How To Buy the Right Toothbrush?

Many people do not even consider the kind of toothbrush they purchase when they go to their local pharmacy or grocery store. The right kind of toothbrush, however, can have monumental effects on your dental health and hygiene, preventing you from having strenuous dentist appointments. 

Many of the factors that go into a great toothbrush are personal preference, but many factors have actual effects on your teeth and can help you keep them clean.

1. ADA Approval

The first thing you should check when buying a toothbrush is the status of its ADA approval. Any brush your dentist at your family dental clinic will recommend is ADA approved and your dentist can help you pick one. ADA approval requires the toothbrush to be sturdy, and bristles to have safe tips as to not harm your gums or teeth. ADA approved brushes are also extremely effective at removing plaque and preventing cavities and gum disease.

2. Electric or Manual?

The choice between electric or manual toothbrushes has been the hot topic of recent debates. The answer to this question however, lies in individual preference and circumstance. This is because manual and electric toothbrushes have been shown to be as effective as each other minus rotation oscillation toothbrushes. Your dentist will recommend that you use a toothbrush that is comfortable for you and that you will want to use every day.

3. Bristle Type

There are three bristle types available to you when you are shopping for a new toothbrush, soft, medium, and hard. Medium and hard bristles have specific purposes, but can damage your gums if used too vigorously, potentially causing a general dentistry visit. We recommend that most people stick to a soft-bristled toothbrush, unless recommended otherwise by your dentist and your family dental clinic.
For any questions regarding general dentistry and affordable dental care or to set up an appointment, call Paul Krause Dental today!

Should I See A Dentist About Sugar?

Sugar has many effects on your teeth, with a lot of them being extremely harmful and taxing on your dental health and hygiene. Eating sugar can lead to dental problems and if treated irresponsibly, can lead to intense dental procedures such as a root canal. If you think your teeth may be damaged by sugars, call Paul Krause Dental for affordable dental care and implants.

How Does Sugar Harm Your Teeth?

First, sugar has a direct connection to tooth decay. Eating foods containing sugar, which combine with saliva and bacteria in the mouth forms plaque. Plaque dissolves enamel, a protective coating on our teeth. This leaves our teeth vulnerable to decay and in turn, cavities. If left untreated, this tooth decay can progress to nerve damage and would require a crown implant. This procedure known as a root canal.

A general dentist can complete a crown implant. So this means it would not require a second party, such as an orthodontist when receiving braces. The root canal procedure is not dangerous and can be even considered easy at the right dental office.

Other Problems Can Also Arise

Plaque production leads to other serious problems such as gum disease. If caught early, a dentist can cure gum disease, but if it progresses too far then it can only be treated, not cured.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

Swollen gums

Tender guns

Bleeding gums

Off-color bright red gums

If you develop symptoms of gum disease you should schedule a dentist appointment immediately.

Paul Krause Dental has been serving the Omaha area for years, providing affordable dental care to the area. If caught, most dental problems can be sorted out easily in our offices. Additionally, a normal, 6-month dental checkup should be able to catch any problem before it progresses too far.

To schedule a dentist appointment and take care of your teeth, call Paul Krause Dental today!