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ToothbrushManual vs Electric Toothbrush

 

Manual Toothbrush

Pros

  • They’re easy to travel with.

  • Manual toothbrushes are inexpensive and FREE when you visit the dentist!

  • There are no batteries or charging needed!

Cons

  • They are difficult to use for people with certain disabilities

  • Will not clean your teeth as efficiently as an electric toothbrush

 
There are two types of electric toothbrushes; Sonic and Oscillating. 

Sonic Toothbrush

A sonic toothbrush has sonic technology which makes the brush vibrate at 30,000-40,000 strokes per minute. 


Oscillating Toothbrush

Oscillating toothbrushes come with smaller, round toothbrush heads that turn quickly in one direction and then in another direction to clean your teeth anywhere from 2,500-7,000 strokes per minute. 

Pros

  • Great for people with arthritis.

  • Fun for children.

  • Better at removing plaque and preventing gum disease.

 Cons

  • You’ll have to charge it!

  • They cost significantly more than a manual toothbrush.

  • Replacement heads can be expensive.

 


 

Water

 Why you need Fluoride


The Pro’s

  • Over 70 years of study have proven how healthy it is.

  • It reduces tooth decay by 20% to 40%

  • It protects all ages against tooth decay

  • It’s safe and effective

  • It’s natural

  • It saves you money

 

The Cons

  • Acne

  • Thyroid dysfunction

  • Dental Fluorosis ( tiny white streaks across your teeth)

 

Fluoride is everywhere; the dirt, the ocean, natural drinking water in parts of South-East Asia and the wind can even carry it when it’s windblown soil.  The only time someone may have a chance to get fluoride poisoning is due to exposure of industrial explosion.


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Are Amalgam (silver) fillings bad for your health?



FillingsThis is a question that has come up many times throughout my dental career (as I’m sure with many dentist’s as well).  This is a legitimate concern if you don’t have the facts and that’s why I’m here to help.  These facts are not just mine.  These are backed up by years of research by the; ADA, CDA, Mayo Clinic, The International Journal of Dentistry, The New England Journal of Medicine and the FDA.

 

What Amalgam “Does:”

  • Stops tooth decay

  • Withstands the moisture and the changing temperature in the mouth

  • Ease your financial burden since they’re inexpensive

  • Work great under pressure

  • They last a long time.

 

What Amalgam “Doesn’t” Do:

  • Mercury released from dental amalgam restorations does not contribute to systemic disease or systemic toxicological effects

  • It does not give you mercury poisoning

  • There are no links to Alzheimer’s disease

  • It does not give you Multiple Sclerosis

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How many X-Rays are too many?



Teeth X-Ray

Dental X-Rays are necessary for the dentist and the patient to find and locate tooth decay, gum disease and other problems that might be under the surface that would be harder if not possibly missed by the conventional methods used by dentists. The overall benefit should bring a peace of mind to the patient. But how many dental x-rays are too many? That’s a seemingly simple, yet complicated, question and, unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. There are many factors to consider. For example, your age, how much work has been done, especially recently. This can help your dentist to identify problems such as;

  • Cavities

  • Tooth decay

  • Impacted teeth

These are just a few of the many of factors that go into this decision. The dentist’s decision to take an X-ray “always has to be patient-specific and risk-based,” explains Dr. Susan Sutherland, chief of dentistry at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. This is a guide-based decision that every dentist should consider. The patient’s oral health is important but will it risk their overall health with another X-Ray? She explains that, “It is our job and our duty to do X-Rays as little as reasonably possible.”

There are general guidelines established by the American Dental Association (ADA) when it comes to when and how many X-Rays are performed. This is to help establish a guideline for dentists for the overall health of their patients. But, to be clear, not all patients are the same and neither is their oral care.


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