Sunday, April 23, 2017

Coffee or Tea? Which is better for your dental health?

Good morning,

It's Monday again and like most of us, you might be dragging from the weekend. Not too mention this dreary spring weather we are experiencing today in Maryland. If you are like most of Americans you start your Monday off with a big cup of coffee or tea. However, when you go to take those first sips do you ever think about your oral health?

Some people might think that coffee is worse for your teeth and tends to stain them more. But actually "tea might be even more likely to stain your teeth than coffee due to its higher tannin content."

Photo credit: KidneyBuzz.com
We know that life is busy and so "ff you don't want to give up drinking coffee or tea, it is important to look after your teeth in order to keep staining to a minimum." According to care2.com, here are some things you can do to help prevent staining:

1.) Use a straw.
2.) Add something milky.
3.) Rinse or brush immediately after.
4.) Floss and brush routinely.
5.) Brush with baking soda.
6.) Chew sugar-free gum afterwards.
7.) Natural whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains.

If you are still looking for help with your teeth and staining, come see us today to ask about our professional in-house whitening services! http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Monday, April 17, 2017

When Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

Good morning!

We hope that everyone had a Happy Easter and enjoyed the beautiful weather we had in Maryland this past weekend. Today we want to talk a little bit about toothbrushes. For those of you who still prefer to use manual brushes, did you know that "the ADA recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3–4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use?" A lot of patients aren't aware that their toothbrushes are ready for replacement, but this is extremely important!

Just as important as timely replacement, storage and care for your toothbrush are essential for keeping it clean and able to properly do it's job.  Besides the obvious things such as not sharing toothbrushes, did you know that it's best to not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers?

To learn more helpful tips about properly caring for your toothbrush visit the ADA site here:

If you or someone you  know wants to schedule an oral checkup or cleaning, we would love to have you! Visit us online at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Monday, April 10, 2017

All About Mouthguards!

Good morning,

Today we want to talk a little bit about something all athletes or people in high contact sports should consider wearing... mouthguards! "When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age.

While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, any athlete may experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating."

Mouthguards aren't just for patients who want to protect their braces or implants, and are equally as important for all of our patients who play athletic sports.

If you want to learn more about this invaluable piece of equipment, and how we can help you figure out which type of mouthguard is best for you... visit us today at: www.germantowndentalcare.com.

Dr. Mansfield and one of his younger patients
To read more of the article from mouthhealthy.org and some other types of mouthguards, visit the article link here.

Monday, April 3, 2017

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

Good afternoon!

Did you know that April is 'Oral Cancer Awareness Month?' That means that today we want to share an article which talks about the top 7 risk factors for oral cancer. It's important to know if you potentially have any of these risk factors so you can talk with your dentist today to prevent oral cancer! Here at Germantown Dental Care, we care about each and every patient and want to make sure we are helping them maintain the best oral health possible. (Without judgement!!)

Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer 

Take a look at the article link here to learn more!

Contact us today at (301) 540-5195 to talk about keeping your smile healthy!