Dental Care and Technology

dental care and technologyManual brushing and flossing are becoming a thing of the past. Technology and dental offices have been intertwined for quite some time, but this bond is evolving into home-care products as well. These products are being made to combat common dental issues in order to maintain proper dental health for everyone at home.

With the upward trend of technology and dental care, there is no excuse for allowing your dental health to worsen.

Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are one of the more popular oral care products that can be used at home. Electric toothbrushes are proven to be more effective than manual brushes because they utilize vibrations to perform a deeper clean.

The benefits of an electric toothbrush are listed below:

Easy To Use

Manual toothbrushes force you to do all the work, while electric toothbrushes take care of the hard work for you. All you need to do is place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against your teeth, brush in a circular motion and let the brush go to work. The simplicity of these devices encourages users to brush on a more consistent basis.

Less Plaque

Electric brushes are much more effective than manual brushes in removing plaque from your teeth. The vibrating and pulsating motion of the brush performs a deeper clean, removing plaque more effectively than a manual brush.

Built In Timer

Most electric toothbrushes have a timer built into the device. Colgate recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes, so the brushes are programmed to clean your teeth for the recommended amount of time.

Hydro Flosser

A hydro flosser is a great alternative to the traditional method of flossing. These devices use a powerful water stream to clean between your teeth as opposed to stringed floss, which can be tedious and time consuming.

The benefits of a hydro flosser are listed below:

Easier To Maneuver

A hydro flosser works by pointing the tip of the flosser at your gumline and cleaning between your teeth with a water jet. The device does most of the work for you, as all the user needs to do is power it on and point to where they want the jet to clean.

Deeper Clean

Regular brushing may not be enough to maintain proper oral care. Flossing is recommended once per day, but many people ignore flossing due to the tedious task of wrapping floss around your finger. Hyrdo flossers remove more plaque than just brushing alone, resulting in a cleaner, healthier smile.

Easy On The Gums

A hydro flosser is easier on the gums than traditional flossing, which can cause bleeding. Hydro flossers are shown to be 93% more effective at reducing bleeding than traditional flossing. While the water stream is powerful enough to perform a deep clean, it will not cause damage to your gums.

Risks Involved With Poor Oral Care

While these products are designed to protect your teeth, neglecting even the most basic of oral maintenance techniques can result in a number of oral health issues. Pushing aside dental care can come with a number of repercussions, with one of the most severe being gum disease:

Gum Disease

Gum disease is the inflammation of the gumline that can affect the bone surrounding your teeth if not treated properly. You may think gum disease is a singular condition, but it can actually worsen into three stages:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease where inflammation of the gums is caused by plaque build up around the gumline. Without the removal of plaque through proper brushing and flossing, plaque can irritate the gum tissue, causing gingivitis.

A couple warning signs of gingivitis include bleeding during brushing and flossing, which can be reversed if the individual visits the dentist and changes to a more consistent oral care regimen.

Periodontitis

If gingivitis is untreated, gum disease can progress to periodontitis. During this stage, supporting tissues holding the teeth in place begin to deteriorate. Gum pockets grow larger, trapping more food particles and bacteria, resulting in more gum bleeding and soreness.

Advanced Periodontitis

The final stage of gum disease is the most severe. During this stage, tissue is destroyed and teeth start to loosen or fall out. Teeth can begin changing in alignment, which can affect bite pressure and the ability to chew comfortably. As your mouth becomes less stable, your diet may begin to change as it becomes more difficult to eat.

How We Can Help

Here at Advanced Dental Center of Florence, Dr. Griffin and his team are determined to give all patients the best oral care obtainable. Whether it be a dental implant procedure or a routine check up, contact Dr. Griffin to get the best dental care in the area.

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