If you follow us on Instagram, you know that we recently got a head start on our spring gardening! In addition to being the start of spring, April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
Close to 50,000 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, with 132 new cases coming to light every day.
While smoking and drinking are major risk factors, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a growing contributor, especially among young, otherwise healthy patients.
HPV is the same virus that causes the majority of cervical cancers. If you or your child is between the ages of 9-26, it’s a good idea to ask your doctor about getting vaccinated.
While getting your vaccine and avoiding alcohol and tobacco are important, the best way to prevent oral cancer is regular screening. We remind all of our patients to get screened regularly, as early diagnoses is the best way to stop cancer in its tracks before it becomes a problem.
We are reminding people in the office to get their oral cancer exam!
The modern dental patient has more choices than they did 15 years ago. Braces or Invisalign? At-home or in-office whitening treatment? And, finally, electric or manual toothbrush? With so many options to choose from, it can be challenging for the health-conscious individual to know the best choice for their smile.
Keep reading to find out the differences between using an electric or manual brush.
Easier to Use: Simply hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and let it do the work. This makes it an especially beneficial option for those who suffer from arthritis or other dexterity problems.
May Remove More Plaque: During 2014 a study of 56 subjects, electric brushes were found to remove 21% more plaque than manual brushes. After 3 months, they were found to reduce gingivitis by 11% more than manual brushes.
At Alrez Family Dentistry, the Rotadent electric toothbrush is available for purchase. This brush can only be purchased at a professional dentist’s office. In the video below, you can view a demonstration that shows just how effective the Rotadent brush is at removing plaque.
Expensive: These may range in price from $20-$200. Electric models are a great deal more expensive than their manual counterparts.
Fragile: Don’t drop your brush on the floor! It likely won’t be able to survive a fall. And considering the point above, a broken brush is definitely a bummer.
Clunky: Not only are electric brushes larger and heavier than manual ones, they also have accessories that can take up space. Whether you have to keep batteries on hand or plug it into a wall charger, this gadget takes up more real estate on the bathroom counter when compared with the old-fashioned brush.
Inexpensive: In your local drugstore or supermarket, you can buy a new toothbrush for as little as 99 cents.
Portable: With little to no accessories required, manual brushes stow away easily in your medicine cabinet, and they’re great for traveling. Simply put your brush in a plastic baggie or case, and you’re good to go.
Get the Same Results With Proper Brushing Technique: With diligence and some patience, you really can have the same result with a manual brush as with an electric one.
Requires More Effort to Use Properly: Whereas with an electric toothbrush, you simply let the brush do the work, the power comes from within with manual brushes! To get a proper clean, you need to hold your brush at a 45 degree angle and move in circular motions. Then, you need to brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth at a dead-on angle. For the backs of your pearly whites, use back and forth vertical strokes.
No Built-In Timer: Most electric brushes come with a timer that helps you brush sufficiently. With a manual brush, you have to rely on your own internal timer.
Selecting the Best Brush Can be Tricky: Since you generate the power to clean your teeth with a manual brush, it is essential that you select a brush that is easy for your particular wrist, hand, and mouth. When faced with the enormous wall of choices at the drug store, this can be an overwhelming decision.
So Which One’s Best? It’s Up to You to Decide
Electric toothbrushes are great. They’re highly effective at cleaning teeth with very little effort. However, the truth is that with proper technique and a little bit more elbow grease, manual toothbrushes can be equally effective. There are pros and cons to both brushes, and it’s up to individual patients to choose which one best fits into their lifestyle. At Alrez Family Dentistry, our office recommendation is the Rodadent electric bush.
Oral hygiene is important. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the office for your cleanings every six months go a long way toward keeping your teeth and gums in tip top shape. Besides keeping those chompers in check, good oral health is a good defense against various diseases.
Poor Oral Health Can Lead to These Diseases
Healthy Gums Equal Healthy Lungs: The air we breathe is moisturized with water droplets in our mouths. Bacteria in your mouth can attach to those droplets and end up in your lungs, causing pneumonia. Those who skip their yearly cleanings are 86 percent more likely to contract pneumonia than those who make it to the office every six months.
