February 24, 2016
Brushing our teeth at least two minutes, twice a day is one of the most effective methods for maintaining good oral health in between visits to the dentist. Proper brushing technique is equally important to ensure effectiveness and to prevent any damage to the enamel and gums.
Brushing too hard can lead to:
- Gum recession
- Worn Enamel
- Red, swollen gums
How to prevent brushing too hard?
If you use a manual toothbrush, we highly suggest you use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Even better, we offer two fantastic toothbrushes at Advanced Dental Care: Sonicare and Oral-B. Our RDH Lisa Thurm prefers the Oral B Professional 5000. The round toothbrush head allows for easy access to all surfaces of the tooth and the rotating bristles work effectively to remove plaque and tartar.
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Are you brushing too hard
February 3, 2016
Advanced Dental Care is partnering with the American Heart Association this February to celebrate National Heart Month!
All month long we will be bringing awareness of heart health and the link to your oral health. Maintaining good oral health can directly affect your heart health and vice versa. Sometimes we see that if a patient presents with active periodontal disease, they also have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or another heart disease. This is because the body is a system, and every subsystem is interconnected.
One of the main indicators of our oral and overall health is our gums. Regular exams by your dentist and hygienist can help detect abnormalities early on. Periodontal disease, for example, progresses in stages and when caught early can be treated more easily.
When bacteria builds up on teeth and migrates below the gum line, the bacteria can irritate the gums causing early stage periodontal disease. When left untreated by a dental professional, the disease can quickly and easily progress to more advanced stages creating pockets. Pockets above 3mm in depth are cause for concern. Like all dental disorders, the sooner the condition can be treated, the better case for successful recovery.
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National Heart Health Month