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The Toothbrush: Should You Go Electric?

Which is better: a manual or electric toothbrush?

A regular teeth cleaning routine is a critical part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Optimum dental health starts at home in the bathroom, with consistently brushing your teeth. In this post, we take a look at the humble toothbrush. Which does a better job, the traditional manual or an electric?

You might think it doesn’t make much difference, provided you brush your teeth regularly, and include flossing as part of your routine. But recent studies have shown that electric toothbrushes may do a somewhat better job at reducing dental plaque and gum inflammation (gingivitis).

There are electric toothbrushes with heads that rotate, vibrate, or move quickly back and forth. Some can brush at up to 30,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to about 200 strokes per minute with a manual brush, and the electric toothbrush just might have an edge.

Brushing longer with a manual may help make up the difference. If you go that route, take care not to over-do it. Brushing too hard or for too long, whether you use a manual or an electric, can wear away at tooth enamel, and lead to greater sensitivity.

For some people there are clear advantages to using an electric toothbrush: they can make brushing a lot easier for those with arthritis or dexterity issues. And they’re a good option for people with braces.

Whichever method you choose, remember that it’s important to replace your toothbrush or brush head every three months. You should replace it even sooner if the bristles are getting frayed, or if you get sick.

Back To Basics With Oral Hygiene

Gel or paste toothpaste? Baking soda or Fluoride? Dental floss or dental picks? Electric or standard toothbrush? What about mouthwash??

Standing in the dental care aisle at the store can seem overwhelming and the endless amount of options can feel like dental health is a complex thing. So lets get back to basics.

Good oral health helps avoid tooth decay and cavities. Tooth decay happens when bacteria forms on your teeth and eats away at your tooth enamel. It’s important to make a daily effort to remove this plaque from your teeth.

Brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. There are hundreds of toothbrushes to choose from. Talk with your dentist about which would be the best type to help clean your teeth.

Learn proper flossing techniques. Floss can reach in between your teeth and get plaque off of areas that a toothbrush may not be able to reach.

Toothpaste that contains fluoride is another excellent way to help prevent cavities. Fluoride offers teeth an extra level of protection by neutralizing acid that is caused by plaque. Your family dentist can recommend the most effective toothpastes.

Last but definitely not least is regular visits to your general or family dentist. It’s best to see your dentist every six months to make sure they are able to deep clean your teeth regularly and also be able to monitor any changes in your dental health. If they find issues like gum disease or oral cancer, catching it early can be a key to treating it effectively.

These simple oral health steps can help your smile stay healthy and beautiful. Contact a Crown Council dentist today to maintain your dental hygiene.

The 2017 Smiles for Life Campaign Raises $1.9M for Children’s Charities Worldwide

Salt Lake City, UT – September 27, 2017 –Smiles are everywhere, thanks to the Crown Council and the Smiles for Life Foundation, which raised $1,904,443.54 for underprivileged children over a four-month period. The Crown Council, an alliance of dentists committed to promoting oral health and giving back to their communities, has raised over $40 million since the Foundation’s establishment in 1998.

Every spring, Crown Council dentists whiten patients’ teeth at a discounted rate and donate the proceeds to the Smiles for Life campaign for use in the local community. The other half were contributed to international humanitarian initiatives in over 500 various Crown Council-approved children’s charities worldwide. These organizations help kids with an emphasis on improving health, education and programs in underserved communities.

These generous donations also fund restorative dental procedures for children with missing or damaged teeth. Thanks to the generosity of dentists and patients alike, children experience an immeasurable boost in self-esteem.

As in previous years, the Crown Council partnered with Ultradent Products, Inc., “the tooth whitening company.” Ultradent donated 100% of the whitening materials for the Smiles for Life campaign, including a wide range of Opalescence whitening products to customize a patient’s bright new smile. Smiles For Life also continues to partner with the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, supporting Child Life Zones in Children’s Hospitals across the United States

“Smiles For Life is a big win for everyone involved,” explains Greg Anderson. “Patients enjoy a brighter smile at a discounted price, our member dentists feel the satisfaction of giving back to their community, and, best of all, children in need find their lives are a little better and brighter.”

