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Practicing The Best Dental Health Routine:

Do you think you’re taking good care of your teeth and gums? If all you do is brush your teeth at least twice a day, then you’re not doing enough. Everything might seem fine, but don’t be surprised if you suddenly get cavities or an aching tooth. You need to do quite a bit more if you want to ensure your oral health is in tiptop condition. Thankfully, it’s never too late to practice the best dental health routine.

You’re doing well if you regularly brush your teeth, but you should add flossing to the mix. Not a lot of people like to floss, thinking that it’s a cumbersome process. But you’ll do yourself a lot of favor if you keep a small container of dental floss wherever you go.

Your toothbrush fails to reach some areas between your teeth. These areas are prone to bacteria buildup because of all those food particles that get stuck. You might not realize it, but this can be to blame for your bad breath. This is also one of the most common causes of cavities.

When it comes to keeping your gums healthy, make sure you do not brush your teeth too hard. It’s safe to assume that everyone has experienced brushing while in a hurry, causing the toothbrush to slip and hurt the gums. Remember that your teeth are rooted in your gums, so you will want to keep them in good condition to prevent oral health problems.

Don’t forget that your diet is also part of your dental health routine. Your dentist has probably given you a list of what foods you should minimize or avoid completely. In general, try to limit your sugar intake. You might also want to make healthier food choices. Eating organic foods and increasing your calcium and protein intake can strengthen your teeth and gums.

Some Good Oral Hygiene Tips For Kids

Everyone knows that oral hygiene should never be underestimated. And if you want to see your kids grow up with a beautiful smile, you will probably teach them healthy habits when it comes to their teeth.

Unfortunately, kids don’t always like to follow orders. And the moment they suspect you are up to something, they will do the exact opposite just to prove a point. That’s why you have to make it as fun and exciting as it can possibly be. This is also where you need to think outside the box and discover ways to help your kids maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine.

1. Brush With Them

If you are good at keeping the “brush twice a day” routine, and you know your kids aren’t, why not get them to brush with you? When you go to the bathroom to brush your teeth, make a moment out of it. Check out these toothbrush fun facts!

2. Play Games During Brushing

Kids love turning boring things into a game. So, if you give them enough rope, they will come up with the most interesting ways to spruce up toothbrush time. For example, you can see who gets the most foam going, or who has the whitest teeth after flossing.

Try to get them engaged as best you can, but not on an obvious level. Deep down they know what you are really trying to do, but that doesn’t mean they won’t play along. After all, brushing your teeth can be loads of a fun if you do it with the right person.

3. Make Oral Hygiene Part Of The Discussion

Nobody can blame kids for being forgetful. With all those wonderful and curious thoughts rushing around, how can they possibly remember something like brushing teeth?

A good oral hygiene tip for kids is to make brushing and flossing part of the regular discussion. It doesn’t necessarily have to make sense, but it needs to come up regularly enough so that your kid should expect it. And when they expect it, they remember to brush.

Make sure to teach your kids the right techniques for brushing, in addition to flossing. Encourage them to take care of their teeth, because nobody wants to lose their smile as they get older. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is the only way to do that. Plus, don’t you forget to take them to the dentist for regular checkups.

Oral Hygiene Tips for The Elderly

Your dental health is an important marker of your general health. For this reason, keeping your teeth and gums in good condition is a must as you get older.

Brushing and flossing are something that everyone should do on a regular basis, but it can get harder for people to do this as they get older if they have mobility issues. In addition, if you have dentures, then you will need to take proper care of those because it is easy for bacteria to build up on dentures, which could be harmful to your health.

Crowns, caps, fillings and false teeth need particular care as well. You may find that you need to adjust your diet to avoid certain foods that might damage them.

