When trying to maintain a bright and healthy smile, it is important to have the best equipment for your particular situation. So, we purchase fluoride mouthwash and ADA approved toothpaste in our favorite flavor. But what about a toothbrush? After all, there seems to be endless options to choose from. Fortunately, there are a handful of things to consider when you purchase your next toothbrush. Because having the ideal toothbrush will definitely make a difference at your next dental appointment.
Brush head. Firstly, the head of your toothbrush is going to need to fit inside your mouth in such a way that you will be able to maneuver around your mouth in order to be able to clean all of your teeth thoroughly. Additionally, find a model that has a grip you like as well. The easier it is for you to hit hard-to-reach teeth, the healthier your mouth will be.
Bristles. Toothbrushes typically have three bristle types – soft, medium and hard. You may think that using hard bristles will clean better, but they can cause damage to your gums if you aren’t careful. Best bet is to choose soft, rounded bristles.
ADA approved. The American Dental Association is the leading authority when it comes to the best products for today’s patients. Make sure that the toothbrush you choose is ADA approved to ensure that you’re using the best equipment.
Manual or electric. When it comes to choosing a manual or electric, it really depends on the patient. For many older patients that may have arthritic issues, an electric option may be best. But this is purely a personal choice.
If you still have trouble deciding which toothbrush to choose, ask your dental professional.
Here we are – 2022. Are you keeping up with your resolutions? While it is still rather early, it is important to realize that our dental health is directly linked to our overall health so any improvements should start there. After all, we enjoyed our holiday season and likely overindulged in some of our favorite goodies a bit more than we should have. It’s time to get back on track with our goals for the new year.
We all know the basics to proper dental hygiene – brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash, but are you doing these steps appropriately? If you are forgetting any of these steps, it’s time to rethink your habits and tweak some things. Here is a quick checklist:
Brush for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, rinse and floss twice daily, change your toothbrush every few months or after being sick, and see your dentist regularly.
Surprised by how simple it is? Many are, but it is just that easy. All it takes is a little bit of time and energy but will be a lifetime of great smiles as a result. But it’s even more than that. Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash is your leading line of defense when gum disease presents itself in your mouth. Not only does it help cure gingivitis, but also prevents bleeding gums and inflammation by eliminating the bacteria in your mouth causing the irritation. Talk about a bonus! Now, the brand and flavor is up to you, but it needs to be accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA)for ultimate protection.
Having a healthy smile will not only improve your smile but will also benefit your health. And if your dental hygiene habits aren’t the best, no worries – you have a brand-new year to get it right.
Have you ever accidentally bitten the side of your cheek or lip? Didn’t it hurt? Sometimes accidents like these lead to a canker sore at the site. These sores are very small but make daily activities in our mouths very painful. And while canker sores are very common, it isn’t because they are contagious – they occur for various reasons, like a weak immune system, dehydration, allergies, stress or medication. If you find that they occur regularly, don’t panic – the reason may be as simple as an unknown allergy. Make sure to take note of any changes in your life and/or diet to make finding the culprit a whole lot easier when presenting your symptoms to your dental professional.
You may think that a canker sore is a cold sore, but that isn’t the case. Yes, they can occur for similar reasons, but unlike a cold sore, a canker sore does not develop on the outside of the mouth and aren’t contagious. And that is because canker sores aren’t caused by a virus or bacteria. They just go away after about ten days – but those ten days can be quite an ordeal as you adjust.
Keeping your daily dental hygiene schedules and reducing stress are some great ways to prevent a canker sore from developing, but there are medications available if necessary. Debacterol® is a liquid, topical medication that not only alleviates the oral pain that comes with canker sores but can also reduce the time the canker sore is present. If you find that your canker sores are becoming an issue, make sure to make an appointment to discuss it with your dental professional.
We get one set of permanent teeth – what we do with that set of teeth is completely up to us. Unfortunately, many have gotten to the point that requires wearing dentures. Believe it or not, but dentures are not just for the elderly. By mistreating your smile, you run the chances of dental issues that will result in a loss of teeth. Dentures will restore your smile to what you once had, but there are some things you ought to know as far as maintenance is concerned. These teeth are no longer stuck in your mouth and need a different set of rules to keeping them intact for as long as possible. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind as you get used to wearing dentures:
As much as possible, stand over a folded towel, or a basin of water, or carpeted floors, or basically, anything clean and soft when handling your dentures to prevent them from breaking.
Dentures will have to be brushed like natural teeth to rid them of food deposits and prevent plaque build-up, as well as stains.
The gums, tongue and palate should also be brushed at least once every day. Preferably, use a soft-bristled brush and do this every morning, before the dentures are inserted.
Any breaks, chips, cracks on the dentures should be reported to the dentist immediately. So too should be any feeling of looseness. Any attempt of adjusting the dentures yourself may only result in irreversible damage.
Missing teeth don’t only look bad, they’re also bad for the health.
For more information about the maintenance of dentures, call Dr. Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.
Dr. Sandip Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.