The research says…yes! Electric brushes remove 11% more plague, reduce gingivitis by 6%, and reduce gum bleeding by 17% compared with manual brushes. They can get to areas that are harder to reach with a manual toothbrush and can remove more plague and bacteria. There are some that come with a timer which will also ensure that you brush the appropriate length of time. Electric brushes with “oscillating rotating technology (bushes that rotate in one direction, then the other) are slightly more effective at reducing plague and gingivitis than those that move from side to side. If you prefer to go unplugged don’t stress. If you brush with a manual toothbrush properly and for the full two minutes, you should be able to do as good a job as you would with an electric. Dr. Platt or our hygienests will be able to answer any questions you may have about manual and/or electric toothbrushes at your hygiene visit. More about brushing to come…stay tuned!
Patients choose hard bristles when we should all be using soft or extra soft to prevent gum damage and recession. (Hard brushes are usually used on dentures, not human teeth.) They brush too agressively even with a soft brush which will take its toll on gums and wear down tooth enamel. When using a manual brush, do not press hard enough to splay the bristles. If you are using an electric brush, simply turn it on and move it from tooth to tooth without pushing down. You should be bushing for at least 2 minutes whether using a manual brush or an electric one. Also be sure to brush your tongue since it harbors a lot of bacteria from what you eat and drink. That bacteria can spread to your teeth, increasing the risk of cavities, gingivits, and noxious breath! Make sure you brush the entire surface of your tongue–the front and the back. If you are storing your toothbushes in a travel case you may think that you are protecting against germs, but this actually traps the bacteria. Another no-no: tossing your toothbrush in the dishwasher which can damage the bristles so they can’t do their job. To be continued next week…
It’s one of the first health habits we learn as kids–and then teach our own children. How quickly we backslide. Twenty percent of us don’t brush our teeth twice a day, only half of us floss daily, and even faithful brushers make the mistake of scrubbing too hard damaging our gums (33 percent of us think a little bleeding when brushing is normal but it is not). The good news is that taking care of our pearly whites can be easy and even tasty. Open wide and say aaah–lelejah.! To be continued…..
Triclosan may be the most important ingredient in fluoride toothpaste.
A new study shows that triclosan, which is a bacterial agent, combines with a copolymer to decrease plaque, gingivitis and bleeding gums, triclosan has been around for a couple of decades but has recently been included in some additional studies. It also has the potential to lower the incidence of tooth decay when compared to fluoride toothpaste that doesn’t possess those substances.
The information appears in a study by The Cochrane Library.
The top causes of tooth loss are tooth decay and gingivitis are. Plaque that builds up on teeth produces both conditions after the film of the bacteria build up on teeth. When left alone, periodontitis may be the result.
The research team from the Cochrane Oral Health Group analyzed 30 studies on toothpaste containing triclosan and a copolymer to deduce the information.
The data showed a 22 percent reduction of both plaque and gingivitis, a 48 percent reduction in bleeding gums and 5 percent lowering of cavities. For periodontitis, however, there was not a major reduction of that disease.
One of the concerns with a couple of the studies was a direct or partial connection to a company that makes this type of toothpaste. Only three studies would be considered independent. But if these studies are true, this information could prove to be beneficial.
Dr. Platt uses his own bacterial agent which is pure ozone (made from medical grade oxygen) when performing treatment such as fillings, crowns, bridges and root canal treatments. The use of this agent helps kill the bacteria present so that the patient will have the best results from their treatment. Ask about ozone treatment at your next visit!
There is some information coming into the dental community, that it may be beneficial for children to be given fluoride even earlier than they receive it now, according to the American Dental Association.
Previous information suggested children normally should receive fluoride treatments for their teeth by the time they were 6. This new information, however, suggests that children should be administered fluoride even earlier. The new ADA recommendation states that children should be given fluoride as soon as their first teeth develop.
When children use fluoride toothpaste at an early age, it can lower the rate of decay, when adults use a fluoride toothpaste regularly is can also decrease the rate of decay. Research suggests that around one quarter of children develop a cavity before reaching kindergarten, which is troubling, but more children using fluoride or another alternative that can decrease the bacteria that causes decay is imperative!
At Lasting Impressions Dental Care, Dr. Platt maintains the importance of fluoride treatments in both children and adults based upon studies that show it is one source that can reduce cavities in children and adults! The area around Salt Lake City Utah has not had fluoridated drinking water for decades and remains the highest rate of decay among children and adults. There are other areas in the US that are similar and they also have a high rate of decay among their population. Fluoride is not the only way to reduce cavities but one arrow in Dr. Platt’s quiver that he can use. There are some who are opposed to fluoride usage and I know that there is some controversy, that’s why we have multiple programs to help reduce the bacteria that causes decay! It is of great significance to schedule regular check-ups and cleanings to include fluoride or another treatment to maintain good oral health. Please call our office today to schedule an appointment!
A study is showing that fatty acids from bacteria present in gum disease may cause Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS)-related lesions and tumors in the mouth. These lesions are a form of mouth cancer!
The information comes from a study by Case Western Reserve University. The researchers analyzed how by products in the form of fatty acids cause the growth of the lesions. This form of cancer usually develops in individuals who have a compromised immune system but can be seen in patients who continue to struggle with gum disease or periodontal disease.
This finding could result in early saliva testing for bacteria. The person could then possibly be treated for signs of cancer or cancer before it would become malignant and cause permanent or irreparable damage.
At Lasting Impressions, Dr. Platt recommends a yearly oral cancer screening to check for these and other lesions that are cancer forming in the mouth. Please call Laura or Carolyn at 719-528-6100 for your Velscope Cancer screening which we perform at your routine check-ups!
Our office will close to celebrate the holidays from Friday, December 19th and will return to the office Monday, January 5th 2015. Have a wonderful holiday and all the best in 2015!!
A recent study showed that periodontal disease will make someone more prone to kidney disease.
Among different races, the study showed that African Americans with normal kidney function were four times as likely to develop chronic kidney disease when compared to those without severe periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection of the oral cavity and disproportionately impacts people considered African American. It also has been pinpointed as a risk factor for CKD.
Dental anxiety can be a thing of the past!
Another study conducted by Case Western Reserve University has corroborated things that I have seen in the dental office over the past 25 years of treating patients with anxiety. The study showed that dental anxiety could cause a person to flinch even after something as simple as cotton swab makes contact with a persons gums or cheeks. There are some patients that we have treated whose anxiety has kept them from even walking in the door of a dental office because of previous memories that are brought back up just thinking about a dental office.
The only way to overcome this type of anxiety that I have seen in practice, is to come up with different or new methods of sedation. Today’s minimal and moderate sedation allows the patient to be “semi awake” or in a twilight state of sedation where the brain’s reaction to stresses like the cotton swab and things going on in their mouth are diminished to the point that they aren’t aware of the cotton swab, or aren’t aware of the work being done in their mouth. The beauty is that this same person is still able to communicate with the dentist when there is pain or discomfort so that I can help with ever is bothering the person! Isn’t that awesome!!