Which toothbrush is really better?

Manual Toothbrushes
Pros: Inexpensive easy to travel with. Most have a handle that is easy to grip and some have a tongue scraper.

Cons: Manual toothbrushes can be difficult for some people to grip firmly. There is no built-in timer to tell when two minutes are up.

Electric Toothbrushes
Pros: Most electric toothbrushes have larger handles that are easier to grip. Some have built-in timers to tell you when you have brushed for two minutes. A lot of people think the feel and buzzing of the toothbrush feels good. Some electric toothbrushes dispense toothpaste.

Cons: Some electric toothbrushes are expensive. Most of them require battery replacement or charging.

The decision comes down to what you desire with comfort and convenience. Using the toothbrush is what is really important.

Do whitening toothpastes really work?

Whitening toothpastes can make your teeth a little lighter by removing stains. However, they do not bleach your teeth. In-office whitening or take-home whitening kits are much more effective.

What is a Missing Tooth Clause?

Over 90 percent of dental insurance policies have a missing tooth clause. This clause protects the insurance company from paying for a tooth that was missing before the insurance policy was in effect. For instance, if a patient lost a tooth before your insurance coverage began and then decided to have a bridge or dental implant placed by our dentist to replace the tooth, the insurance company would not have to pay for the treatment if they have a missing tooth clause.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is made up of a titanium implant post and a dental restoration. Dr. Truong Nguyen will surgically place the implant post in your jawbone at Always Dental Care. A dental implant post is meant to act as a permanent replacement tooth root. Once the jawbone has healed, our dentist in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, will attach a dental restoration, like crown.

What’s the best type of floss?

Use whatever type and flavor of floss you prefer. Studies show that they work equally well. It is important to floss at least once a day.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealant is a thin coating that is applied to the chewing surface of the back teeth to block out plaque and food particles. This is a great way to protect your teeth or your child’s teeth from decay. Most insurances will pay for sealants for children’s teeth. Sealants can also be placed on adults’ teeth, but insurance usually won’t cover them.

What causes dry mouth?

Dry mouth could be a symptom of a medical condition or a side effect of some medications. Sufficient saliva is needed to wash away food particles and reduce plaque in the mouth by neutralizing the acids from plaque. The following medications can cause dry mouth:

  • Antihistamines
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Pain pills
  • Decongestants
  • Incontinence medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Diuretics
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Parkinson’s disease medications