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Tips and tools to promote better oral health
Dental Health: Brushing, Flossing and Preventive Care
Power Toothbrushes
Plaque vs. Tartar
Periodontal disease
Teeth Grinding

Daily brushing and flossing are the building blocks of a good oral care program.  Plaque is one of the main causes of tooth decay and gum disease. Left to accumulate, plaque can cause cavities, bleeding gums, destruction of tooth-supporting bone and even tooth loss. 

Toothbrush Replacement ~ It’s a good policy.  Remember to replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear – or every 3 months, whichever come first.  Studies have shown that a new toothbrush removes 30% more plaque than one that is 3 months old.

Have your teeth cleaned professionally every 6 months or more frequently as recommended by your dentist or hygienist.


What about power toothbrushes? Newer designs that incorporate advanced technology remove plaque effectively and are reliable and safe to use.  In fact, clinical studies show that power toothbrushes that pulsate and rotate remove significantly more plaque than a manual toothbrush.  Ask your dentist or hygienist how you would benefit from using one.

Plaque vs. Tartar…What’s the difference?
Patients often confuse plaque and tartar and how they are related to each other.  Plaque is a sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that is constantly forming on the tooth surface.  Saliva, food, and fluids combine to produce these deposits that collect on teeth and where teeth and gums meet.  Plaque begins to forming on teeth 4 to 12 hours after brushing, which is why it is so important to brush at least twice a day and floss daily.
Tartar, also call calculus, is a crusty deposit that can trap stains on the teeth and cause discoloration.  It creates a strong bond that can only be removed by a dental professional.  Tartar formation may also make it more difficult to remove new plaque and bacteria.

Periodontal Disease ~ “How can I stop the spread of gum disease?”
Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.  Early and moderate periodontal disease may exhibit few, if any, symptoms.  However, warning signs of advanced periodontal disease may include red, swollen or bleeding gums; persistent bad breath; permanent teeth that are loose or separating; or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
Remember… Periodontal  disease can be an ongoing problem.  Keep your gums and teeth healthy: brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular exams and cleanings.  Eat a healthy diet.  If you chew tobacco or smoke, quit.  And call your dentist if you notice any tooth or gum problems.

Do you grind your teeth?
Although teeth grinding (bruxism) may happen at any time, people often grind their teeth in their sleep.  You may not even know you’re doing it.  The causes are not clear.  Stress is one possible cause, but often the reason for the habit is not known.  If something is not done to stop the damage, bruxism may lead to jaw muscle or joint problems and even loss of your teeth.




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