It is also important to look at getting regular check-ups so that you know that your teeth are in good condition and that your gums are healthy. This is important at any age, but as you get older your gums may heal more slowly and your teeth are more li…
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Dealing With Tooth Pain

Identify and Treat Tooth Pain

Most people will experience tooth pain at some point, but that pain can be caused by any number of problems. It may be a very light pain that’s more discomfort than anything else, or it could be excruciating pain that you would do anything to get rid of right away.

There are not just different levels of pain, but different types as well. For some people, their teeth will only hurt when they drink something cold or when they use a particular tooth to bite food. For others, there is a constant throbbing pain that they can’t seem to get rid of. There are reasons for all of these, and we are going to look at some of the most common types of tooth pain and what you need to do to treat them.

Get Help

First of all, before we talk about the different types of pain you can experience, let’s make it clear that it is important to contact your dentist if the pain persists. If you have tooth pain for more than few days, and especially if the becomes worse, then you need to contact your dentist and set up an appointment as soon as possible. There could be a serious problem that your dentist needs to address, and if the pain hasn’t gone away in few days, then it is likely only going to get worse. It’s better to take care of it as soon as you can instead of waiting it out and hoping it will get better on its own.

Tooth Decay

The major cause of toothaches is tooth decay. This means that the protective layer around the tooth, known as enamel, has started to wear off and the core of the tooth is rotting.

This creates cavities or holes in the teeth that will only become bigger and bigger over time. The best way to deal with this is to go directly to your dentist. You can look for cavities yourself in the mirror. Just look or any dark spaces in the center of the teeth that are bothering you. Probably the first sign that you have a cavity will be the pain when you bite down on food with that tooth, particularly if the food gets inside of the hole. That means that the food is mashing against the sensitive tooth interior and possibly the root of the tooth, and that can cause incredible pain. Your teeth may also hurt when you drink very cold beverages or eat cold foods when you have a cavity. Be sure to have this problem taken care of right away. Your dentist can cap the teeth and protect the tooth interior, allowing you to eat and drink normally once more.

Tooth Infection

If tooth decay is allowed to continue, then the teeth can become infected, resulting in greater pain. If the infection spreads and becomes severe enough, then it can require removal of the tooth. Tooth infection pain is one of the worst kinds of toothaches you will ever feel, and it needs to be dealt with immediately. Do not allow it to continue, or the infection could spread further and create larger problems for you.

You may also experience jaw pain from the infected tooth. A serious tooth infection can hurt the surrounding tissue, including the jawbone and gums. Even your sinuses, ears and heart can be affected by severe tooth infections. That’s why it is so important to treat this problem right away.

A tooth infection may not be painful in all instances, so just because your tooth doesn’t hurt, that doesn’t mean you don’t have an infection. When the tooth is infected, the soft tissue may become inflamed and your gums may swell up. Your dentist may need to clean out and file down the interior of the tooth and then seal it so that nothing else can get inside.

Your tooth should be able to function normally after the dentist seals it. The earlier you catch this problem, the faster and easier the dentist will be able to repair it, which is why it is important to visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist can find problems with your teeth that you might not have noticed, like the beginnings of an infection or cavity. Before the pain even starts, your dentist can handle the problem with preemptive care, and if your dentist can do that, then it will save you from a lot of excruciating pain.

Handling the Pain

Your dentist may not be able to take care of your underlying problem right away. If you have a cavity or abscess (infection), then the dentist may need to do some cleaning and prep work during the first visit, and then place the cap or filling on the next visit. This means that you will spend some more time in pain with the damaged tooth.

The dentist may prescribe you medication if the pain is severe enough, but the dentist will often recommend that you simply take some aspirin to deal with the pain, when necessary. You may not need to take painkillers throughout the day, but it’s a good idea to have some on hand for when you accidentally bite down on the hurt tooth or the pain just starts shooting out on its own. Most of your tooth pain problems can be solved within two visits, and then you should experience complete tooth pain relief…
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8 Facts About Electric Toothbrushes

Here Are 8 Great Facts About Electronic Toothbrushes

A lot of people love electric toothbrushes but there are still many that do not know whether it is worth buying one. You probably know about a few of the benefits of electric toothbrushes, but you will want to know about a few facts. Below are facts about electric toothbrushes, and some may be common knowledge, while others are not. With that said, check out these facts before you decide whether or not you should get this type of toothbrush.

