Hate Flossing? The Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser is here to help!

brushing isn't enough, you need to floss

Brushing isn’t enough! You need to floss regularly.

All dentists know that very few people floss the way or the amount that they should. All too often, patients will come in and when we floss for them, their gums will bleed a lot and they’ll tell us about how they just started to do it again or something to that effect. The problem is, gums that are healthy don’t bleed when flossed!

This isn’t just one of those things dentists tell you. Actually floss twice each day for 30 days and by the end of that month, you will see less and less blood until it no longer bleeds. I had someone who was sure he would never stop bleeding when he came to the dentist. He flossed every day for a few months before his checkup and was amazed that the neither the instruments nor the floss we gave him made his gums bleed. It’s actually just that simple.

Now, the biggest reasons why people don’t floss is because it’s annoying, they hate it, their gums bleed, it’s unpleasant, and it’s so easy to cut out of your routine, especially if you have brushed your teeth already. Our goal is to get people flossing more for a healthier smile, and one of the greatest tools we have come across is the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser.

What’s so great about this Waterpik?

You may not have heard of them before, but water flossers are excellent tools that utilize pressurized water to clean between your teeth and under your gums – very much similar to regular old dental floss, but without the string to deal with.

We find that people much more enjoy the pleasant and easy stream of water that takes care of the particles than they do actually flossing, and therefore they’re likely to do it more often. Anything that makes a good habit easier to keep is a winner in our books. Ideally, these units are used in conjunction with dental floss to get complete coverage (along with brushing your teeth and using mouth wash), but even with just this unit alone, Waterpik has shown that their products are more effective than flossing alone for preventing various gum problems.

How can I fit it into my routine?

Well, the Ultra, which we reference here, is a counter top model, so as long as you’ve got the room, it will always be right there ready and waiting for you to use. It only takes about a minute to do a full pass, it’s really easy, and you will love the way your mouth feels afterwards – more fresh and clean than brushing and mouthwash. Once you do it a few times (which, naturally, takes a concerted effort, but you will get there), you’ll never want to go a day without it.

Another great feature about Waterpik is that they make it fun for the whole family to get into good dental health habits. They even have a water flosser specifically designed for kids. It gets amazing reviews, just like the regular version, and will help your children start the basis of a healthy mouth.

We only recommend products that we think are beneficial to people, and if you aren’t flossing already, this is a great way to join the ranks of people with truly healthy mouths. Please go learn more and consider buying one yourself, or contact us to find out more and let us know how we can help you.

Root Canals: A Painful Explanation

root canal x rayMillions of people globally are treated with tooth related infections annually. This means, many people lack the basic knowledge on how to take care of their teeth. Many people rarely visit a dentist for a comprehensive dental check up and advice. While this remains the case, a lot still needs to be done to create awareness among the masses on what ought to be done for proper dental care ranging from what type of tooth brushes and toothpastes are best suited for effective tooth care and protection.

There are several types of tooth related problems, and for each there is appropriate medical procedure for treatment. Some of the tooth diseases include dental cavities, periodontal diseases, tooth decay and among others. Dentists have different areas of specialization depending on the type of tooth disease or problem; however, some dentists generally treat any type of dental diseases. While it is always advisable to visit a dentist at least every three months, some people care the less and neglect their own tooth health and consequently accumulate tooth related diseases, which otherwise could have been treated earlier in time.

What is a Root Canal?

Basically, root canal is the part of the tooth covering the pulp which is the softer inner part of the tooth and usually supplied by blood capillaries for tooth nourishment. However, in this context, we shall look at root canal as dentistry related to the medical procedure or treatment of the pulp of the tooth. Sometimes, we one can experience a deeper damage to the tooth and not just the superficial decay of the enamel. Pulp is a soft tissue inside the root canal supplied by blood capillaries. An inflammation of this soft tissue if left untreated can cause a lot of pain and even lead to a more serious case referred to as an abscess. The medical procedure for treating damage to the pulp cavity is referred to as endodontic procedure or treatment. A person specializing in this type of treatment is referred to as endodontist.

