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By Expressions Dental
December 22, 2018
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Tags: oral hygiene  

If there’s one essential tool for protecting your dental health, it’s the humble toothbrush. The basic manual brush with a long, slender handle and short-bristled head is still effective when used skillfully. The market, though, is full of choices, all of them touting their brand as the best.

So how do you choose? You can cut through any marketing hype with a few simple guidelines.

First, understand what you’re trying to accomplish with brushing: removing dental plaque, that thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces that’s the main cause of dental disease. Brushing also stimulates gum tissue and helps reduce inflammation.

With that in mind, you’ll first want to consider the texture of a toothbrush’s bristles, whether they’re stiff (hard) or more pliable (soft). You might think the firmer the better for removing plaque, but actually a soft-bristled brush is just as effective in this regard. Stiffer bristles could also damage the gums over the long term.

Speaking of bristles, look for those that have rounded tips. In a 2016 study, less rounded tips increased gum recession in the study’s participants by 30%. You should also look for toothbrushes with different bristle heights: longer bristles at the end can be more effective cleaning back teeth.

As far as size and shape, choose a brush that seems right and comfortable for you when you hold it. For children or people with dexterity problems, a handle with a large grip area can make the toothbrush easier to hold and use.

And look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, something you may have seen on some toothpaste brands. It means the toothbrush in question has undergone independent testing and meets the ADA’s standards for effectiveness. That doesn’t mean a particular brush without the seal is sub-standard—when in doubt ask your dentist on their recommendation.

Even a quality toothbrush is only as effective as your skill in using it. Your dental provider can help, giving you tips and training for getting the most out of your brush. With practice, you and your toothbrush can effectively remove disease-causing plaque and help keep your smile beautiful and healthy.

If you would like more information on what to look for in a toothbrush, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sizing up Toothbrushes.”

November 19, 2018
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We are proud to announce that Expressions Dental has recently acquired 2 new Biolase dental lasers - the Waterlase iPlus and the Epic X diode laser! These lasers allow us to provide a whole new level of care for our patients. With the Waterlase iPlus laser, we can be much more conservative in restoring teeth that have cavities - usually WITHOUT the need for anesthetic (no shots!). What this means for you is faster, more conservative treatment in most cases with less discomfort and no numb lip!

Both of these lasers also allow us to provide low level laser therapy to the soft tissues of the mouth and face. Low level laser therapy has been used in medicine for years to speed up healing from minor surgical procedures, treat muscle and joint pain, and treat chronic inflammatory diseases such as lichen planus. These lasers also work great to easily and comfortably treat canker sores in the mouth and cold sores on the lips.

And finally, the Biolase diode laser also does a great job in quickly and comfortably whitening your teeth without the post-whitening sensitivity that is common with other whitening techniques.

We are happy and proud to be able to offer this level of care to our patient family and expand the services we can offer.

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