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MARCH 2018 A new feature for OHP4C: PRODUCT ALERT Each quarter OHP4C will feature an Oral Health Product...with either a DNB (DO NOT BUY) or an R ( RECOMMENDED)...to help you stay healthy AND save money.
PRODUCT: AMABRUSH: DNB
Introduced this February in Chicago by a European company this "hands free, fully automatic toothbrush" that "simultaneously brushes all your teeth in 10 seconds" sounds wonderful. It has many good features but three big problems that earn it a DNB.
First problem: the mouth piece comes in only one size. And it cannot be modified. Mouths come in many sizes. For a significant percent of the population (about 75% is the estimate) this mouthpiece would not fit properly in the mouth. If the mouthpiece does not fit exactly as designed in the mouth the product will not work as designed and advertised.
Second Problem: The toothpaste ingredients are not known. The effectiveness of the toothpaste is not known nor has it been scientifically investigated.
Third Problem: Only Amabrush toothpaste can be used in the product. The toothpaste is NOT A PASTE. It is the consistency of a milkshake (a fraffe, if you live in Massachusetts). You can only use the Amabrush toothpaste or the product clogs and becomes non-functional. ( This situation is similar to printers and ink. A printer without the correct ink cartridge is non-functional...and the price of ink keeps going up.)
DNB at the $90 + price tag. (c) OHP4C, 2018
Coming in the next few months:
Vaping. NO! and Why
Mouth Wash: How to choose
Oral sex is NOT safe sex
If you have any questions just email...all questions are welcome.
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January 2018 Dentures:
"Dentures" is a short hand for false teeth that come in and out of the mouth and replace ALL the teeth in the mouth and some of the gums.
Dentures sit on something called the alveolar ridge/ the top part of the jaw bone. This alveolar ridge has one purpose: to hold natural teeth in place. Once the natural teeth are all extracted/pulled the alveolar ridge starts to melt away. This is why dentures need to be relined or remade periodically. It is why after 10 to 15 years even a new denture often cannot stay stability in the mouth.
Keeping the dentures out of the mouth (AND IN WATER! ALWAYS PUT DENTURES IN WATER IF THEY ARE NOT IN THE MOUTH) for 8-10 hours per day will help to maintain the alveolar ridge and keep the mouth tissue and gums healthy.
Dentures need to fit well. Dentures should be checked at least one time per year for fit and to be sure that the gums and bone under the denture(s) are healthy and free from disease...especially oral cancer.
Dentures need to be cleaned daily with a special brush called a "denture brush". Your dentist should show you how to brush your dentures (Major steps: 1. take the dentures out of your mouth, 2.clean them over a basin of water to prevent breakage if you drop them, 3. clean all the sides of the denture! the side toward the gum and roof of your mouth as well as the side that everyone sees. 4. rinse the denture before replacing in you mouth.)
Some people like to soak their dentures overnight in denture cleaning products.Be sure to rinse the dentures well after they have been soaked.
Always request that you have your name placed in dentures. If you have more that one set of dentures the sets should be labeled with a number on the dentures themselves. (Not to worry, these I.D.'s are very small and hidden from view).
If you require dentures know the following: 1. It takes time to learn to speak and eat with dentures...be kind to yourself...but don't give up. 2. It takes time to learn how to keep dentures in place...your dentist will need to do adjustments...but you will have tp practice and learn to use your facial muscles and tongue to keep your dentures in place. 3. Dentures only bite at 35 lbs per square inch...real/natural teeth bite at 435 lbs per square inch...cut foods into small pieces and place equally on both sides of the mouth. (c) OHP4C 2018
February 2018 ASK "WHY?"!
I had a troubling email. The person wrote his new hygienist told him he had "receding gums" and he should "use an electric toothbrush". I asked if the hygienist said WHY his gums were receding and WHY an electric tooth brush would help. He wrote back "no". I then asked if the hygienist said whether all his gums were receding or it was just one spot. Again he replied "no". I asked him if the hygienist showed him HOW to correctly use an electric tooth brush. Again, the answer was "no".
AS PATIENTS WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO ALWAYS BE ASKING "WHY?" BUT WE DO!
This is not an uncommon occurrence. Dentists and hygienists do not tell patients WHY something is happening and WHY what they recommend will help.
AS a dentist I am just as lost as this patient who emailed me is about his new hygienist's advise. Is he doing damage to one area of his gums by his brushing? If that were the case why didn't she tell him? AND SHOW HIM HOW TO STOP THE DAMAGING BEHAVIOR?
Does he have gum disease? If so what kind, at what stage and how does she know? Was a saliva test done? If he has gum disease (periodontal disease) this is serious as it can effect the health of the whole body and no tooth brush alone is going to cure that disease.
Is the damage due to an external habit? What is the habit...that would take time to discuss and discover.
Could it be from a systemic disease? Acid Reflux? Does he swim in a pool with too much chlorine? Was he in an accident and the gum/bone tissue was damaged earlier in his life? Does he wear an old athletic mouth guard when he plays soccer that is causing damage?
THIS SITUATION IS SO COMMON in DENTAL OFFICES. IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY!
DO NOT LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU!
ASK "WHY?" ! If you don't do it while you are at the office CALL THE OFFICE AND ASK TO SPEAK TO THE DOCTOR or the HYGIENIST to find out WHY you have a condition they are diagnosing and WHY/HOW their recommendation will cure the problem. This is your body, your health, and your money...do not be short changed.
(c) OHP4C 2/18
ORAL HEALTH DEFINED:
includes but is not limited to the ability to speak, smile, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and free from pain or discomfort, and disease...
(international definition of oral health)
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