• Columbia Orthodontics Is Concerned About Your Teeth

  • toothbrush-268599_640You may have heard the term “biofilm.” This is better known as plaque when it occurs in the mouth.  Biofilm is the debris and bacteria that cause infections to your teeth. It regenerates quickly, so healthy habits are the best defense for a healthier you! With a healthier mouth, you face a lower risk of gum disease and other conditions like heart disease: mouth health has been linked to heart health.

    At Columbia Orthodontic we will help you keep the biofilm off your teeth.

    You can also do your part. Start with a really good brush.

    A power toothbrush went on the marked in the 1960s. It has undergone many technological advances. These include difference in design, bristle motions, rotation oscillation and sonic vibration.

    We can talk about some of these design variances.

    • Rotation oscillation is when the head of the toothbrush alternately rotates in one direction and then the other. Power toothbrushes can deliver up to 50,000 strokes per minute, which is much more effective than the average 300 strokes per minute with a manual toothbrush.
    • A smaller brush head is available for hard-to-reach areas. This is a good alternative for small mouths. The brush heads are replaceable and should be changed every three to six months. Each family member should have his or her own brush head while sharing the base motor.
    • A large handle is better for members of the household with arthritis, children, or family with other physical disabilities.

    You should brush for a minimum of two minutes. Some electric toothbrushes include a signal you can hear, such as a beep every 30 seconds, to indicate it’s time to switch to a different area of the mouth. Others sound an alert after the full two minutes has elapsed.

    Will an electric toothbrush harm the teeth or gums? Studies indicate that people tend to apply more damaging pressure to their teeth and gums during manual brushing than when they use an electric toothbrush. If you experience tooth sensitivity, choose a model with pressure sensors that stop the toothbrush any time you press too hard.

    Dr. Croft and his team will make toothbrush suggestions if you have any concerns. Come in to one of the three convenient locations.

    Salmon Creek, Cascade Park, Battle Ground.

    Call 360 883-3800.

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