Posts for: March, 2012

By contactus
March 21, 2012
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What do you mean…remove the plaque, where is it?

Many people look in the mirror and don't see anything on their teeth so they assume that their teeth are clean.  Unfortunately, they just can’t see the plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth.  It needs to be removed twice a day, but how do we find it? Go back to your childhood; remember the small chewable pill that turned your mouth reddish-purple? It works for adults too. 

Ask your hygienist for a few, or purchase disclosing tablets in the pharmacy. The directions are simple. Brush and floss thoroughly. Then chew a tablet and rinse out with water. Look at your teeth and the plaque left on your teeth will be stained red.  Really look at your teeth and see where you are missing, then brush or floss it away.  Now your teeth are properly clean!  Doing this once a week, or once a month as needed really helps you see what the hygienist sees.


Try it…it can be fun!

Marlena


By contactus
March 20, 2012
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Childrens' electric toothbrushes are recommended and are especially helpful with children that have not fully developed their hand dexterity. When purchasing any  toothbrush for your child, ask your hygienist and also check online to see if any new problems have been reported  with any electric toothbrush. Recently, injuries were reported from use of the battery-powered Spinbrush, sold by both Arm & Hammer, ( previously Crest Spin) .

 

According to a consumer safety officer at the FDA, reports indicate that parts of the toothbrush have broken off during use, causing them to be "released into the mouth with great speed, causing broken teeth and presenting a choking hazard."

Read more: http://www.fda.gov , Toothbrush Can Chip Teeth and Cause Choking


By contactus
March 13, 2012
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Check this out!

No, it’s not a new ride at Disney World. It’s the latest addition to our office: Planmeca’s ProOne Digital Panoramic X-ray.

This X-ray unit allows us to take a picture of all your teeth and surrounding bones with one two-dimensional panoramic view of your mouth. It includes your upper and lower jawbone, your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), your nasal sinuses and surrounding bone, and your mandibular nerve.

The American Dental Association recommends that you have a full set of X-rays taken every five years. In the past, a set of 24 individual X-rays was the only option. Now, depending on your personal dental needs, we can opt to take a panoramic X-ray.

It is as simple as one, two, three. 

One: We give you a lead apron to protect you from radiation.

Two: The machine is adjusted to your height and the arrangement of your teeth.

Three: Hold still for 20 seconds as the camera rotates in a half circle around you.

A digital image like the one below appears in your record for the clinical staff to access when you come in for an appointment. It may not look suitable for framing or using on your Facebook page, but it’s quite useful for your dental care.

The panoramic X-ray allows us to diagnose impacted wisdom teeth, dental implants, orthodontic assessments, carcinomas, TMJ problems, and many other areas of concern that the individual X-rays cannot see.

Don’t forget to ask about the panoramic unit during your next visit.

Marlena

 

 


When you come in for your dental cleaning at our office, the hygienist reviews your homecare and recommends a specific manual brush for your use. We provide a brush each visit and recommend that you use it for three months, replacing it with a new one as the season changes. That would mean for the routine patient who visits us every six months, we provide two toothbrushes during the year and ask you to provide two.

So, why change your brush with the season? Despite your best efforts, the only way to assure you’re using a clean brush is to replace it after three months. Brushes cannot be cleaned properly in the dishwasher, and cleaning with UV light, ultrasonics or sanitizers is not reliable. Simply replace the brush. Toothbrush bristles cannot be cleaned properly. You should also be aware that keeping a toothbrush in a cover or in a closed cabinet is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms. And if a cold lingers or an “accidental” dropping of the brush happens, have extra brushes stored in the closet.

Brushes can usually be ordered online, or if there is a store sale, buy a bunch. As you know, they are never in the store when you need them. So stock up when you can and remember, just as you change your wardrobe with the seasons, change that toothbrush every three months!

Marlena

http://www.ada.org : Statement on Toothbrush Care: Cleaning, Storage and Replacement


By contactus
March 07, 2012
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Welcome to the Soper Family Dentistry blog.  The Smile Chronicle.  We are a family practice and like to keep communication open with all our patients. The Smile Chronicle is a way to keep you up to date with some of the latest news in the dental field. We welcome your comments and feedback as we provide tips and advice on your dental care.




Dentist - Wilmington, Robert L. Soper, D.D.S., 25 Lowell Street, Wilmington Massachusetts, 01887 978-658-5656