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The “Tooth” About Toothbrushes

Holly Klock - Sunday, February 25, 2018

The debate between electric and manual toothbrushes seems to be a never ending face-off but today, Maestri Family Dentistry will help you decide what:s the best toothbrush for you. Whether you decide on manual or electric, generally you are supposed to brush for a solid two minutes, twice a day. For manual toothbrushes, getting something that you can properly grip is important. You want to be able to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.

Electric toothbrushes have a lot more to consider. From vibration, size, and timing, there are a ton of things offered by different brands. Buying an electric toothbrush can be a bit of an investment but many people swear by it. Below are a list of features that help brushing more convenient and effective:

  1. Rechargeable battery. Having a rechargeable battery can save you money! Make sure you get something that makes brushing more convenient overall. From purchase to repurchase, you want something that lasts a long time.
  2. Modes. A lot of electric toothbrushes allow you to choose a mode for brushing. Spinning, up and down, fast, slow. There are so many options. Everyone likes to be able to choose what is best for them. Get a toothbrush that gives you that.
  3. Timing. As we mentioned before, you should be brushing twice a day for two minutes. Some electric toothbrushes add to the convenience factor because they tell you how long you have been brushing or even set a timer to 2 minuses to ensure you brush for the right amount of time.
  4. Comfort. From grip to bristles, don’t compromise on comfort. Figure out the best and most comfortable option for you. Some people need softer bristles or a bulkier handle.
  5. Budget. You may need to look in to the different aspects of the toothbrush. Will you need to buy a replacement after a certain amount of time? Will you need to keep buying batteries or does it have a rechargeable battery? Is it known for breaking easily? Make sure you do some research and that you are getting the biggest bang for your buck!

Now that you know what elements to look for, let’s talk about the Sonicare that we offer here at Maestri Family Dentistry. Sonicare has a large variety of options. If you are looking for something that you can connect to your phone through an app or something extremely simple, there is one for everybody at or you can talk to us at your next appointment! Sonicare toothbrushes have timers, rechargeable batteries, and most have multiple modes to choose from. They are the perfect size for grip and reach.

If you are looking for a toothbrush upgrade, the options are endless. The real “tooth” about toothbrushes is that one size doesn’t always fit all. Find what works for you and if that means sticking with a manual toothbrush, stay true to you!


Gum and Heart Disease -- Is there a connection?

Holly Klock - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What is the connection between periodontitis and heart disease?  One of the main symptoms of gum disease is swelling. The infection can develop below the gum line and that is when the issues comes in. This is because the bacteria from the lower gum infection can then travel through the body through pathways in the mouth including the ones that lead to the heart. The more bacteria that is building up in your mouth, the more you could actually have in your heart. So how can you prevent the spread of infection to your heart? Follow the steps below to help:

  1. Address your oral health with a professional. Make sure you talk to your dentist if something feels off. Most of the time, if you stay up to date with your check-ups, health issues can be caught sooner than later.
  2. Brush your teeth. Making sure that you brush your teeth thoroughly can help decrease the amount of bacteria in your mouth, thus, preventing the spread of any bacteria to your heart!
  3. Floss regularly. Sometimes brushing your teeth isn’t enough. Flossing can get to the hard to reach bacteria in your mouth that hides between your teeth. Don’t forget to floss those pearly whites to complete your teeth cleaning regimen!
  4. Mouthwash. To complete this triple threat, swishing some mouthwash around your mouth can really seal the “healthy teeth” deal.
  5. Avoid. There are certain habits that can increase your risk of gum disease such as smoking or a bad diet.

Overall, living a healthy lifestyle includes your dental upkeep. Avoiding unhealthy habits and adopting new, healthy ones are important to preventing all types of systemic diseases. Make a checklist of things to do every day: brush, floss, wash. Then, remember to call Maestri Family Dentistry to schedule your check ups and address any concerns you have!



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