Are You Cleaning Teeth Wrong?

are you brushing your teeth all wrongWe all know that dental hygiene plays a big role in our overall health.  Brushing your teeth is the most important part of keeping up good dental health.  But are you cleaning teeth wrong? Denplan, a private dental insurance company, created a great infographic showing the best techniques for toothbrushing.

The advice comes from research by Denplan, that found 34 per cent of people admit to missing their dental appointments. And almost half of people said they wouldn’t see their dentist if they experienced bleeding gums – with one in ten reporting they would Google the problem instead.

Denplan’s infographic showing the best technique for tooth brushing, shows that angling the bristles at 45° towards the gum and brushing both sides of the teeth with small circular movements is best. It is also important not to forget to sweep the tongue – which can harbor the bacteria.

Check out the infographic and an instructional video by following the link below:

Bad Breath Tips From Top Dentists

bad breath tipsMost likely you have experienced bad breath at some time in your life.  It could be from something you ate or drank, or if you smoke, or even if you are sick. Sometimes it is hard to combat, especially if it becomes a persistent issue. Just reaching for the mouthwash isn’t a long term solution.  According to some top dentists, these are some bad breath tips that will help you feel like your old self again.

Brush your tongue – When brushing your teeth, it is important to brush your tongue as well. Bacteria accumulates on the back surface of your tongue and can cause a strong odor.

Drink plenty of water – Your favorite drink may be increasing your chance of bad breath.  Coffee, tea and other drinks don’t hydrate your mouth as well as water.  When your mouth is dry, you have less saliva which allows bacteria to sit in your mouth longer and cause bad breath.

Brush after meals -If you only brush twice a day, you may want to consider increasing that amount.  If food remains on your teeth after meals, it causes bacteria and odor.

See your dentist – If you find that your breath is strong no matter what you do, it may suggest that something more is going on besides just poor hygiene. It is important to see your dentist to get to the bottom of it.

How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath According To Top Dentists|Birmingham Mail


Survival Tips For Dental School

survival tips for dental schoolYou made it to dental school!  Congratulations! You’ve worked very hard to get to this point and will need to continue to work hard to earn your degree. It’s not going to be easy, but you can do it.  Here are some survival tips for dental school to help you get through that first year and more.

Time management – This is one of the most important lessons and it is a crucial to stay on top of your studies while still maintaining your personal life.

Organization – Being organized is a huge component of success. Plan ahead and always be aware of your schedule.  Keep a calendar to mark down important dates such as exams and quizzes.

Set time aside for yourself – While you will be busy, it is important to set aside time for yourself so you don’t burn out. Set one evening a week to enjoy time with friends or other activities to help you recharge.

Study effectively – Change up the way you study based on the class and its material.  Take notes, draw pictures, make charts. Cater toward your personal learning style.

Always be professional – You never know how important the connections you make now will become later in your career, so always act professionally.

Keep your body healthy and fit – Get a good night’s sleep.  Eat healthy foods, and make sure you eat!  You will be busy, but it is important to keep your body healthy.

Ask for help – Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your peers, professors, or school administration if you need it. Everyone is there to help you!

Get involved – Enhance your leadership and teamwork capabilities, by getting involved in extracurricular activities. For example, get involved in ASDA to help you get your foot in the door.

Follow these tips and make the best of your dental school years!

8 Tips On Surviving Your First Year Of Dental School|ASDA Blog

Becoming an Emergency Dental Practice

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If you have thought about becoming an emergency dental practice, you should know that there are many rewards both financially and emotionally.  But there are also many personal and professional sacrifices. If you are considering it, you will want to have a good idea of what types of issues you may come across so you can prepare.

Pain – Patients looking for an emergency dental service are most often under a significant amount of pain.  They may have an abscessed tooth or even broken or damaged mouth and teeth from an accident of some sort.

Payment – Most people don’t plan on payment for an emergency dental issue, because, of course, it is unexpected. You may often run into patients who won’t be willing or be able to pay.

Extended and Early Hours – If you plan to enter the field of emergency dentistry you know that you will need to offer extended hours as well as early morning hours.  Most emergency practices stay open from 8 am to 9 pm on average.

One time patients – Being an emergency dentist also means that you will get more one time patients. Many of your patients already have a family dentist, but need to be seen after hours so you’ll only see them the one time. You will also see more patients on weekends.

As an emergency dentist you will see certain issues more than others. These include things like denture problems, trauma, tooth fractures, crown and bridge problems and pain diagnosis.  You will need to be proficiently trained in these things.

If you have thought about becoming an emergency dental practice, keep these things in mind and check out the article from The Dental Geek here: The Rewards and Sacrifices of Becoming an Emergency Dental Practice.

Do I Really Need To Floss Every Day?

 floss every dayYour bedtime routine probably consists of washing your face, brushing your teeth, changing into comfy PJs. But flossing? Flossing is the easy-to-forget habit you know you should be doing daily. But is it really that big of a deal if you don’t floss every day? According to Mark Burhenne, D.D.S, the answer is “No”.

“I would say it’s not a big deal,” says Mark Burhenne, D.D.S., a California dentist and author of The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox​. “It’s really diet and lifestyle first, and then it’s flossing and brushing.”

Check out this video and article from Shape Magazine on the importance of flossing and how your diet can help keep your teeth even healthier than flossing.

Dental Floss: Do I Need To Floss Every Day? | Shape Magazine