Archive for February 2014

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

February 18, 2014 | Posted Education

Are all toothbrushes equal?  How do you choose the right toothbrush?  What should you look for in toothbrush?
 
The main purpose of your toothbrush is to remove soft plaque.  A soft tooth brush is all you need.  A medium or hard toothbrush may cause abrasion, tooth sensitivity and gum recession.  Save that medium or hard toothbrush for scrubbing the bathroom!
 
Size of your toothbrush does matters.  Bigger is not better.  Your toothbrush should be able to fit in the back of your mouth along the gum line.  You should think of brushing one tooth at a time.  A small adult compact toothbrush is best.
 
Electric toothbrushes have some advantages over manual toothbrushes.  They can do a better job especially for those have limited dexterity.  They can also prevent excessive force on the teeth by stopping when too much force is applied. 
 
Ask us at the Rideau Dental Centre for brush recommendations that suit your mouth.  There are specialized brushes for specific needs, which your hygienist may recommend for you.  Call us at 613-230-7475.

Why White?

February 04, 2014 | Posted Education

Many years ago I was babysitting my nephew.  His brushing as a toddler was not living up to my standards.  He was a logical young boy and wanted to know why brushing was so important.  When his mom arrived home I told him to look in her mouth.  He looked and saw the amalgam silver fillings.  He was shocked.  Even at that young age he realized that silver fillings were ugly.
 
White fillings are an advantage cosmetically obviously.  But are there any other advantages?  Are we putting our teeth at risk for vanity?
 
White fillings or composite fillings are made of powdered glass, quartz, silica and added to a resin.  A shade can be chosen by your dentist to match the tooth.  Composite can be bonded directly to tooth structures, creating two very distinct advantages over traditional amalgam. 
 
· Composite requires less removal of tooth structure.
· Composite restores most of the strength of the tooth, leaving the tooth less susceptible to breakage. 
 
Placing white fillings require proper technique by the dentist.  Improper use of bonding agents may result in tooth sensitivity.  Talk to your dentist at Rideau Dental Centre.  Call us 613-230-7475.