Are African Twig Toothbrushes the Next Big Thing?


It’s not uncommon for people in Africa to chew absentmindedly on a twig throughout the day. Twig ToothbrushSeveral studies have found that bush toothbrushes are as or more effective than our manufactured plastic models, and some woods may contain antimicrobial compounds. A few upscale US stores have even begun selling these “chew sticks.”

Read the Scientific American article

Jessica Simpson: “I Don’t Brush My Teeth”

Jessica Simpson on brushing teethJessica Simpson startled dentists and fans alike with her recent dental confession:

“I don’t brush my teeth,” she said in an iheartradio interview. “No, really! I just use Listerine — and sometimes I’ll use my sweater.”

The YouTube clip got over 200,000 views in its first two days. Simpson appears to have perfect teeth, and viewers had a lot to say about her alleged dental hygiene.

“OMG! I can’t wait to see what she looks like in dentures!” one person commented. “Periodontal disease is contagious… FYI: don’t kiss anyone who doesn’t brush their teeth!”

“Who believes it?” asked another. “How can’t she brush her teeth but yet have such white teeth?”

“If she didn’t brush her teeth, they sure as hell wouldn’t look like they do!” agreed another. “Unless she has false teeth….it’s possible. Julia Roberts does.” (Cosmetic dentists report that Roberts has one of the most-requested celebrity smiles.)

“I’ve heard of homeless people doing this technique,” scoffed someone else of her teeth cleaning claims.

Simpson could be a spokesmodel for cosmetic dentistry… but dental hygiene and tooth cleaning, not so much. Let’s just hope she was joking.

Watch the YouTube video

Periodontal Examinations: Dentists Recommend More Than 1 a Year

periodontal disease Dentists perform periodontal examinations once a year, we found in our recent survey, with some dentists preferring to do this procedure twice a year or more.

In fact, 14 percent of the dentists we surveyed are likely to recommend periodontal exams every three months.

“It should be done every time the patient comes in even if they see the dentist,” advised one dentist, “Generally, the patient should be seen 4 times a year.”

The respondents to this survey tended to perform periodontal examinations at least once a year.

43% recommend periodontal examinations once a year
33% recommended periodontal examinations at least twice a year
14% recommend periodontal examinations four times a year
9% recommended periodontal exam frequency on the need of their patients

Here are some comments from dentists:

“For periodontal maintenance complete charting should be done every three months.” (Florida periodontist)

“We probe at each cleaning visit, so the frequency varies based on the needs of the patient, ie: either 4x, 3x, or 2x per year.” (Arizona dentist)

“I recommend 3 to 4 times per year depending on the patient that I have diagnosed with having a case type III or higher.” (Illinois dentist)

“For the average healthy patient – once a year. For the patient with active periodontitis – every appointment.- For the patient with perio who has been been controlled for at least a year – annual full probes, and spot probes at other appointments.” (General Dentist)

“This all depends on the patient’s periodontal health. We do periodontal probings at each new patient exam and all recall/recare appointments with the RDH.” (Kentucky dentist)

“A four-month recall for adults is best!” (Virginia dentist)

“If a patient has aggressive periodontitis, we probe more frequently, and have the periodontist check the patient annually as well.” (Texas dentist)

“My hygienists probe at each hygiene appointment –every 3-4 months for perio patients.” (General dentist)

Read more: Periodontal Exams Should Be Done Every Time A Patient Sees The Dentist.

Dentists Reveal Typical Fee for Dental Hygiene Appointments

Dentists Reveal Typical Fee for Dental Hygiene Appointments Recent dental reports reveal that the number of dental hygiene visits are at an all-time low in the U.S.

Could cost be a factor in dental patients skipping this important oral care check up?

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey of dentists to see what a typical fee is for a dental hygiene appointment with dental exam and x-rays. The survey results found that the average fee dentists charge is $195.00.

“I charge $149.00 and that’s cheap, but some patients still complain,” said a Georgia general dentist. “I also take a PAN every 3 years which is $85.00, $24.00 for Fl2 too if they have it.”

Among the survey results, 35% of dentist respondents charge $150.00 or less for hygiene appointments with dental exam and x-rays, making it relatively affordable to most dental patients, while less than 5% of the dentists charge over $250.00.

“We decided that our fee should be about the number that most women spend on hair appointments per year,” said a Washington dentist. “We imposed our values on them — one should value their teeth as much as hair. We lost about 20% of our patients. This was about 5 years ago.”

Fees for this dental service ranged from $80.00 to $400.00 depending on where the dental practice was located. One respondent from Canada reported a fee of $20.00, with fees under $100.00 being reported by dentists in the southern U.S. states. Urban dentists charged the most for this service, with one Massachusetts periodontist quoting $400.00, but stressed that this fee included exam fmx and perio charting.

Additional survey findings included comments about how dental insurance has changed what insurance will cover, thus increasing the patient’s portion of the fee. One Pennsylvania dentist wrote, “United Concordia no longer pays for reriapical with BWs. Must be done at NC for partic provid.”

Dentists, what is your fee for dental hygiene appointments and what does that include?

Oral Health Research Claims High-fluoride Massage Prevents Tooth Decay by 400%

Oral Health Research Claims High-fluoride Massage Prevents Tooth Decay by 400%New oral health research claims that massaging teeth with a high-fluoride toothpaste  increases protection against tooth decay by 400%, according to a report by Anna Nordström, a dentist and researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

A new brand of toothpaste was launched 8 years ago in Sweden with more than 3 times as much fluoride as standard toothpaste.

The toothpaste is available to the public without prescription and is aimed primarily at those at high risk for tooth decay.

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy have now performed the first scientific evaluation of the effect of this so-called “high-fluoride toothpaste.”  The study has resulted in a new method that offers dental patients 4 times the level of protection from fluoride.

In the study, 16 volunteers tested a variety of brushing techniques, using either high-fluoride or standard toothpaste, and brushing either 2 or 3 times a day.

“The study revealed that those who used a high-fluoride toothpaste three times a day had four times better fluoride protection in the mouth than those who used standard toothpaste twice a day,” asserts researcher Anna Nordström from the Institute of Odontology at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

Also tested was a new method of applying toothpaste developed in collaboration with professor Dowen Birkhed, which involves rubbing the toothpaste onto the teeth with a finger.

“This ‘massage’ method proved to be at least as effective as a third brushing in increasing the amount of fluoride in the mouth,” stressed Anna Nordström . “Rubbing the front of your teeth with toothpaste can be an easy way of giving your teeth a third “shot” of fluoride during the day, after lunch for example. But this should not replace brushing with a fluoride toothpaste morning and evening – it’s an extra teeth cleaning).”

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste continues to play a major role in combating tooth decay, and there is strong scientific evidence that daily use of fluoride toothpaste has a pronounced preventive effect.

The study Effect of a Third Application of Toothpaste (1450 and 5000 ppm F), including a “massage” method on fluoride retention and pH drop in plaque was published in Acta Odontologica Scandinavia.

The researchers offered the following 4 tips for dental patients for successfully fighting tooth decay  —

1.  Use toothpaste at least twice a day, after breakfast and before going to bed.
2.  If necessary, brush a third time or rub toothpaste on the teeth instead.
3.  If you have problems with cavities, choose a toothpaste with a higher fluoride content.
4.   Avoid rinsing out the toothpaste with water.

Dentists, what do you think of this oral health study and how massaging fluoride toothpaste on to teeth increases the effectiveness in fighting tooth decay?

For more on this story see: New Massage Method Quadruples Protection Against Tooth Decay


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