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Reasons to Not Use Electric Toothbrushes
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
Many people opt for an electric toothbrush instead of a traditional toothbrush, believing that an electrical gadget must certainly be more effective than a standard brush. While an electric toothbrush can provide many wonderful benefits, there are a few reasons why you might want to stick with your normal brush. The Cost of an Electric Toothbrush Taking care of your teeth doesn't have to be expensive, but with an electric toothbrush, you may end up paying more than necessary. An electric toothbrush is a bigger investment than the traditional version. Plus, you need to factor in the cost of accessories, as some brushes sell toothbrush heads separately. Take all of these factors into consideration when you determine the cost of your brush. Too Aggressive In some cases, an electric toothbrush may be too aggressive for your mouth. If you have enamel erosion or other dental issues, we may recommend the use of a soft-bristled traditional toothbrush instead. If you are concerned about this, please call our office to discuss whether an electric toothbrush might be right for you. Portability and Durability Do you travel frequently for your job or for recreation? If so, an electric toothbrush may become cumbersome to tote around. It isn't as easy to slip into your suitcase as a traditional toothbrush. Plus, it is more fragile, and dropping it can lead to signi ficant damage. As a reminder, electric toothbrushes can be quite expensive, so replacing a brush after a simple drop can be costly. Electricity and Charging An electric toothbrush requires an outlet to charge. You may find it hard to remember to charge your brush, and you may want to consider the possible danger of placing an electric toothbrush near the watery surface of your sink. We want to help you to keep your teeth clean and healthy, and the right toothbrush is an important factor. Let us help you to choose the right toothbrush. Call us today to set up your next appointment....
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How to Tell if You Are Getting a Dental Abscess
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
Getting a dental abscess is a very serious matter. Unlike many minor dental issues, such as minor cavities, chips in the enamel, or small cracks in the teeth, a dental abscess is not something that you can wait to get treatment for. In fact, if it is left without treatment, a dental abscess can cause serious illness and can even be life-threatening. With this in mind, it is important you know the signs of a dental abscess to watch for. Here are just a few of them. If you think you may be suffering from any type of dental abscess, be sure to contact us right away. What is a Dental Abscess? Before talking about the symptoms, you need to know what a dental abscess is. Essentially, it is an infection in a part of your tooth that progresses to the point where you form a pocket of bodily fluids (such as pus) in a part of the tooth. A dental abscess can be dangerous because of the toxins in the pus. If these elements manage to get into your bloodstream, they can cause problems throughout the body. They can make you sick and even threaten your life. Symptoms to Look For Keep in mind that a dental abscess is an infection. So, look for classic signs of an infection. If you have a spot on your jaw that is swollen, red, warm to the touch, and or feels like it is throbbing, you may be developing a dental abscess. Other symptoms include pain that gets worse when you lay down, or pain that seems to radiate through your jaw and even your neck. If you develop a funny or foul taste in your mouth, it may be a sign of an abscess. Persistent bad breath, pain when you bite or chew, and a tooth that is discolored or loose could also indicate this condition. If you have an abscess, or even think you may be getting one, come see us immediately. We'll be happy to help get you back on your feet again....
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Ideal Foods for Stress Reduction So You Can Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
If you are a teeth grinder, you are not alone. It is estimated that at least 10% of the population in the United States grind or clench their teeth at night. Teeth grinding or clenching means that you wake up with facial pain, chipped, cracked or broken teeth and headaches. Want some help for teeth grinding that doesn't involve medication or inserts in your mouth. Keep reading. We have some ideas for you. What is Bruxism? Bruxism is the technical term for teeth clenching or teeth grinding at night. Often, people who clench or grind their teeth do it because of stress or anxiety. There are many remedies to combat bruxism, but many people don't like the side effects. For example, some doctors prescribe muscle relaxants to combat teeth clenching or grinding. Also, appliances are available to help relax your jaw and prevent teeth grinding and clenching. However, many people don't like wearing appliances in their mouths at night. A Natural Alternative for Teeth Grinding Instead of using appliances or muscle relaxants to combat teeth grinding, many people prefer to use a natural method instead. Magnesium has been shown to relax the jaw muscles and improve teeth clenching and grinding. You can take magnesium supplements to relax your jaw muscles. You can also relax your muscles by eating foods loaded with magnesium. Examples of foods with loads of magnesium include: all leafy greens, seeds, nuts, avocados, bananas, fish, beans and whole grains. Research has shown that people need about 360mg of magnesium daily, and if you have bruxism, you may need closer to 500 mg. However, all of the foods that contain magnesium are good for you, and you could incorporate them as part of your daily diet. Getting magnesium from natural sources means you improve your overall health as well as your dental health. If you want more information about bruxism and how to control it naturally, why not give us a call? We love to talk teeth!...
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All Posts:
Reasons to Not Use Electric Toothbrushes
6/20/2019
How to Tell if You Are Getting a Dental Abscess
6/10/2019
Ideal Foods for Stress Reduction So You Can Stop Grinding Your Teeth
5/25/2019
Ideal Foods for Stress Reduction So You Can Stop Grinding Your Teeth
5/25/2019
Your Teeth Love It When You Snack on Vegetables
5/15/2019
Your Teeth Love It When You Snack on Vegetables
5/15/2019
Is 30 Minutes the Right Amount of Time to Wait to Brush?
4/25/2019
Is 30 Minutes the Right Amount of Time to Wait to Brush?
4/20/2019
Invisalign Questions You May Want to Ask Us
4/15/2019
Invisalign Questions You May Want to Ask Us
4/10/2019
Teeth That Shift During the Night Often Have a Reason
3/30/2019
Teeth That Shift During the Night Often Have a Reason
3/25/2019
How Can You Tell If You Are Starting to Develop a Cavity?
3/20/2019
How Can You Tell If You Are Starting to Develop a Cavity?
3/15/2019
Benefits of Using Waxed Floss
2/25/2019
About to Be in Pictures? Here Are Some Quick Tips to Brighten Your Smile!
2/15/2019
Times When You Should Avoid a Fluoride Treatment
1/30/2019
Things You May Not Even Realize Your Teeth Are Trying to Tell You
1/15/2019
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