You might think brushing gently twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist regularly make sense for good oral health.
But the health of your mouth could affect the health of your whole body. More and more evidence shows a strong association between gum disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, poor pregnancy outcomes, and other conditions. Some early research has even found a higher risk for certain cancers. Continue reading How Gum Disease Affects Your Health
Electric toothbrushes have been widely touted, and indeed they can be equally effective as — or in some cases even more than — manual brushes when used consistently. A variety of studies have been done comparing different power toothbrushes, and while there is agreement that power brushes are safe, results in plaque-removing capabilities of the various devices have varied.
Understanding the Research
An analysis conducted by an independent nonprofit organization, Reference by Harvard University. compared various types of electric toothbrushes. Researchers systematically sorted through the data from studies done from 1966 to 2004 that compared power brushes’ effectiveness at removing plaque, maintaining gum health, and removing stains, as well as their dependability and adverse effects. The power brushes were divided into seven groups based on how they worked.
They found that most of the power toothbrushes were no more effective than manual toothbrushes. Just one type of brush — the rotation oscillation design (where the brush heads rotate in one direction and then the other) — was consistently better at removing plaque and reducing gingivitis (gum inflammation) than a manual toothbrush. Examples of the rotation oscillation action include brushes in the Braun Oral-B Triumph and Professional Care product lines.
Who Needs an Electric Brush?
An electric toothbrush can be particularly helpful for people who have trouble reaching all corners of their mouth. For example, power brushes are useful for people with braces, parents brushing their young children’s teeth, and individuals with mental or physical disabilities that impair dexterity. The thicker handle on power models also is a plus for some older people and people with arthritis who have difficulty grasping the thinner shaft of a manual brush.
But ultimately the best brush may simply be the one you feel most comfortable with. If you have questions, bring your toothbrush to your next dental visit so your dentist can examine it. While you’re at it, demonstrate your brushing technique so your dentist or hygienist can make sure you are brushing correctly.
While snoring maybe something we laugh about in the movies or on TV, in real life it can literally be life threatening.
For some people, snoring can develop into Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition in which moments are experienced during sleep when breathing completely stops. When you consider that this may happen more than 50 times an hour during sleep, you can clearly see how destructive this can be to overall health. In fact, the risks of undiagnosed OSA include heart attacks, strokes, impotence, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and heart disease. On a positive note, there are treatment options that can help. In addition to exercising and losing weight if you are over the normal range, there is more that can be done quite simply.
Did you know that a dentist trained in sleep disorders can play a key role in your treatment? One way is by making an oral appliance, a custom device that is similar to a retainer or sports mouthpiece, that is worn during sleep. To learn more about sleep apnea and your treatment options, discuss them with your dentist during your next routine exam.
You brush and floss daily and don’t snack on sugary treats, yet you’ve had your fair share of cavities. Your friend, on the other hand, is lax with the dental hygiene and lives on energy drinks and junk food, yet rarely has a cavity. What gives? Continue reading Are you More Prone to Cavities ?
Dental abscess is characterized by pus formation in the teeth or the gums. This infection may occur either in the gums or the apex (tip) of the tooth. It usually occurs due to a bacterial infection which may enter the mouth through food, thus causing accumulation of plaque. If the plaque is not removed by following proper dental hygiene, then it may result in abscess.
Continue reading Dental Abscess – Causes And Symptoms
You’re headed in for your regular cleaning or for a root canal procedure. The last thing you want is to go home with an illness or infection.
Well, that’s the last thing your dentist wants, too. That’s why your dental office takes steps to protect you and keep the staff healthy as well.
Continue reading How Your Dentist Keeps You Safe from Disease- Infection control
Having a dental emergency can be scary. But knowing what to do may help relieve some of your anxiety. Here are some general guidelines to follow for common dental emergencies.
Continue reading Dental Emergencies: Know What to Do
Anemia is a condition in which your red blood cell count is lower than normal. Anemia also occurs when your red blood cells don’t contain enough of the iron-rich protein hemoglobin, which gives blood its red hue. Hemoglobin helps red blood cells transport oxygen throughout your body.
Continue reading The Oral Effects of Anemia
Bleeding Gums ,Periodontitis is an early warning sign of liver disease, which is a warning sign of pre-diabetes, then Type 2 diabetes.
The last place you would ever expect getti ng an early diagnosis of diabetes is at the dentist’s office. Yet the more we learn about the connection between oral health and overall health and understand that the mouth tells its own story about what’s going on in the body, it could very well become a reality that your dentist could warn you of the early onset of diabetes. This will not only help to prevent tooth loss, which is common with progression of periodontitis, it may just save your life. Continue reading Bleeding Gums are a Warning Sign.