What if I can’t hold a toothbrush?

Q.  My husband has been dealing with Parkinson’s Disease for a couple years and I’ve noticed lately that it is getting harder for him to grip things like forks and toothbrushes.  What can I do? A. Complete and regular removal of plaque is the single most important factor in preventing dental disease. Many patients, and not… Continue reading

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When should I floss?

Q. My daughter came home from school today with a quiz over dental health.  The only question she missed was on flossing.  Should you floss before or after you brush? A. Flossing does between your teeth what brushing does on the easier-to-reach surfaces. Using food debris as fuel, bacteria form microscopic colonies on the surface… Continue reading

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Do I really need my teeth cleaned twice each year?

My insurance only covers cleaning once a year now.  Do I really need to come in twice a year? The short answer is: “Only if you want to keep your teeth”. The thought process usually goes something like this… “I skipped two cleanings.  When I went back, I didn’t have ANY cavities!  Maybe I only… Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning

Spring is here!  Time to clean out the cupboards, empty the fridge, sweep the cobwebs… and get your teeth cleaned? That’s right.  If you’ve fallen off the dental band wagon, it’s time to put your regular dental checkup and cleaning at the top of your spring to-do list. People often think that brushing and flossing renders regular dental cleanings… Continue reading

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Toothbrush 101

People have been brushing their teeth for a long time.  Primitive versions of the toothbrush have existed for around 5000 years!  Thankfully, we have come a long way since the days of hog bristles and handles of wood, ivory, or bone.  Today’s brushes are virtually all made of plastic with nylon bristles.  But that’s often where the similarities stop. … Continue reading

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