Thursday, May 30, 2013

Will the Best Toothbrush Please Stand?

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How Do You Choose?

Everyone knows that choosing a dentist is important, but dental care outside of our dental office is equally important. If you put a lot of thought into your teeth, finding the best toothbrush is just as important as finding the best dentist. Both have a huge impact on your smile, so it is best to get it right.
The days of the simple nylon bristled toothbrushes have long gone, and now we have electrical powered toothbrushes, in addition to disposable toothbrushes.
Size matters when you are choosing a toothbrush. You need to find a toothbrush head that is one-inch tall, and half inch wide. Next you will need to browse the bristle varieties. Soft bristles are more popular, because they are comfortable. If you are a heavy brusher, you will want to avoid hard or medium bristle brushes, because the heavy brushing can cause damage to your mouth.
Heavy brushers who use a medium or hard bristle brush are more likely to damage their:
  • Protective Tooth Enamel
  • Gums
  • Root Surface
Parents should purchase a soft bristle brush with a small head for children.
Before you place that toothbrush in your shopping cart, look over the recommendations. You do not want to purchase a toothbrush that has not been tested for safety, regardless of how expensive – or cheap – it is. Fancy toothbrushes may be the most stylish, but they may not be the best. If you do not see a Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association, we don't recommend purchasing it.
Have you scheduled your next cleaning visit? Give our office at Total SmileCare a call at (310) 894-8301 or visit our website at to learn more about your beautiful smile.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Suffering from Dental Pain?

Dental Pain? We have the cure at Total SmileCare in Beverly Hills, CA
Are You Suffering From Dental Pain?

When you suffer from a tooth abscess, you will suffer, literally. The pain from the bacteria infection is often severe, and it can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, in addition to stopping you from completing work at the office during the day. You could fall victim to a tooth abscess at any time, so it is best to be prepared in case it happens.
When you have a tooth cavity, it can cause an infection, known as an abscess. When bacteria grows a pus pocket will form. There is no specific region where an abscess can occur.
There are various symptoms that can alert you that a tooth abscess has arrived. Some of those signs include:
  • Red Face and Mouth
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Gum Inflammation
  • Pus Drainage
  • Pain…and lots of it.
You can rinse your mouth out with warm water if you are suffering from a dental abscess. To treat the pain, you can purchase naproxen or ibuprofen, but these anti-inflammatory medicines will provide a small – if any – amount of relief. The pain may stop temporarily, but the infection is still alive and well. You will need to consult with a dentist as soon as possible to treat your infection, and get you back to work, and resting without issue during the night.
Keep in mind that if a tooth abscess goes untreated, it could lead to a more severe dental issue. This condition can spread, and cause you to become extremely ill.  

Have you scheduled your next cleaning visit? Give our office at Total SmileCare a call at (310) 894-8301 or visit our website at to learn more about your beautiful smile.