Do you know the warning signs of gum disease? Click here and for a description of things to be watching out for.
Did you know dental floss was first made from silk and dates back to 1882? Over three million miles of floss is purchased in North America every year!
Here's the straight scoop on toothbrushes and toothpaste from our dental hygienists Laura, Rena and Stacy...
There are so many kinds of toothbrushes on the market it can get very confusing!
Most of the manual toothbrushes are fine. Just make sure it has soft bristles. What you want to get off when you brush is plaque and food debris, and these things are easily removed with a soft-bristle brush. Things that are on your teeth that won’t come off with a soft brush (like tartar) won’t come off with a hard bristle brush either, and you can do some serious permanent damage to your gums and teeth. If tartar has formed then it’s our job to get it off for you!
If you have any questions call, e-mail, or set up an appointment. We’re always glad to talk teeth!
We like power toothbrushes. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on one; the pricier models have some nice features but most of them get the job done just tine. Just as important for most people is a water pik; these really can make a big difference!
As far as a toothpaste, look for the ADA seal of approval. Beyond that, choose one that targets your special needs. If you have sensitive teeth, for example, find one that addresses that. Whichever you chose do make sure it has fluoride in it. Don’t use too much! Most people put way more toothpaste on their brush than they need. For an adult a pea-sized dab of toothpaste is about right. Use less for kids.
Our hygienists Stacy and Laura were interviewed on KMA radio's medical talk show "House Calls." Click here to listen to a recording of the program and learn their great dental hygiene tips!
What should you look for in a toothbrush? Click the arrow below for Dr. Warner's advice in 20 seconds or less!