Why Power Toothbrushes Are Better

Features
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have noticed a growing popularity in electric tooth brushes.  You might have thought these were just a gimmick, but studies do show that electric tooth brushes do provide superior plaque removal.

Additionally, with so many different types and features available, it’s easy to find one that suits your specific oral health needs.

Superior Action
A study done in 2005 found that brushes that used rotation oscillation removed more plaque and reduced gingivitis significantly more than with manual brushes.

Ease of Use
It goes without saying that a power toothbrushes offer a convenience factor that manual brushes do not.  A manual tooth brush requires manual action back and forth along your teeth; and many people do not brush their teeth in the correct manner.  Power toothbrushes take all of the manual action and guess work out of brushing.  You can always feel comfortable that your teeth are getting a thorough cleaning every time you brush.

Features
Power tooth brushes are full of features to make them even easier to use.  Most come with a charging holder that conveniently sits on the counter and charges them when they are not in use.  They generally come with a full array of features including: interchangeable heads with varying bristle stiffness, varying brushing modes for sensitive teeth and gum messaging action, pressure sensors to signal when you are brushing too hard, and digital reminders of when you need to change your head.

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Need A Filling – Don’t Worry its Almost Painless

Unfortunately, tooth decay is a part of life for most of us; and at that point a filling is necessary to prevent further damage.

When You Need a Filling
Many people have lots of anxiety about going to the dentist; however, the fact is in recent advancements in dental technology the process of getting a filling has become nearly painless.

Expectations
The first thing that needs to be done when you suspect a cavity is to schedule a visit with your dentist. He will most likely examine the tooth, press on it a little bit; and take x-rays. Also if you do need a filling, you should have a conversation with your dentist about what sort of filling is going to be used. There are a lot more option in fillings then there were a decade ago. They vary in appearance, cost, and function, so the best option needs to be discussed. Some different fillings available are gold, amalgam, composite, ceramic, and glass ionomers.

Anesthesia
When the time arrives to get your filling the dentist will numb the area with some anesthesia. Dentists attempt to make the procedure as comfortable and painless as possible. Often times they will use a rub to numb the pain from the shot that they use to inject the anesthesia.

Types of Drills
When the area is numb, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth with a specialized instrument. What they will use will depend on the severity, most often it is a drill but more dentists are beginning to use other methods such as air abrasion and lasers.

Air abrasion is a newer technique that uses a handheld device that spays a very small stream of aluminum oxide onto the decayed portion. This is typically used for small cavities and is a painless procedure.

Cleaning
After the cavity is cleaned out, your dentist will clean the area. Additionally, if the cavity is deap they may put a liner over the cavity before applying the filling. This is done to protect the nerve.

Polishing
Once the filling is installed your dentist will clean and polish your filling. You will feel numb for a couple hours after your dentist visit, but after that you will be back to normal and pain free.

Study shows dental implants are safe substitutes for natural teeth

When a person loses a tooth, either through an accident or poor oral health, it is often replaced with a dental implant. Dental implants are made to look like a natural tooth, allowing patients to continue to enjoy the same appearance and functioning they did before the loss. Although previous research led dental practitioners to believe that implants can disrupt the tissue and bone structure in a patient’s mouth, a study published in the Journal of Periodontology has shed new light on the implants.

Researchers found that most of a patient’s bone remodeling occurred after the implant was placed and before the final prosthesis was inserted. Further, they found that the bone changed very little in the following five years. This is significant because it solidifies the use of dental implants as safe substitutes for natural teeth. Talk to a dentist on your True Dental Discounts dental plan if you think you may be a good candidate for dental implants; implants can restore your confidence in the way you look, speak, and eat.