1. It was in the 60s when the first electric toothbrush arrived in the United States, but the very first one was invented in Switzerland. The person who invented it was a doctor by the name of Philippe Guy Woog. His toothbrushes were first manufactured in Switzerland and eventually in France for the company Broxo SA, which is one of the reasons the first one was called Broxodent.
When the electric toothbrush arrived in America, it was still called Broxodent but the company that marketed it was Squibb. However, throughout the years many other brands have emerged and today there are dozens and dozens of brands that produce and market electric toothbrushes. Not only that, but the devices have come a long way in terms of features because today they feature compact designs, quality bristles, and rechargeable batteries to name a few.

2. The first electric toothbrush didn’t have rechargeable batteries. As previously mentioned, today’s products do usually have rechargeable batteries, which means you can use it without plugging it in, which wasn’t the case with the Broxodent. In fact, you have to plug it into a wall outlet. Line voltage is what powered the toothbrush.

3. Electric toothbrushes are available in two types, regardless of the many brands that sell them. It doesn’t matter how these toothbrushes are marketed, they generally fall into two main categories. Those two categories is sonic and electric, and both have their own set of benefits. Keep in mind that even though the toothbrushes fall into one of those categories, some are far better than others and have more features, even if they are in the same category.
Electric toothbrushes are designed to replicate hand motions, which means it does the bulk of the work for you when it comes to brushing your teeth. The toothbrush can rotate from anywhere from 3000 motions per minute to 7,500, which is not something you can do brushing manually. Also, the bristles on electric ones will either move back and forth or rotate.
Sonic toothbrushes are considered to be a subset of electric ones, but they are far faster. In fact, the top sonic toothbrushes are capable of delivering up to 40,000 strokes every single minute when using an electric toothbrush properly. These brushes are known for their rapid motion, which is one of the reasons they are so effective at removing plaque.

4. When compared to regular toothbrushes, electric ones are far faster, which we previously mentioned. However, to put things in perspective, when you brush your teeth manually and properly, then you can deliver around 250-350 strokes every single minute. This means if you spend two minutes brushing your teeth, the chances are you won’t be able to hit your teeth with more than 700 strokes. When it comes to regular toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes, electric ones are far more effective at cleaning your teeth because of how fast they are at delivering strokes.

5. Pressure sensors are found on some electric toothbrushes, which is a useful feature because they will prevent you from applying too much pressure to your teeth when you brush them. If you brush too hard and aggressively, then your enamel could become damaged, and so can your gums. Sensors will usually make a sound to warn you that you are going to hard, while some electric toothbrushes’ sensors will stop the bristles from moving. If you do get an electric toothbrush, then consider buying one that has a pressure sensor because it could help you prevent damage to your teeth and gums.

6. There are a few studies that show electric toothbrushes do a better job at reducing plaque buildup and at reducing your risk of gingivitis. In fact, there was a study in 2003 that took a look at electric toothbrushes and the conclusion was that using them resulted in less incidents of gingivitis and less plaque buildup when compared to brushing your teeth the regular way. However, it is worth pointing out that the same study showed that brushing your teeth manually and using powered brushes can both be effective, but only when you brush your teeth properly.

7. Bluetooth capability is found on some electric toothbrushes, and this is relatively new technology in regards how it is used with the toothbrushes. If you use an electric toothbrush that has Bluetooth, then data can be sent from the toothbrush to an app and then you can see how much pressure you use…
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Baby Teeth 101

What You Should Know about Baby Teeth

Baby teeth may fall about after a while, but they serve some very important functions during the first few years of life. Let’s look at some of the most commonly asked questions about baby teeth to better understand these vital, transitional baby parts.

