Archive for 'Oral Hygiene' Category

Go Fetch — a Pet Toothbrush!

Fun Dental Facts, Oral Hygiene

05/26/2015
You probably wouldn’t think of skipping your oral hygiene routine for a day. Your breath would smell, your teeth might yellow, and you’d risk all kinds of painful (and expensive) consequences: tooth decay, gum disease and even systemic inflammation. Yet so many people ignore this crucial routine when it comes more...

What Alison Sweeney Has Against Sugar

Celebrity Smiles, Nutrition, Oral Hygiene

01/10/2013
For Alison Sweeney, host of the hit television show The Biggest Loser, sugar is the enemy — in more ways than one. As a TV personality and author concerned with proper diet and weight loss, she recognizes that sugar is a source of unneeded calories. And as a working actress more...

Cheryl Burke Learns That Father Knows Best About Oral Health

Celebrity Smiles, Oral Hygiene

01/10/2013
It's a fact of life that kids don't always do what their parents tell them: When your Mom and Dad told you to brush and floss as a kid, did you routinely follow their instructions? Professional ballroom dancer and TV star Cheryl Burke didn't (at least, not always.) And her more...

Neem – Oral Healthcare in Developing Countries

Fun Dental Facts, Oral Hygiene

08/20/2010
Did you know that neem is one of the products used in oral healthcare in developing countries? For example, India has been using the neem tree and its products to create toothbrushes for centuries. A person chews one end of the neem twig until it somewhat resembles the bristles of more...

Understanding the Benefits of Root Planing

Oral Hygiene

02/05/2010
While nearly everyone experiences the first stage of periodontal disease or gingivitis, about 10% of the population goes on to develop destructive periodontal (gum) disease. However, with the proper treatment as soon as possible, you can return to good oral health. One conservative treatment plan your dentist may suggest is more...

Which Toothbrush is Better…Manual or Battery Powered?

Oral Hygiene

02/05/2010
Technology impacts almost everything we do each day, so why should it be any different when it comes to your toothbrush? While some dentists feel that “it's not the brush as much as the hand that holds it,” the Cochrane Collaboration, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing evidence-based reporting more...

The Benefits of Teeth Polishing

Oral Hygiene

02/05/2010
In addition to helping you maintain good oral healthcare, a simple cleaning makes your mouth feel really fresh. And one of the reasons for this feeling is from the professional polishing of your teeth to remove (bacterial) plaque, tartar (calcium deposits), and stain from the tooth surface above the gum more...

The History behind Your Tube of Toothpaste

Fun Dental Facts, Oral Hygiene

02/04/2010
While brushing your teeth, have you ever looked down at the collapsible tube and wondered about its history? Many people are surprised to learn that it has been around a lot longer than they think. Dr. Washington Sheffield, a dentist practicing in New London, CT, is widely credited with introducing more...

Is Your Toothbrush Still Up to the Job?

Oral Hygiene

02/04/2010
While your teeth are supposed to last you a lifetime, your toothbrush isn't. Even if properly cared for, the average lifespan for a toothbrush is only 3 to 4 months. Proper toothbrushing—holding your brush with a gentle grip and brushing between the gums and teeth at the gum line to more...

Do Mouthrinses Really Work?

Oral Hygiene

02/04/2010
Have you ever wondered as you stroll the aisles of the grocery or drug store and see the many brands, flavors, and boastful claims of mouthrinses, “Do any of these really work?” As a compliment to daily brushing and flossing some of them can have a positive impact on your more...