Posts for: November, 2011
Sometimes it's difficult to find thoughtful gifts for loved ones. A Sonicare toothbrush is a nice choice. It shows that you care about a healthy mouth. Everyone appreciates a clean, fresh mouth. Research shows that a Sonicare toothbrush removes more plaque than a conventional manual toothbrush. There is also research that shows a Sonicare can reduce surface stains as well. It has also been shown to reduce gingivitis.
All of this can lead to a healthier and more esthetic smile. This would be an appreciated stocking stuffer. To view articles, go to http://www.sonicare.com/professional/dp/clinicalstudies/default.aspx
What type of toothbrush should you choose? Having so many options available can make picking the right brush for you overwhelming. In general, dental professionals recommend that everyone use a soft bristled brush. The shape and size of the brush head and handle, as well as the style of bristles (flat, rippled, etc.), that you choose should be the one that is most comfortable for your mouth. The best toothbrush for you is the one that fits the best in your mouth and reaches all of your teeth. Many people find that a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. This is a particularly true for those who have difficulty brushing or have limited dexterity.
You should also be sure to replace your brush (or brush head if you are using a powered brush) when it begins to show wear or every three months, whichever comes first. Also be sure to change your toothbrush any time you have been sick to prevent reinfection.
Do you ever get weary of hearing your dental hygienist asking you how many times a day you are brushing or flossing?? When we hear your answers, it gives us the opportunity to educate you about what is going on inside your mouth.
Do you know the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. This is when the plaque has not been removed from the teeth and the bacteria produce toxins which then lead to infection. The signs are red, swollen, inflamed, and some bleeding gums. This stage is reversible with proper brushing and flossing. However, when there is not enough brushing and flossing, the plaque builds up and infects the gums, teeth and the bone that supports them, leading to a more severe form of gum disease, called periodontitis.
There are 3 stages of periodontal disease: early, moderate, and advanced.
- Inflammation progresses into the supporting structures of the teeth
- There is some bone loss which results in a pocket
- Gums continue to bleed
- Continued inflammation and destruction of the supporting structures of the teeth
- More noticeable bone loss and some tooth movement
- Bone loss extends between roots of teeth
- Bone loss and tooth mobility increases
- Eventual loss of one or more teeth
To prevent gum disease you can brush with a soft bristled toothbrush and floss, get regular dental cleanings twice a year, and do not smoke or use any other form of tobacco.
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