Why is necessary to carry out root canal (endodontic) procedure?

Just like any other medical or treatment procedure, endodontic treatment is necessary to fix a bad tooth. Root canal treatment is usually carried out when the pulp gets sore, inflamed or infected. Causes may include extensive and deep tooth decay, a crack on the tooth or subsequent dentist procedures on a particular tooth. Any of these cases would require an endodontist to carry out root canal check up. An endodontist will always clean the inside of the tooth canal and seals it with tooth cement. After this procedure, one is required to make subsequent visits for comprehensive check up on the healing process. After a few days or weeks, a new crown is always placed on the healed tooth to restore it to full functions.

Is endodontic procedure painful and it worth the procedure?

Well, every medical procedure is always a means to achieving an end which is usually full recovery of a patient. The same goes for endodontic procedure. With modern treatment aesthetics, endodontic procedure is not painful but perhaps after treatment is when a patient can feel some painful sensitivity due to some injections carried out during the procedure.

Video Explaining and Showing a Root Canal

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Effective Brushing Techniques [VIDEO]

This video offers an in-depth look at how to brush your teeth and includes in depth pictures, including x rays and specific parts of the mouth. Remember, learning why you should do something often helps you do the how better.

Learn more from the American Dental Association here.

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How to brush your teeth effectively

brush your teethTaking care of one’s teeth is not a question of  making them look shinny or perhaps glossy but it also involves a much more comprehensive care than what many could  possibly be doing like visiting a dentist every month. Today, there are a number of both herbal/natural dental care pastes as well medicated ones.  While we  appreciate and perhaps  acknowledge the advancement of technology and especially in dentistry, people ought to have at their fingertips the best dental practices pertaining to brushing one’s teeth in the most effective way. Well, what then is the best way imaginable on how to brush the teeth effectively? Hereafter are a number of ways advised by top dentists in the practice today and which have been tested and proven to be 100% effective dental care routines.

Use a good toothbrush

From the onset, the practice of dentistry advises on the need to own a good toothbrush that will not only make one’s teeth shinny but also remove the dirt beneath and between the enamel. A good toothbrush should not be too hard to bruise the teeth gum or too soft to sooth the teeth. A good toothbrush should have aerated bristles that will penetrate in between the teeth and clean all the dirt while cleaning the enamel at the same time. Whether an electronic toothbrush or manual toothbrush is used, this is a vital issue to take into consideration. Of importance to note is that, one should replace  his or her toothbrush regularly like  every month to achieve good results. Toothbrushes, which are used for a long time tend to hide microbes within the bristles, and this can be dangerous to a healthy tooth. One should also remember to brush around the teeth to eliminate any bacteria which might be hiding between the enamel.

Using fluoride toothpaste

Toothpastes come in different types with the most advisable being fluoride toothpastes. Fluoride toothpastes are not only for cleaning the enamel, and around the teeth or by extension the mouth at large, fluoride toothpaste help strengthen the enamel and keep the teeth healthy and stronger. Today, toothpastes are also coming in a different form such as herbal toothpastes, but it is always important to seek the advice of a dentist is reading the product labels would not be very informative on what type of toothpaste is the best.

Using dental floss

Flossing one’s teeth is just as important as brushing itself; however, it should be noted that some dental floss are irritating and should be avoided should such a case be detected. The use of dental floss often precedes brushing as it serves to eliminate any food particles, bacteria or microbes that could be trapped in between the teeth. Dental pick or as they are popularly known tooth picks should be utilized in cases where dental floss proves ineffective.

Spend enough time brushing

Bad breath can be both irritating and embarrassing. Well, it is always important to brush one’s teeth for about three minutes. Areas like the tongue should be gently brushed as well as the molars which tend to hide much of the food particles trapped in between the teeth. This has been proven as effective teeth care method.

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