Your Baby’s First Teeth

Baby teeth first begin forming before your child is even born. You may not see them right away in your newborn, but they will be growing under the gums. The first teeth will probably begin to peek out between six and eight months, but it varies from one child to the next. They won’t necessarily appear in a specific frequency after that. However, your child should have all their baby teeth in by age three.

That initial set of teeth is great for eating all sorts of foods. Typically, the first teeth that appear will be the front ones. These are the central incisors, and the top and bottom ones should appear in rapid succession. After that, the teeth will usually start to appear from around the incisors and work their way backward, with lateral incisors and canines following within about a year after the central incisors.

By the time your baby has about four teeth on the top and four on the bottom, they should be able to eat just about anything that isn’t very tough. Crackers, cookies, meats, vegetables, fruits and much more should all start becoming a part of their regular diet.

When will your Child get Their Full Set of Teeth

Somewhere between a year and a half and three years, your baby should get their first and second set of molars. That finishes off the baby teeth set and gives your baby twenty teeth. The third set of molars is reserved for adult teeth, and are also called wisdom teeth.

At this point, your child should be able to eat just about anything with ease.

While new teeth are coming in, though, with each new tooth, your child will experience teething pain. They may want to bite down on anything they can put in their mouth. Teething rings and other tough items made for biting are good for working the pain out of their gums. Popsicles and other cold foods and beverages also help dull the pain. You can also rub Orajel or a similar product on your child’s gums to provide pain relief. Consult your dentist before using any medication on your small child, though.

Caring for Baby Teeth

Baby teeth will need extra special care. While they will be replaced with adult teeth later, they are meant to last the child for several years, so if they fall out prematurely, your child will have trouble eating, speaking and performing other basic functions.

You’ll need to take care of the child’s teeth by brushing them regularly. You want to be careful about using harsh brushing techniques. You can’t clean and care for baby teeth the same way you care for you own. You should use toothpaste and a toothbrush that are specially designed for baby teeth. Baby toothpaste is gentle and tastes pleasant, so that the child won’t be averse to having their teeth brash.

You should brush the tops, back and front of the teeth as well as the tongue, and then rinse out the child’s mouth to ensure all the toothpaste is removed. Brush gently and in a circular motion to remove plaque. You can even have your child help, teaching them to take some joy in brushing and caring for their teeth.

There is a condition that affects baby teeth known as baby bottle tooth decay or early childhood caries. This generally occurs when babies are given a bottle of milk at bedtime and then don’t have their teeth brushed or mouth rinsed afterward. The sugar in the milk pools around their teeth and gums and builds up acid that decays teeth.

The easiest way to prevent this problem is to simply brush the child’s teeth after their bedtime bottle or wipe their teeth and gums with a wet cloth. This will remove the sugar and protect the teeth for longer.
Remember that babies need to keep the same teeth until they are as old as twelve. By then, all their adult teeth should have come in, but parents should be giving their teeth just as much care as they would their adult teeth. That means that they need to be brushing them twice a day and making sure that the child eats a healthy and balanced diet that includes plenty of vegetables.

One of the better ways to prevent early childhood worries mentions one of the best dentists in Newington CT, is to make sure the child drinks nothing but water between meals. All juices, milk and their drinks that contain sugar should be saved for mealtime, where they are less likely to build up sugar around the teeth and gums. Brushing after every meal is ideal, and don’t forget to brush after the last bottle of milk at night.

Time for New Teeth

Your baby’s teeth will eventually fall out. It won’t happen all at once, but one by one (and sometimes two by two) the teeth will start to wiggle and shake and become loose. You don’t need to pull t…
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Water Flosser or String Floss: Which is Best?