Want a Healthy Heart? Keep Your Teeth Clean:According to the National Institute of Health, keeping your mouth clean and healthy can reduce risk of heart attack. In a study focused on 128 adults, patients underwent a comprehensive health screening before they filled out a questionnaire about their dental health habits. Upon analysis of the data, scientists were able to find a significant link between good oral hygiene habits and cardiovascular risk factors.
Poor Oral Health May be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease: According to WebMD, the same bacteria that exacerbates gingivitis may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2013 study, scientists analyzed 10 brains of patients with Alzheimer’s, and 10 brains of patients without Alzheimer’s. In 4 out of 10 Alzheimer’s patients, scientists found the same type of bacteria that causes gingivitis. “We are working on the theory that when the brain is repeatedly exposed to bacteria and/or debris from our gums, subsequent immune responses may lead to nerve cell death and possibly memory loss,” says Sim Singhrao, PhD.
If you’re keeping up with your regular dental hygiene, you are taking steps to improve your overall health. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental cleaning, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at Alrez Family Dentistry.
It all started with a document the USDA releases every five years that is filled with research-backed health advice, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. AP noticed that in 2015’s dietary guidelines, flossing had been quietly removed. AP reached out to the US government, which admitted that the effectiveness of flossing was not adequately researched.
The American Dental Association (ADA), and Dr. Alrez, maintain that cleaning between teeth is important. Using floss is a sure-fire way to disrupt and remove plaque. Forty percent of your teeth’s surface is located in between the teeth, so flossing is a necessary step for removing bacteria. In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy, you need to clean 100, not just 60 percent of them!
While dental experts have acknowledged that the research that supports flossing is inadequate and outdated, they add that the research oversight is due to flossing being so obviously necessary, an updated study on its effectiveness would be a waste of resources.
As put by ADA spokesperson, Dr. Matthew Messina, “Nobody’s done a study to say using a parachute jumping out of an airplane is safer than not using a parachute. I’m still going to use a parachute, because we just know that that’s going to work.”
Flossing prevents cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. So keep flossing every day, and your teeth will thank you!
After you undergo dental surgery or restorative treatment, you might be in a little bit of pain. In many cases, you will need to stick to eating soft or liquid foods. Soup is one of the best ways to warm your soul and keep your mouth comfortable after dental work!
That’s why we send patients home with soup when they undergo any type of treatment that may limit their eating briefly. Take a look:
Many patients have been coming into the office complaining that they have problems with teeth grinding. it has inspired us to re-visit an article Dr. Alrez wrote a while back for a local magazine.
If you grind your teeth regularly, you could be at risk of jaw disorders, headaches, broken teeth, and more. The problem is that a lot of teeth grinding happens during sleep, when you aren’t in control. We often recommend teeth grinding night guards to our patients, which are comfortable and safe to sleep in. Plus, they will help to stop you from grinding your teeth in your sleep.
Read the full article below for more information & feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about teeth grinding.
If you haven’t heard, WE’RE MOVING! Don’t worry we’ll still be close to the old office (just over a mile away). Construction has begun on our new location. The official opening day is scheduled for Thursday May 7th!
So where’s our new location going to be? Drumroll please…
Our new address is:
11 Regency Plaza
Glen Mills, PA 19342-1000
It’s in Brinton Lake, right in front of Costco and Crozer and on the same side/next door to The Shoppes at Brinton Lake.
If you’re afraid of change, you won’t need to worry. We’ll be bringing all of our state-of-the-art equipment over to our brand new office. Plus, you can expect to receive the same high level of care that we have always provided. The only thing that’s changing is our location, and we couldn’t be more excited to move into the new office!
Take a look at the current construction and prepare to be amazed when we soon release the “after” photos.
Our very own Dr.Alrez took a visit to Middletown Montessori School this week to give a presentation to the Kindergarten class. February is Children’s Dental Health Month, so Dr.Alrez reminded the children how important it is to brush your teeth!
Did you know? Reports show that American students miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems. Make sure your kids are brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and visiting a dentist every six months.
National Children’s Dental Health Month is during the month of February, and meant to raise awareness of oral health. We did our part by giving a dental health presentation at a local Delaware County school.
Why is this type of celebration and year round attention to children’s dental health important? Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable tooth decay is the most chronic disease in children. More than 40% of children ages 2-11 have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth, and more than 2/3rd’s of 16-19 year olds have a cavity in their permanent teeth.