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October is National Dental Hygiene Month

In Dental Care on October 11, 2011 at 4:30 AM

In addition to October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dental practices across the land will be celebrating proper dental hygiene the entire month!

In honor of this dental-centric October occasion, we’d like to take this opportunity to showcase some seemingly obvious, but far too often overlooked, dental hygiene facts, courtesy of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene.

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Brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day remains a critical component to maintaining a healthy smile.

Studies have shown that brushing for two minutes is perhaps the single most important step an individual can take to reduce plaque build-up and the risk of plaque-associated diseases, such as cavities and gingivitis.

Floss Daily

Proper flossing or interdental cleaning removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended. toothbrush_national_dental_hygiene_month

Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline, where periodontal disease often begins.

Studies have revealed that only 16% of 961 periodontal patients followed over an eight-year period, complied with the recommended maintenance schedules.

Click the link to learn more about what to expect at your next Dental Hygiene Appointment.

Remember to floss daily, and brush for 2 mins per day – 2x day!

This simple oral health care regimen will not only lead to a happier encounter with our dental hygienists, and a healthier smile, we could also go a long way toward protecting ourselves against future maladies, such as heart disease, stroke, or diabetes.

Man Bites Dog!

In Dental Care on August 11, 2011 at 4:30 AM

With the economy in the tank and the stock market exhibiting more volatility than a Philadelphia sporting event, we bring you this financial examination of how we can actually save money by going to the dentist.

And according to this recent story from The Boston Herald, our canine friends can even benefit from regular dental cleanings and oral examinations.

For most of us, when it comes to dental insurance, the average coverage amounts provided are usually just enough to cover costs of our regular thrice yearly office visits. A typical exam, oral cancer screening, tartar or calculus scraping, followed by a visibly effective cleaning and polish, usually does the trick to keep our teeth happy and healthy until our next semi-annual dental experience.

That is IF we’ve kept up those regular visits, and IF we maintain the daily brushing and flossing regimen that some of us severely violate – at least on the flossing end.

Most of us can rest easy knowing our dental insurance pretty much covers all those normal costs associated with a typical 4 or 6 month check-up and exam rotation.

The key to saving money by properly maintaining optimal oral health comes down to two basic elements.

1.       Keep up with the regular dental appointments – whether you’re of the every 6 month group, or the heavy coffee indulging, dentally over-achieving every 4 month group.

Keep the appointments. Keep your teeth and gums healthy. Keep more hard-earned money in your pocket!

2.       Brush and floss between visits – does this one really need to be said, we’ve all been beaten over the head with this one…but some of us just remain dentally stubborn until we realize the folly of our ways.

And that folly usually costs us more in time and finances than if we simply did the right thing to begin with.

The underlying principle here that equally applies to dental health as it does to finances – at least in this blog post – is this;

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – thanks Ben Franklin

Properly maintaining the daily brushing and flossing in combination with keeping the regular dental appointments will ultimately save us more money than not going to the dentist at all.

This holds true for dogs as it does for dentally irresponsible humans!

We can be stubborn, irresponsible, and forgetful; we as humans have the ability to reason.

 

Can Justin Bieber Make Your Kids Brush Their Teeth?

In Dental Products on May 3, 2011 at 4:30 AM

The hottest news off the dental entertainment wire since David After Dentist, the new Justin Bieber signature toothbrush has arrived!

We can now take pleasure in expanding our twice daily ritual of mandatory brushing while enjoying our favorite Bieber tunes at the same time.  The best part is, all of this new and exciting dental news is not just for kids, teen and adult brushes are available too. Even if you’re not a music fan, it looks like there are other versions of talking and kid-centric toothbrushes available.

All joking aside, whatever gets kids to pay more attention to their oral health and possibly extend the time they take brushing their teeth, we’re all for it.

According to the Brush Buddies™ company website; on average a person only brushes their teeth for 45 – 75 seconds, far below the optimal 120 seconds. Even worse, the average person doesn’t even know how to properly brush and for how long.

And if any new Moms out there are wondering when to first start brushing, take it from the Academy of General Dentistry:

It’s never too early for parents to encourage their youngsters to start using toddler toothbrushes. “As soon as they’re reaching and grabbing for things, they’re ready for it,” says Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Bob Roesch, DDS, MAGD. “It familiarizes children with having a toothbrush in their mouths, and they like to mimic their parents.”

“Parents need to be good role models,” says Dr. Roesch. “They need to take good care of their own teeth and make dental care part of the daily routine for the whole family.

Will the Bieber brush be part of your family’s daily dental health regimen?

Maybe it won’t be music to your ears every morning and every night, but at least your kids will be taking better care of their teeth. Or at least that’s the goal right?

What other possibilities could we imagine emanating from one of our most trusted and relied upon dental health accessories?

We can picture it now…the Oscar Mayer toothbrush with bologna flavored toothpaste.