly teeth grinding. They are great at giving your teeth padding from impact, and they come in all kinds of options so finding the perfect one is relatively easy. However, there are some circumstance where wearing a mouthguard is not the right thing to do. One reason we see many people wearing a mouthguard is to help stop nighttime teeth grinding. While mouthguards effective at preventing damage to your teeth from nighttime teeth grinding, many people opt to buy an over the counter guard which can actually cause more harm than good. Many over the counter mouth guards aren't specifically designed to be slept in and cause serious obstruction to your airway while you sleep. Instead of using an over the counter guard, it may be necessary to get a dental splint instead. Times When Mouthguards Won't Help Dental splints help teeth grinding by not allowing the teeth to come in contact with one another like a mouthguard. An advantage of a dental splint over a mouthguard is that they are way less obstructive than a mouthguard. When your airway is blocked while sleeping, your brain will tell you to wake up. Because sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea are commonly associated with teeth grinding, adding a mouthguard that restricts your airflow won't help you get a better night's rest and may even make your sleep worse. Before going out to get a mouthguard, please consider coming into our office for a visit. We have experience with people who thought they needed a nighttime mouthguard, and they always wish they would have come and saw us first. We're always happy to help anyone with questions, so don't be afraid to ask us about what option is best for you....

All Posts:
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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