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Russell Bibb DMD - Estacada Dental June 2019 Newsletter
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Finding the Perfect Toothbrush
How much time do you spend looking for your toothbrush? If you are like most people, you spend a minute, maybe two, and that’s it. When you need a new one, you grab one like your old one and go about your day. This is not always the best way. When you need to search for a new toothbrush, make sure to do what is best for your specific oral conditions. It is one of the best ways to help.

The first thing you have to decide on is if you want a powered or a traditional toothbrush. Both have benefits to them, and the ultimate decision is up to you. If brushing with a traditional toothbrush is getting difficult, then a powered one may be the best route. Next, you want to go with soft bristles. Using a toothbrush with hard bristles can harm your teeth, and should be avoided unless we have specifically told you otherwise. Finally, you want one you can easily grip. Some toothbrushes are quite thin, which can be a problem for those with bigger or arthritic hands.

Finding the right toothbrush is important when it comes to ensuring you are giving your mouth the best chances of being healthy. Make sure to spend as much time as you need to find a toothbrush that suits your needs. If it takes more than a minute, that's alright; the investment of time will pay off. Just make sure it fits your needs over anything else.

About Sensitive Teeth
There are several causes of tooth sensitivity: cavities, fractured or cracked teeth, worn tooth enamel, exposed tooth roots. If you have regular checkups, these issues are likely to be detected early.

Naturally occurring enamel protects the teeth and cementum protects the roots. The underlying dentin is a less dense system of microscopic tubes and canals. If the enamel or cementum is reduced, heat and cold more easily stimulate the nerves and can cause sensitivity.

If you are suffering from sensitivity, the first step is to review proper brushing technique and try a desensitizing toothpaste. If it continues, make an appointment to come in for an assessment.

Ways of Calming Down Before Your Next Appointment
We see several patients who are nervous about coming in for appointments. It is relatively common. If you share in that type of anxiety, then know there are things that you can do to help. First, make sure you do not come in hungry. First, to help you know what to expect, ask us questions and look up the procedure you are having done. Knowledge helps rid your mind of the fear of the unknown, which can help you relax. Also, tell us if there is a problem. We can do more to help you feel calm if we know about it. Just call our office, and let us know. We can put it in your file and keep it in mind during your appointment.

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Russell Bibb DMD - Estacada Dental | www.estacadadental.com | 503-630-4211
103 SE Highway 224, Suite A, Estacada, OR 97023



 

 

 
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