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Does it really matter which toothbrush I use?  ABSOLUTELY!!  Toothbrushes, like shoes, are not a "One Size Fits All" deal.  Toothbrush options:  You are unique and your toothbrush should be chosen with your needs in mind. Medium and hard toothbrushes may cause more harm than good if you are brushing too hard.  They may seem to work better if that is what you are used to, but we continue to see toothbrush abrasion caused by either too stiff of a toothbrush, brushing too hard, or too abrasive of a toothpaste.  Many times, we see a combination of all three of these!  Some toothbrushes are made with the gums in mind and are very soft.  There are even toothbrushes with tongue scrubbers on them to remove some of the buildup on the tongue.  Battery powered toothbrushes have improved the oral hygiene for many people and are extremely effective.  Some of the battery toothbrushes let you know when you are brushing too hard and will even link up to your smartphone to help you (and your dentist) monitor your brushing habits.  Be aware that not all battery operated toothbrushes are created equal.  We would love to discuss the options with you.  Stop in to Precision Dental Center and see which toothbrush is best for you!

August 18, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Flossing   Hygiene   Bad Breath  

Bad breath?  Are you conscientious about it? There are several reasons that someone may have bad breath including diet, cleaning habits, breathing habits, or periodontal disease.  There are many more potential culprits out there.  Don't be embarrassed about it. Flossing is not a lot of fun for most people, but the result may be better breath and healthier teeth.  It is important to drink plenty of water and brush after meals.  Dehydration decreases the amount of saliva that we create.  Saliva is our main defense against the decay process and bacteria.  Many medications also lead to dry mouth and it is important to let your dentist know if you are experiencing it.  Be sure that any breath mints or gum that you use are sugar free.  Eating candy with sugar in it can actually make your breath worse because the bacteria thrive in a sugar rich environment.  Be sure to brush and floss after meals and keep up with your regular dental visits.  There is only so much that you can do alone.  Professional cleanings help to control the plaque and tartar and lead to a healthier mouth.  Let us help you keep your mouth healthy and bright by scheduling an appointment through our website or telephone!

February 09, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Medication   Decay   Dry mouth  

Have you ever seen the commercials that talk about the potential side effects of medications?  Sometimes the side effects seem worse than the ailment they are treating!!  Many medications will affect the amount of saliva that you produce.  Saliva is one of our body’s primary defenses against cavities.  Many of us don’t drink enough water.  Dehydration will contribute to dry mouth and contribute to tooth decay.  Certain blood pressure medications (water pill) regulate your water levels and you should consult your physician before increasing water intake.  Dry mouth may also increase your chances of aphthous ulcers, bad breath, and burning mouth syndrome.  There are great salivary substitutes available over the counter that can help as well.  Candy and gum that contain xylitol have been showing promising results for increasing salivation and fighting tooth decay.  The body typically wants to produce more saliva when food is in the mouth to begin the digestion process.  Xylitol candy is great because it can increase salivation and help prevent decay at the same time.  Candy and gum with sugar may increase salivation, but they also lead to more decay.  Let’s talk about some ways to help and what you should avoid to keep those pearly whites!

August 27, 2014
Category: Health
Tags: Gums   Medication  

Did you know that certain seizure and blood pressure medications may cause your gums to change shape and become unhealthy?  If you take any medications for either of these ailments and you have noticed a change in the gums, give us a call right away so that we can evaluate.  We work closely with specialists in this matter and would like to get it taken care of.  We have seen many patients come in and complain of their gums looking unhealthy after starting a new medication.  Certain medications for seizures and blood pressure may lead to a condition known as gingival hyperplasia.  This can be controlled and dealt with if caught early enough.  If left untreated, this condition may lead to rampant decay and other issues.  If you have any questions, please come in and see us for a consultation.  We will take time to explain this process and what can be done to make sure that you have a healthy smile.

June 05, 2014
Category: Health
Tags: Diabetes   Health  

Diabetes is a challenging and life altering condition to deal with on many levels.  Did you know that it can affect how your body responds to surgeries and how quickly you heal?  There are more than one type of Diabetes and each type poses unique risks to your health and treatments.   If your blood sugar is not under control, your body’s ability to heal is hindered.  This can affect your gums, bones, and teeth! Type I Diabetes is usually referred to as insulin dependent and is usually controlled by insulin injections and close monitoring of blood sugars.  Type II Diabetes is sometimes referred to as non-insulin dependent and is usually controlled by diet, exercise, and medication if necessary.  Uncontrolled diabetes may lead to gum disease and a higher rate of cavities.  Some people do not even realize that they have diabetes until it has wreaked havoc on the body. The American Diabetes Association summarizes the common symptoms of diabetes:

 

               Urinating often

Feeling very thirsty

Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating

Extreme fatigue

Blurry vision

Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)

Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Make an appointment so that we can discuss your unique situation and how it may affect you.

Come visit our dental office in Chesterton, Indiana, to make sure that you stay happy and healthy.



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