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Manual Vs Electric Toothbrushes

80% of Americans have some type of gum disease caused by a buildup of plaque along the gumline.  Plaque is a sticky film containing bacteria.  Plaque is the primary cause of gingivitis and can lead to periodontitis, a more serious gum disease.  Plaque buildup can also lead to tooth decay.

A manual toothbrush can be effective, but few people use such brushes well enough or long enough to truly prevent cavities or gum disease. The vast majority of clinical trials have shown the benefits of using an electric toothbrush when compared with a  manual toothbrush.  There is a measurable reduction of plaque by 21 % and gingivitis by 11%  in the short term.

Advantages of using an electric toothbrush include ease of use by all patients.  Electric toothbrushes encourage patients to brush longer and most come equipped with a two minute timer.  They are great for patients with orthodontics, persons with impaired dexterity, children and adolescents, and patients with hard to access areas such as dental implants and poor homecare.  Electric toothbrushes have also been shown to deliver better stain removal and tooth whitening than manual brushes.

Flossing Yes or No

Despite the recent NY Times article regarding flossing and not being scientifically proven to improve oral health; the dental hygienists here at Huntington Bay Dental, with combined experience of over 40 years, categorically object. The Huntington Bay Dental hygienists can attest to the fact that flossing is key in maintaining optimum oral health.  Patients that we have… Continue Reading

How many acidic foods and drinks do you consume a day?

How many acidic foods and drinks do you consume a day? pH Level/Caries/Tooth Wear and Acid Erosion Acid erosion occurs when acids from foods and drinks soften the surface of the tooth. The enamel can slowly wear away. Over time it can lead to irreversible damage to teeth. Laboratory experiments indicate that tooth enamel can… Continue Reading

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

As Halloween approached, we are surrounded by candy wherever we go. Children and adults tend to indulge in more candy than usual. Plain chocolate is best, it dissolves in your mouth rapidly and therefore does not have time to stick to your teeth.  Avoid candy that is chewy, sticky or sour. These types of candies… Continue Reading

Kois Center Graduate

Kois Center Graduate

3/29/16: Dr. Figari is now a Kois Center Graduate. What does this mean? She has been taking courses in Seattle over the course of 5 years. Read more about the Kois Center! Read more …   Continue Reading

Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling

Pinterest and google searches have made more and more patients aware of oil pulling.  Many of our patients have come into our office in recent months and asked about it.  There is a buzz going around our area about OIL PULLING.  So what your dentist think? Oil pulling dates back to ancient Ayurvedic medicine and was… Continue Reading

We Want to Make You HAPPY About Your Smile

We Want to Make You HAPPY About Your Smile

At Huntington Bay Dental, we want you to be happy about your smile. There is research that shows that smiling more can have numerous positive impacts on your life. Smiling makes you look younger, more attractive and is associated with being trustworthy. Smiling also has the power to boost your mood and improve your overall… Continue Reading