Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What Is Good Oral Hygiene?


Bad breath cannot be a consistent problem. Gums don't bleed or hurt and especially appear in pink when you brush or floss. And when you want to keep your teeth as clean as possible and free of debris then that is what you call "good oral hygiene".

Good oral hygiene is a consequence in the mouth that looks and smells healthy. If you are undergoing constant bad breath, or your gums do hurt and bleed while brushing then that is a sign that you need to see your dentist. Any of these cases are implications to certain dental problems. 

Your dentist or any dental professional can aid in helping you learn the good oral hygiene techniques and approach that can help you identify that part of your mouth that may require or need extra consideration and care during brushing as well as during flossing.

Regular teeth brushing and cleaning between teeth is an important habit for good oral hygiene. Cleaning between your teeth after brushing once or twice a day is ideally better. Dental floss is commonly used to do this to remove plaque from between teeth. And for those who are unable to use a toothbrush in particular, regular rinsing with antiseptic help to clean the teeth and prevent gum disease.

Try to avoid sugary foods for they are the main source of bacteria in the mouth. They are broken down into acid which is the common cause of tooth decay and also, tooth erosion

Good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums and so it is very crucial maintaining the same. It will not only empower you by making you feel and look good, but also allow you to eat and speak the proper way. Practicing good oral health takes part into your overall well-being.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Digital Impression Technique in The Dental Industry


Do you remember my latest blog article How Digital Dentistry Can Help Simplify The Digital Workflow, where you could read about how digital technologies take the dental industry by storm? In this blog article, I will dig deeper into the effects of intra-oral scanning and why the technique has earned its good reputation. I spoke to a dentist and a dental technician that use Elos Medtech’s digital dentistry solution about their, and more importantly, their patients’ experiences of the digital technique.

The digital development is on the rise within the dental industry

If you ask a dentist and a dental technician about the digital development within dental care, you will most likely get two different answers. From a dentist’s point of view, the development has accelerated only in the last few years, involving digital prints, 3D-printing and intra-oral scanning. For the dental labs, on the other hand, the digital development arose already in the early nineties, starting with the scanner. Since then, many new technologies have emerged on the market, creating a high level of competition. Today, many of the dental labs have up to 95 percent digital equipment, and within the coming five years, most of the dental labs will probably go completely digital. 

The dentists and dental technicians requested a modern and high-quality technique 

The dentist and the dental technician work in symbiosis with each other, one dependent on the other to do their job. Therefore, the need for a digital impression technique was just as big for both parties. The dental industry had a need for a smooth technique that would  produce a safe, high-quality product with a good fit. The need for a digital impression technique was also driven by pure health reasons, since the process of molding an object frees a lot of unhealthy gas. Today, the intra-oral scanning procedure is growing stronger and stronger within the dental industry.

“In the dental industry, it is important to work with open systems, and not be tied to certain production flows, which Elos Medtech’s solution enables. The cooperation with Elos Medtech was very successful”, says Bj√∂rn Gjelvold, Dentist at the Swedish Public Dental Service.

Read full story at    elosmedtech.com

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Surprising Truth Behind Cough Syrup

It’s the season of sneezes and coughs, and the risk for colds and the flu is on the rise. At my dental office in Nokesville, we strive to keep our patients healthy, but even we don’t have a cure for the common cold. While many of us turn to over-the-counter medicines to put our pesky coughs to sleep, cough medicines can actually contribute to tooth decay and cavities.

Cough syrups and lozenges often contain sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, and alcohol. While these ingredients help relieve some symptoms and make managing a cold a bit easier, they can also cause damage to your teeth.


Mary Poppins may have been on to something when she sang, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Many cough medicines include sugar to make the liquid easier to take and not so awful tasting. However, sugar is a main contributor of tooth decay and cavities. Mouth bacteria consume sugars which are then broken down into acid. This acid attacks the enamel and leads to decay.

Read full story at:  www.bolildds.com

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