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Posts for: May, 2013

5 Things To Know About Your Toothbrush  

tbIf you brush the recommended amount – twice daily for at least two minutes per session – then you’ve spent a lot of quality time with your toothbrushes over the years.

But how much do you really know about your toothbrush? Here are five quick facts to bring you up to speed.

1. Opt for soft bristles over hard ones unless otherwise instructed by your dentist. Soft bristles are more pliable and can get between teeth easier. Hard bristles can make brushing painful and may also wear away gums and tooth enamel.

2. If you were still enjoying the warm summer weather the last time you replaced your toothbrush, you’re definitely overdue for a new one. Toothbrushes need to be replaced when they get frayed and worn, which is typically every three months. Particularly vigorous brushers will probably need to replace more frequently.

3. It may be tempting for teething tots, but don’t let young children chew on the toothbrush head. It drastically shortens the life of the bristles.

4. To maximize the effectiveness of brushing, pick up your toothbrush right after a meal. It helps remove the food debris that bacteria feed on while giving teeth a dose of fluoride right when they need it most.

5. Bedtime brushing = better ZZZZs. Repeating a relaxing bedtime routine (including brushing your teeth, of course) eventually gets your body programmed to start winding down when you start the routine.

While these are all very good tips, the important thing to remember is that brushing twice daily is a necessity, not an option if you want to keep your pearly whites for a lifetime!

Practicing good oral hygiene and receiving regular dental exams are critical to good oral health.  The signs and symptoms of cavities and other oral health problems can vary depending on their extent and location.  For instance, when a cavity is just beginning, you may not have any symptoms at all.  You may not be aware that a cavity is forming, and once the decay penetrates through the enamal it can advance rapidly.  If it reaches the nerve of the tooth one treatment option is a root canal and crown.  Another option is extraction, however, lost teeth contribute to other issues such as poor bite, poor chewing, possible TMJ problems and poor facial support.  The options to replace lost teeth are coslty.  Partial dentures, porcelain bridges, dental implants are hundreds to thousands of dollars more than you would have paid for a simple filling.

Dental problems treated early are smaller, more comfortable, easier to treat, and less expensive.

Acid Reflux is a common condition where the acid from the stomach is able to leak up into the esophagus.  People with acid reflux are at greater risk of periodontal problems and tooth erosion.  Long term exposure to the acid begins to thin and dissolve away the protective coating of the teeth (enamel), leaving them weakened.  When the enamel wears away, the sensitive inner dentin layer of the tooth is exposed, and can lead to other serious complications with the teeth and mouth. 

If you suffer with acid reflux, it is important to see your family physician and take steps to get it under control to help protect your oral health.

Daniel Colgan

 Dr. Colgans office provides gentle, compassionate care to all of our patients at our dental practice in Liberty MO. We make your comfort and dental health our top priority.

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