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Which is More Effective, an Air Flosser or a Water Flosser?
Posted on 3/25/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
In the dental world, flossing is the precision SWAT team sent in to clear out debris that cannot be removed by brushing alone. As important as it is, only 4 out of 10 American adults floss daily and the number is much lower for children. It is a loathed chore and that fact has brought about the invention of electric flossing tools (or oral irrigation devices) that make it easier and even more fun! Two types of flossing tools have emerged, thus bringing about the question, which is more effective? Water FlosserThe first oral irrigator was developed in 1962, and eventually became the Waterpik, the most widely known brand. It employs a stream of water to remove food and plaque and studies have shown that it works more efficiently than manual flossing alone. Air FlosserThe air flosser arrived on the scene much, much later, perhaps in response to some of the water flosser's drawbacks. It uses a microburst technology, which is bursts of air combined with your choice of water or mouthwash. The technology of the water flosser has had more than 50 years to gain its name and following, but the size of the unit on a bathroom counter, the mess it can make, and the need for a hose (making it less portable,) has made the air flosser a popular alternative. It is lightweight, easily portable, and, since it doesn't use water, requires no cleanup. But is one better than the other? A 2012 study showed that the water flosser, along with manual tooth brushing, removed significantly more plaque than the air flosser and manual tooth brushing. As long as these tools increase the number of people flossing regularly, it really doesn't matter which works better when it comes down to it! Flossing, manually, with water, or with air, is vital to your dental health, as well as regular cleanings and care! Call our office to set up your next cleaning today!...

Where is the Safest Place to Store Your Toothbrush?
Posted on 3/15/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
Your smile is important and your oral health defines your smile. Just like any other aspects of health, your oral health should never be neglected. Start your journey to healthy teeth and gums through proper oral hygiene. This means that toothbrush is your best friend in fighting tooth decay and gum infections. You should brush your teeth two to three times per day for a healthier, brighter smile. However, just like any other brushes, toothbrush can be a medium of germ transfer, but you can fight this by knowing how to safely store your toothbrush. The major rules that everybody knows about toothbrush are sharing toothbrush is very unhygienic and replacing toothbrush every three to four months is a must. However, not all people know the rules in storing toothbrush. Find out where is the best place you can store your toothbrush without worrying about contamination and germs transfer. Toothbrush Needs AirYour toothbrush needs to breathe, too. Do not store your toothbrush inside an enclosed toothbrush storage to avoid moist environment. Moist environment can be a large factor in increasing germ production and transfer. Do remember that germs and microbes recreate faster in a damp condition. To avoid germ build up, you might want to air dry your toothbrush after every use. It is important that your toothbrush is stored in an upright position with enough air to dry quickly. Your Toothbrush Needs an Alone TimeNow that you know what kind of toothbrush holder you need to use, it is time to know where to properly place your toothbrush holder. But first, you must ensure that your toothbrush is away from other toothbrushes. If not possible because there are multiple toothbrushes in one toothbrush holder, at least keep the toothbrushes separated. This is essential to prevent cross contamination. Do not store your toothbrush near the kitchen and toilet to avoid being splashed with soapy water and being affected by the aerosol effect of the toilet. Keep your teeth and gums healthy. Contact us today and we will take care of your smile!...

Getting More Water Into Your Diet
Posted on 2/23/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
If you need to have more water added to your diet, then you should consider the many ways that you can sneak some water in here and there. When you do this, you can help your body stay hydrated and make sure that you are feeling your best when the time comes. Unlike some of the other vitamins and minerals that you can grab from a pill, you have to actually make sure to drink water throughout the day in order to get enough of it. Tips for Drinking More WaterWater helps your body overall, including your oral health. You can stay hydrated, make sure you do not get dry mouth and always feel your best in the end. When this happens, it is important to think about how much water you currently drink and how much you need to make it to around 8, 8-ounce glasses per day. This might seem like a lot, but when you drink it here and there, it is actually quite manageable. Keep a water bottle with you at all times to ensure that you have something to sip on and replace this with soda, coffee or other beverages that you would normally sip on throughout the day. While a cup of coffee or tea in the morning is okay, drinking water throughout the day is highly recommended. It is easy to get into the system and can also have fruit added to it to give it a jolt of flavor and a bit of natural sugars to make it tastier for the drinker. If you want to find out how your oral health does, speak with us here. We can set you up with a dental appointment to get a cleaning and exam to ensure that you get the proper oral health in the end. This is a great way to ensure that you have great oral health. Speak with us today!...

All Posts:

Which is More Effective, an Air Flosser or a Water Flosser?
Where is the Safest Place to Store Your Toothbrush?
Getting More Water Into Your Diet
Ways of Adding Seaweed Into Your Daily Diet
Winter Allergies That Can Affect Your Teeth
Symptoms Your Dental Abscess is Spreading
Why You Need to Have a Healthy Mouth Before Replacement Surgery
What Winter's Cold Can Do to Sensitive Teeth
When to Replace an Old Filling
When Chewing Hurts, We Need To Know About It
Treating Dry Socket
Top Three Causes of Dental Cracks
Managing Pain of an Erupting Tooth When You Get Older
Managing Pain Following a Filling
Can Wearing a Mouth Guard Reduce Mouth Pain?
Daily Ways of Whitening Your Teeth
What You Can Do to Protect Dental Crowns
What Summer Heat Means for Your Teeth
Why Your Dentist May Use a Laser for Your Gums
Why You Want to Avoid Orange Lipstick if You Want a Whiter Smile
What Fiber Offers Your Mouth When You Eat It
What Causes Dental Cracks?
How Can You Get Caffeine without Dealing with Tooth Stains?
How Does Sensitive Formula Toothpaste Help Your Teeth Not Hurt?
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