Tooth Brushing Mistakes

7 Mistakes You Might Be Making

You’re not brushing long enough. The ADA recommends brushing for two minutes, but many fall short and don’t even realize it. Our perception of how long we’re brushing is not very accurate. Take out the guesswork and use an electric toothbrush that beeps at reaching two minutes, or use a timer.

You might be brushing too hard. When you press hard against your teeth and gums, you feel that you’re really getting the teeth clean, but it can do harm. The point of brushing is to remove plaque which is sticky but also soft. Pushing too hard can over-stress the gum tissue and cause it to recede, exposing part of the tooth’s root. It can become sensitive to hot and cold, and be more susceptible to cavities than the hard enamel part of the tooth.

You’re brushing at the wrong angle. Brushing straight across isn’t the best way to brush. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle—upward for your top teeth and downward for your bottom teeth—so the bristles can sweep and clean under the gum line. Gently brush your teeth in small circles. If you’re using an electric sonic toothbrush, you don’t need to angle the brush to 45 degrees or make circles. They’re designed to go straight on the tooth and you just hold it there for a few seconds.

Your toothbrush bristles are too firm. Drug store toothbrushes are often too harsh for your teeth and gums, so most dentists don’t recommend them. Instead, choose soft or ultra-soft bristles that can gently get down under the gum line. Hard and medium brushes don’t get under the gumline and can actually cause abrasions on the gum.

Your toothbrush head is too big. It should fit your mouth comfortably – and in most cases, smaller is better. Unless you have a large mouth, compact brush heads do a better job of helping you access hard-to-reach and hard-to-see molars.

You haven’t changed your toothbrush in a year. Bristles become splayed out, bent, and curved over time so when you angle your brush to 45 degrees, they no longer point in the right direction. The bristles turn softer and stop working as effectively. You must change your toothbrush every three months.

You don’t floss regularly. It is recommended to floss at least once daily, but most do not floss. Brushing alone is not enough, it reaches a little between teeth, and not removing all of the plaque. That’s where flossing come in.

Doing It Right in Downtown Seattle

Know more about the correct way of tooth-brushing, and flossing, as well, when you visit Smile Art in Seattle. Don’t put yourself at risk.

What Purpose Do Wisdom Teeth Have?

Smart Wisdom Tooth Facts

What is wisdom teeth for anyway? And why do most dentists recommend them for extraction? Find out here as we gather interesting information about these troublesome third molars.
Wisdom teeth haven’t served any purpose for hundreds of thousands of years. Unlike prehistoric man, today’s humans prefer softer foods, and besides our cooking and eating tools make it possible that we don’t anymore use our wisdom teeth.

The number of wisdom teeth varies from person to person. Genetic factors might determine the number of wisdom teeth that a person has, like jaw size. This variation can be attributed to a random genetic mutation, thereby preventing the formation of wisdom teeth. This mutation is more prevalent in certain populations.

In most cases, wisdom teeth erupt when in the late teens or early twenties, but there’s the phenomenon of isolated cases of wisdom tooth erupting later in age. The oldest known case of an impacted tooth was found in the skeleton of a 25-35 year-old woman who died some 15,000 years ago. This case cast doubt on the theory that impacted teeth are a modern ailment, caused by recent changes in our dietary habits.

Wisdom tooth, in English, conveys the idea that third molars come in later than other teeth, when one is older and supposedly wiser. In Korean, third molars translates to “love teeth,” because they erupt around the time when teens or those in their 20s typically experience their first love. In Japanese, wisdom tooth is creatively called oyashirazu, or “unknown to parents,” since most people have already moved away from home by the time their wisdom teeth come in.

Although still in the experimental phase, scientists are studying dental stem cells, discovered in 2003, to see if they can potentially be used to repair and regenerate tissue. There are studies with dental pulp cells being used to treat neurological disorders and problems in the eye and others.

Being Smart with Wisdom Teeth in Seattle

If your wisdom tooth is giving you problems or pain, make an appointment at Smile Art in downtown Seattle for consultation. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of of a problematic wisdom tooth.

What 7 Oral Signs Are Telling You About Your Health

Oral Indicators of Poor Health

Did you know that you can have poor oral health even when you’re taking good care of your mouth? It can be, that, if your general health is poor, it can ruin your oral health. There are oral problems that indicate poor general health.

You have a smooth tongue. A smooth tongue can be a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency, also iron and folate deficiencies. Vitamin B12 deficiency makes the tongue sore and red in color, and this is something that vegans and vegetarians are at risk for because they don’t eat animal products. Incidentally, using dentures can also lead to a smooth tongue.

You have inflamed gums. Inflamed gums could mean that your body has chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and dementia.

You have a geographic tongue. Most times a geographic tongue is harmless. It is marked by patches, discoloration, and hairlike projections on the tongue. According to Mayo Clinic, a geographic tongue doesn’t increase the risk of health conditions, but it causes anxiety because of its appearance.

Your tongue is pale-colored. This can be pale due to poor oral hygiene. Bacteria and dead cells can cause a white coating on the tongue. If it is not poor hygiene, it could be a sign of iron deficiency or anemia. You can increase your intake of iron-rich foods.

You have bad breath. Most people with bad breath have poor oral hygiene, sometimes it’s a sign of a much bigger problem. Kidney failure can make your breath foul because of waste buildup in the body.

You have persistent lesions. It could be canker sores, which resolve in a week or two. There should not be a problem there. However, lesions that don’t go away could be a sign of oral cancer and also common with HIV infections. You must get checked if the lesion lasts for more than two weeks.

You have receding gums and tooth loss. Tooth loss is usually a sign of osteoporosis, which causes bone loss in the jawbone, leading to teeth loosening up in their sockets.

Regular Dental Visits in Downtown Seattle

If you’re visiting your dentist regularly, chances are your dentist may spot some signs of general health issues. Your downtown Seattle dentist will surely give you an oral exam each time you come in to check for general underlying factors.