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Boost Your Mood With A Smile Makeover

Everyone knows that feeling great makes you want to smile. But did you also know that smiling can make you feel great?

The best part is, the smile doesn’t even need to be genuine. Real or faked, the effects of smiling are the same. Psychological scientists at the University of Kansas looked into the benefits of smiling on patient’s health and stress levels. They found that smiling releases dopamine which helps increase your feelings of happiness. It also releases serotonin which helps reduces stress and lowers your heart rate during tense situations. This can help decrease your blood pressure and some studies suggest that smiling more frequently can lead to living a longer life.

So how do you feel about your smile? Some patients feel that cosmetic dentistry improvements to their smiles are just that- “cosmetic”- and therefore unnecessary. And while an updated smile does take aesthetics into account, it can do more than just make your smile look more beautiful. It really can help improve your overall health. The trick is figuring out which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you? Maybe you have gaps in your teeth you would like to close? Try Invisalign clear braces. Are your teeth discolored? Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most dramatic smile makeover procedures. Porcelain veneers are another favorite at our cosmetic dental offices. These small thin veneers perfectly match your surrounding teeth and give your smile a more even and natural look.

No matter which method you choose to enhance your smile, we are fairly certain you will want to show that new smile off more. Choose a Crown Council Dentist from our directory and take control of your smile and your oral health. Soon you will be able to flash that gorgeous new smile!

Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

dental implant dentistMany savvy dental patients who are missing a tooth would like to learn more about how dental implants can help restore their smile. While implant dentistry is a great solution in many cases, there are some factors that may disqualify you from being able to receive an implant.

Age: If you are a child or teenager, your bones (including your jawbone) are still growing, so placing a permanent post in your jawbone is not advisable until you are older.

Pregnancy: If you are currently pregnant, your Crown Council dental implants dentist will most likely recommend waiting to receive a dental implant until after the baby is born.

Smoking: The rate of success for a dental implant is considerably lower for smokers than for non-smokers.

Disease: Chronic diseases like hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, and significant immune deficiencies could put you at risk if you undergo dental implant placement. You may still be a candidate if you have one of these conditions. Your Crown Council dentist can assess your individual case and let you know.

The most effective way to learn whether or not you would be a good dental implant candidate is to contact a dental implants specialist near you (use our handy tool to find a Crown Council dentist), and schedule a consultation. Our dentists have the knowledge and experience to assess your oral health needs and help you find the best solution for restoring your beautiful smile.

Sedation Dentistry For Dental Anxiety

Don’t let your fear of the dentist get in the way of an emergency visit or regular checkups. If you’ve cracked your tooth or injured your mouth, schedule an appointment with your local cosmetic dentist as soon as possible. Don’t wait to fix a broken or missing tooth–your jawbone health is at risk. Once your Crown Council dentist determines which restorative procedures you’ll need, they will come up with a sedation dentistry plan to keep you calm throughout your visit.Sedation Dentistry Eases Dental Anxiety

Some patients only need a mild anti-anxiety medication to relax them before their procedure, while others may need nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is inexpensive and helps you stay relaxed. A combination of nitrous oxide and a sedative may be necessary. Just make sure you bring someone with you to drive you home afterward. While you may experience some discomfort for a few days after the procedure, you’ll be able to return to your usual routine quickly.

After you come in for your first evaluation, you and dentist may decide on intravenous, or IV, sedation. You’ll be fully asleep during the procedure and will need some time to recover, so make sure you have someone with you. We typically use IV sedation dentistry for more complex dental surgeries, but each patient’s situation is unique. Feeling brave about your dental health yet? Choose a dentist from our directory to find a Crown Council dentist in your area. We’ll see you soon!