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Hermey the Elf, DDG

December 3rd, 2014

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Many of you may be familiar with Hermey the Elf, the beloved elf in the movie Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer who had a passion for dentistry and helping others.  You may not know, however, that just last month, Hermey was named a DDG - Dental Do Gooder - by the president of the American Dental Association (ADA), Maxine Feinberg, DDS.

The ADA is featuring Hermey the Elf, DDG on their website, which also includes a dental health trivia quiz, coloring sheets for children, and a chance to win a Hermey prize package.

As 2014 draws to an end, we encourage kids and their parents to come in for a routine cleaning and examination if they have not already.  It's a great way to start off the new year with a healthy mouth!

Falling Asleep Without Brushing Your Teeth?

November 13th, 2014

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Hopefully all of you have the good habit of brushing your teeth right before you sleep, but we know that there are nights when you feel too tired to even think about brushing those pearly whites.  So how bad is it if you don't brush your teeth before bed every so often?

The Huffington Post has a great article that addresses this question.  The short answer?  It's bad, and you should always brush (and floss!) your teeth before you sleep every night.  Failing to do so even once can start the cavity and gum disease process, even if you brush the following night!

We recommend brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy.  Coming in to our office for regular exams (every 3-6 months, depending on the person) will also help maintain a beautiful smile.

Blue Friday!

October 24th, 2014

Dr. Egger and Dr. Chang are ready for the Seahawks v. Panthers game this Sunday.  Who will you be cheering for??  We hope you all have a great weekend!

Electric Toothbrushes: Are They Worth It?

October 15th, 2014

What we know about keeping your teeth and gums healthy hasn't changed much in the past 80 or so years. All it really takes is a toothbrush, some floss, and the correct methods for using those tools to maintain great oral care.

In the 1960s, the first models of electric toothbrushes entered the market, and of course, they were more expensive than traditional manual toothbrushes. Ever since then, people have wondered: "Is it worth the extra money to purchase and use an electric toothbrush over a manual one?"

There are two ways to answer this question: a short way and a long way. I will attempt to do both.

The short answer:
Yes, electric toothbrushes are worth the extra money for almost everyone.

The long answer:
Studies have shown that 90% of the general population don't use proper tooth brushing techniques when brushing their teeth. Either people brush too hard, too softly, don't make the proper circular movements along with the "sweeping up" motion, don't brush for the necessary two minutes, or simply neglect certain teeth that are harder to reach.

Brushing by hand results in around 300 strokes per minute, while electric brushes rotate anywhere from 3,000 to 7,500 times per minute and sonic brushes produce 40,000 strokes per minute. The ability to produce that many strokes per minute can be incredibly helpful for people who have trouble using their hands, including some children and elderly.

The majority of electric toothbrushes nowadays have built-in timers that will alert you when two minutes of brushing is up. This is tremendously helpful for people who lose track of time, or who, like most of us, are in a rush to brush their teeth and therefore have a tendency to make time go faster in their heads. If you are a manual toothbrush user, time yourself next time you brush, and see if it actually takes two minutes. It may end up seeming longer than you think! And yes, I'm just as guilty of that as the next person!

The bottom line is that you should find something that gets the plaque and food debris off of your teeth effectively every day. A manual toothbrush, when used properly and for the correct amount of time, can do this well. However, in an age when we are always in a rush and are so easily distracted, having an automated system to help us brush with effective strokes and a proper timer is essential. Therefore, we recommend that all of our patients use electric toothbrushes, simply because more often than not, we are not brushing effectively with just a manual toothbrush.