Gardening, Photography & Home-Cooking are just a few of what I love doing!

Gardening, Photography & Home-Cooking are just a few of what I love doing!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Current Debates in the Dental World

There are two commandments when it comes to oral hygiene that seem to have been written in stone from the beginning of time: brush twice daily and floss at least once a day. Although no Appleton dentist would dare to question this time-honored edict, many dental professionals do tend to question some of the details regarding these two practices. Two of the most widely debated issues are whether or not fluoridated dental care products actually make a difference in oral health, and the second is whether the is any merit to spending $100 or more on a fancy electric toothbrush. This article will discuss briefly the pros and cons of each point.

Fluoridated Oral Care

Fluoride is generally known in the dental world to aid in the formation and preservation of a tooth’s surface enamel. Because this information is so well known, city and state governments have actually started inserting trace amounts of fluoride into city water supplies to help with the dental health of the communities they serve. Because fluoride reacts with minerals in your saliva, ingesting it through the water supply makes a lot of sense in aiding its function. The problem is that nearly every toothpaste in America claims to contain fluoride to aid in the prevention of cavities. In reality, most people actually spit and rinse after brushing, washing away any of the fluoride that might have benefited them. Because fluoride can be toxic if ingested in large quantities, many people wonder if there is actually a benefit to supplying it through toothpaste in addition to water, or if it just increases the odds of accidental overdose.

Electric Toothbrush

If you ask any Appleton dentist whether there is a benefit to using an electric toothbrush to a standard one, you may be surprised at the varying answers that you get. Although electric toothbrushes seem like they should work better, in reality they may not have much added benefit. The problem with most peoples brushing routines is that they don’t brush long enough. Most dentists recommend that you brush for at least two minutes per session to ensure that you get all of the decay causing material out of your mouth. Electric toothbrushes often have timers that will aid in this, but aside from that many dentists don’t see that spending a fortune on a toothbrush is a worthwhile investment in dental health.

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