Dental health is very important and has been shown to affect the general health of a person. This is why it is important to practice oral hygiene by keeping your teeth clean and going for regular check-ups. There are some people who don’t see the need to go to their Newington dentist unless they have a dental problem. This is never a good approach because you will be increasing the risks of dental problems and be forced to spend a lot more on treatment. You will also go through a lot of pain, and in some instances losing your teeth.

People have different routines, but they all come down to keeping teeth clean and doing it in the right way. Flossing has become a common practice, with some people doing it after every meal. Whatever you prefer to eat, there will be a point when food will get stuck in the teeth. The initial reaction is to brush your teeth to remove them, but flossing will prove to be far much convenient. Many people use a string to floss their teeth, but there are people who have decided to adopt a new way to floss, water flossing. American Dental Association recommends flossing once a day, although it is often overlooked. With many options in the market, you will find a quality product you are comfortable using.

What’s the Difference between using a Water Flosser and String Floss?

Traditional String Floss

There is a wide range of dental floss in the market, waxes, unwaxed, dental tape, that come in a container that has a long continuous thread. When you want to floss, you break off a long piece of about 18 inches and wound it around the fingers. You then work it gently between the teeth and also between the gum line and each tooth. Use a clean segment for each tooth.

For some people, it can be tricky to use traditional floss because it needs dextrous fingers to unwrap the string into a new section of floss for each tooth. It can also be a challenge to reach the crevices between the teeth in the back. There are cases of people feeling discomfort, pain, or even bleeding after using string floss.

Water Flossing

Water is another option for cleaning teeth, and it differs from traditional flossing. This process involves the use of a handheld device that removes food particles between teeth using a steady stream of water. This can be a good alternative for people who find it hard to use string floss. People who have braces can also have an easier time with water flossing.

Trying to decide between a water flosser vs string floss is not that hard. Each of the options has their own advantage and disadvantage.

What Should You Consider When it Comes to a Water Flosser vs String Floss?

When choosing between the two options, you have to put into considerations a number of factors. It is a good idea to consider the ideas because it will help you now the best one to choose.

There are some people who choose water flosser because they don’t like flossing. This won’t change anything. A good approach is to try different types of string floss because there are some that are far much easier to use than others.


String floss is far much cheaper than water flossers. A string floss will cost around five dollars while a good quality water floss can range from $30 to $70. With a string floss, you will have to buy another one and this means the cost will eventually add up. It can also cause inconvenience because you have to go to the store to get it.

Ease of Use

There are varying opinions when it comes to the ease of use comparison between the two options. There are people who say they find string floss easy to use while there are others who find it easier to use a water flosser. String floss will involve wrapping it around the finger and remove the food particles.

Water flosser, on the other hand, involves the use of a machine, and this means it is easy once you have mastered using it. People with braces or feel pain when using string floss can find it much better to use a water flosser. Here on biz even mentions that utilizing an oral irrigator like a water flosser an efficient and perfect alternative for people who have a problem using a string floss.


Most of the water flossers in the market today are electric, so you have to plug them into an outlet in your bathroom. You need to consider this because there are people who find it frustrating to use one outlet for the different electric bathroom devices. You can ask an electrician to help you fix more than one port so you can have an easier time using the water flosser. If you don’t have an outlet in your bathroom, you will have to consider using string floss because it requires no electricity.

Quality of Flossing

You will need to consider which of the two options provides better quality flossing. String flossing will provide better quality cleaning when it is compared to water flossing. While there is still a lot of …
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Removal)

What to Expect from a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Having wisdom teeth extracted is a pretty common dental procedure. Most dentists have experience performing this procedure, and you may have it done in your teenage years or as an adult. Whatever the case, there are things you should know about the extraction before having it done so you know what to expect.

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The Pain Involved With a Tooth Removal

The first thing most people want to know about any dental procedure is how much pain will be involved. Thankfully, having a tooth extracted, even one as large as a wisdom tooth, is relatively painless. The dentist will administer some form of anesthesia to numb the area. The anesthesia may only be localized, injected into the extraction site, or it can be inhaled or introduced intravenously.

