Monday, July 25, 2016

9 Toothbrushing Mistakes -- and How to Fix Them

It may come as a surprise to some people that there are actually incorrect and correct ways to brush your teeth. Do you know that you could be using the incorrect type of toothbrush? What about the fact that you can actually brush your teeth too much? If these things surprise you, or you want to evaluate your current tooth-brushing habits, take a look at this article.

Shared today from www.webmd.com, the article '9 Toothbrushing Mistakes' talks about nine things that could be affecting your oral health when it comes to brushing teeth. Take a look and see what you think!  http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/brushing-teeth-mistakes

If you have questions about what type of toothbrush is right for you, or if your oral routine needs to be tweaked, come in and see us! We will help you get back on the right track with no judgments!  Visit: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ today to schedule your appointment! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

One-Third of American Adults Never Floss, Study Says

Good afternoon,

Here at Germantown Dental Care we always encourage all of our patients to floss daily, but a recent study finds that 1 in 3 adults still never floss.

 "The study looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to determine the percentage of American adults who neglect to floss their teeth. Researchers examined self-reports of more than 9,000 adults, ages 30 and older, who gave the number of days they flossed the week before. The results showed that 32.4% of adults reported no flossing, 37.3% reported less than daily flossing and 30.3% reported daily flossing in the past week."

We can't stress enough to our patients the benefits of flossing several times a day, every day can have! It is important that patients educate themselves to know the long-term effects that not flossing can have on their overall health and the main key, prevention! If you haven't flossed in years or want an oral examination to evaluate your teeth and gums, we are here to help! We are not here as a judge but rather an encouraging friend, who can help you get back into the daily routine. Please visit us at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ today to set up your appointment with our caring and friendly staff! We realize not everyone is perfect with their oral health, but that doesn't mean it's too late to start today on a better path!

To read the full article from CNN.com, visit: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/08/health/adults-flossing-teeth/index.html

Monday, July 11, 2016

New! Connected Philips Sonicare For Kids Power Toothbrush Helps Get Kids Excited about Brushing

Are you a parent struggling to get your child to brush his or her teeth and floss regularly? Have you told them a million times over how imperative it is for their oral health and it doesn't seem to sink in? Now Philips Sonicare has developed a new power toothbrush which could help your kids get excited about brushing again!

If you or your child is in need of a check up and routine cleaning we are here to help! Dr. Mansfield and his wonderful staff have a long history of taking care of their patients, especially children, like family. This means your satisfaction really is their top priority!
Visit: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ today to learn more and schedule your appointment!

"Philips Sonicare, the most often recommended sonic toothbrush brand by dental professionals worldwide, is announcing the Canadian launch of the NEW Philips Sonicare For Kids rechargeable toothbrush, equipped with Bluetooth® wireless technology that connects to a fun, interactive coaching app that helps motivate kids ages three and up to learn to brush their teeth effectively.

Teaching kids proper oral care habits can be a challenge for parents – and getting kids excited about brushing their teeth is even more difficult. To make teeth brushing a more positive experience, Bluetooth® wireless technology connects the Philips Sonicare For Kids power toothbrush directly to its customizable FREE coaching app, which helps kids develop good oral care habits with the help of their (adorable!) personal brushing coach "Sparkly”. Sparkly teaches proper brushing techniques and rewards kids for doing a thorough job each time they brush. Fun, educational games encourage kids to brush longer each time, building up to the dental professional-recommended two minutes, while getting them excited about the daily activity. In addition, a separate dashboard in the app allows parents to monitor their child's performance and progress as well as set up custom milestones and incentives to keep them motivated."

To continue reading more about this new toothbrush technology visit: http://www.usa.philips.com/a-w/about/news/archive/standard/news/press/2016/20160429-New-Connected-Philips-Sonicare-For-Kids-Power-Toothbrush-Helps-Get-Kids-Excited-about-Brushing.html

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Effect of Vaping and Your Oral Health

"Vaping has become a trend in American society, especially to the younger population who often don’t think about the long term oral and overall health risks. It may be harder to identify those patients who use ENDS versus conventional cigarettes, but awareness on the clinician’s part and education can make the difference in life and overall health for years to come."
Today we are sharing an article entitled 'The oral effects of vaping: Patient education' from http://www.dentistryiq.com/.

Vaping and using e-cigarettes has become popular all over the world and most recently, in the United States. These devices 'utilize a nicotine-containing liquid that also includes propylene glycol, glycerin, an array of flavoring choices, and other ingredients.' What most users in today's society don't realize is the overall effect on their oral health. Because they are not cigarettes, many people think that they are being "healthier" and won't have a lasting effect on their oral health. "The effects on the oral cavity can vary depending on the frequency, type, and individual response. Clinically, I have seen everything from stomatitis to what appears as chemical burns. The most common effects of vaping I see are in the form of xerostomia, and often the patient may complain of a dry cough as well. They don’t realize the cough can be related to the inhalation of the vaporized liquid’s effect on the bronchioles of the lungs. Stomatitis will appear on the palate and looks similar to dark colored “pin pricks.” It is usually not sensitive to the patient. Ulcerations and what appear to be burns on the palate are often more sensitive but patients often don’t relate them to e-cigarette use since they don’t perceive the habit as harmful."

If you are a vape user or have concerns about your oral health and want a check-up by a friendly, caring professional, Dr. Mansfield at Germantown Dental Care is here for you! Please call us or schedule an appointment by visiting: http://germantowndentalcare.com/