Electric vs Manual Toothbrushing: Which is Best for You?

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Electric vs regular toothbrush

There’s more than one smart way to brush your teeth.

But is there a clear better way? One of the great dental debates is manual toothbrushes vs. electric toothbrushes. One is a trusted, reliable, proven tooth cleaner. One is a technologically advanced cleaning method that provides in-depth and thorough tooth care.

As the American Dental Association (ADA) notes, both electric and manual toothbrushes [ . . . ]  read more

Why Do Teeth Turn Gray?

By Clete Campbell,

When it comes to a tooth, gray is a scary color indicating oral health issues and aging, worn-down teeth. Gray teeth sometimes happen through no fault of their owners.

“For some people, no matter how often they brush and floss, their teeth never turn that pearly white,” Colgate.com’s Jenny Green notes. 

But why do teeth turn gray?

The Tetracyline Effect

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Clear Ceramic Braces vs Metal Braces: Pros and Cons of Each

By Clete Campbell,

girl wearing braces

Clear braces or metal braces? It’s a decision that is about much more than a color tone, and one you don’t want to flip a coin over. 

Clear, or ceramic braces, are a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. But are clear braces better than the tried-and-true metal braces?  The answer is not straightforward.

Clear Braces vs. Metal Braces Comparison

Appearance

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Gingivitis vs Periodontitis – What is the Difference?

By Clete Campbell,

Gingivitis and Periodontitis, two words you do not want coming out of your dentist’s mouth at your next checkup. We’ll pause to let everyone take a deep breath here.

Their unpleasant names alone are enough to scare anyone hoping to emerge from their next dental exam with a clean bill of oral health into brushing and flossing more thoroughly and regularly. But what is the difference [ . . . ]  read more

Beware Whitening Promise Of Charcoal Toothpastes

By Clete Campbell,

Girl brushing her teeth with charcoal toothpaste

ADA Cautions Popular Brightening Fad Can Be Dangerous To Teeth’s Health

Charcoal isn’t just for grilling anymore.

Today, the popular cooking mainstay of America’s backyard grills is being used as an ingredient for everything from drinks to skin care to hair care. Believe it or not, people coast to coast are turning to “natural” charcoal toothpastes to whiten their teeth. A brushing method first practiced by the ancient [ . . . ]  read more

Teeth’s Lesser-Known History Facts & Truths

By Clete Campbell,

Close up of teeth

A Quick History Lesson

  • 3,000 B.C.: Hesi-Re, the world’s earliest known dentist, sets up shop in Egypt. He hands out crude toothbrushes made from twigs and leaves.
  • 500 B.C.: Ancient Greeks develop one of the world’s first toothpastes, creating a mixture that contained iron rush and coral powder to clean their teeth. In China, early dentists mix soot, honey, crushed egg shells and ground ox’s hooves to deliver Asia’s first tooth cleaning paste.
  • 1,000 A.D.: A majority of people believe tooth pain is caused by tiny tooth worms instead of cavities.
  • 1498: Chinese dentists develop the world’s first bristle toothbrush by attaching coarse boar hairs to handles made of bamboo or bone.
  • 1945: A majority of Americans begin brushing their teeth daily.

Dental care and knowledge has come a long, long way over the last 5,000 years. Today, Americans are spending on average 38.5 total days of their lives brushing their teeth, a time investment that can lead to a lifetime of strong oral health. Nearly all Americans know the immense benefits of teeth brushing, but do you know these lesser known facts about teeth?

Facts About Teeth You Might Not Know

Knowledge is power, and these facts [ . . . ]  read more

There Really Is Such A Thing As Too Much Toothpaste

By Clete Campbell,

CDC Study Finds Almost 40% of America’s Kids Using Too Much Toothpaste

By Clete Campbell

Too much toothpaste can be dangerous to kids’ oral health.

Say what, Doc?

Parents may do a double take at the news, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Controls and Preventions reports America’s children are brushing their teeth with so much toothpaste that it’s unhealthy.

A CDC study released February 1 found nearly 40 percent of kids ages 3 to 6 use more toothpaste [ . . . ]  read more

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

By Clete Campbell,

National Dental Hygiene Month

No Better Time Than Now to Focus on Dental Hygiene

Toothbrushing is one of those routine daily exercises most of us don’t give a second thought to. To be honest, I’m often on autopilot while brushing my teeth.

But just going through the motions while brushing our teeth is a prime missed opportunity to protect our teeth from cavities and plaque, but also to improve our general overall oral health. Sleepy toothbrushing leads to missed plaque, overlooked trouble spots, and, sadly, preventable cavities. And we all know the potential painful nightmares poor dental hygiene can create.

“Diseases such as gum disease, oral cancer and terrifyingly horrible breath (which is often an indication of other oral problems) can invade your mouth and make your life a living hell,” Sam Cohen of the Huffington Post stresses.

That’s why it’s good to check in regularly with America’s dental hygiene experts. Dental hygienists, those friendly, hard-working soldiers who man the front lines working to help their patients properly care for their teeth, could write an entire series of books on the importance of good oral health. There’s no better time than October, National Dental Hygiene Month, to focus on the tips dental hygienists say, can make our own toothbrushing and dental hygiene great again.

As Colgate.com notes, there are five essential elements to the proper toothbrushing technique:

  1. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  2. Gently move the brush back and fourth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  3. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  4. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  5. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

All of these toothbrushing practices should be observed every time we brush, along with the Golden Rule of Toothbrushing: Brush twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush.

But remember, toothbrushing is not the be-all and end-all of comprehensive dental hygiene care.

“Brushing can clean the surface of the teeth, but it cannot do the same for the spaces in between teeth,” Cohen notes.

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