You should not feel any pain during the extraction process, and depending on the kind of anesthesia used, you may not even remember most of the procedure.

Now, after the extraction, once you have left the dentist’s office, you will feel some pain. The dentist will prescribe some painkillers for you, and you need to be careful what you do to the affected area while it heals to keep it from hurting more. So long as you are careful and you take the pain meds regularly, you should feel very little pain.

How the Tooth Is Extracted

The dentist may take out the entire tooth at once or break it up into pieces. It depends on the condition of the tooth and how large it is. The dentist will make an incision in the gum to get at the root of the tooth and to extract it more easily. Also, the dentist will remove some of your bone to allow for easier access to the tooth. The extraction area will be cleaned thoroughly after the tooth is taken out, and the dentist will stitch back up any open tissue, if necessary.

The Aftermath

It can take weeks for the area to heal fully after a wisdom tooth extraction. Here you can find some great info on wisdom teeth removal recovery tips. During that time, you will have to be very gentle with the affected area. You won’t be able to brush your teeth for a day or two, and or even rinse out your mouth with water. You can apply a damp towel to your mouth if you want some relief from a dirty mouth.

You have to control what you eat and drink after the surgery as well. You should not drink carbonated beverages, coffee or anything very hot, as it can damage the healing area. You should also not smoke for several days and try to eat soft food as much as possible. You definitely want to drink a lot of water following the surgery, though, as that will help you heal faster.

We have a nice list here on what to eat after wisdom teeth removal.

The best way to heal quickly is to simply get lots of rest. When you sleep, your body is able to heal very effectively, so plan for some time off from work or school following the procedure as you recuperate.

Source article Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Removal) can be located at Green Meadow Dental.
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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a real issue affecting a large percentage of people. It’s not just kids who are afraid to go to the dentist, but adults as well. In fact, it’s estimated that about a third of all adults suffer from at least mild dental anxiety.

This fear means that the patients will have trepidation about going to their dentist and they are probably afraid of the potential pain they will feel or the invasiveness of having someone so close to them and working inside their mouth. We are going to look at two different kinds of dental anxiety that people can experience and how they may be treated.

Mild Anxiety When Visiting Your Dentists Office

The most common dental anxiety is quite mild. It is not outright terror or panic and it can be treated in several ways and with minimal effort.

One of the most effective methods for treating mild dental anxiety is through breathing exercises. Patients can simply breathe in deeply through their nose and then let the breath out slowly. This will oxygenate the blood, relax the body and calm the nerves. This can be useful when the dentist is working on them as well, as it can help the patient overcome their fear of having things inside their mouth.

It can also help for the patients to talk to their dentist in Newington. They may not be able to carry on a conversation while the dentist is working, but before they get started, while the dentist and dental technician are preparing everything, the patient can get to know the dentist, find out what they are doing and develop a relationship with them. This will allow them to be more comfortable when their dentist is working.

Severe Anxiety When Seeing Your Dentist

This far less common form of dental anxiety needs more extreme measures to be treated effectively. While the techniques mentioned above can certainly help, they may not be enough, in these cases, to allow the patients to stay calm during the dental procedures.

One of the more common ways to treat severe anxiety of any kind is through counseling. In some cases, a patient’s dental insurance may cover therapy sessions, and the counseling can help the patient find out what is causing their anxiety and deal with the root cause. By simply better understanding why they are afraid, it can help them to face and absolve their fears or at least let those fears not have such strong control over them.

Another method for treating severe anxiety is to use sedation. The patient will never be fully put under, but by introducing nitrous oxide into their body, the dentist will be able to relax the patient and can work unhindered.

Our Newington CT dental practice offers free nitrous oxide sedation for all patients, and it can be a great way to calm their nerves and make the dental process far less stressful. We realize that many people are apprehensive about going to the dentist, and so we do everything we can to make them more comfortable and to help them feel at ease.

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