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Sonic Toothbrushes
Sonic vibration brushes are great! When positioned close enough to the plaque, the sonic vibrations will break up the plaque colony. The sonic vibrating bristles do not have to directly contact the plaque, but they have to be very, very close. The added therapeutic benefit of a sonic brush is the stimulation of the gum tissues. A good blood flow increases the availability of healing and reduces the swelling and unhealthy edema of the gum tissue. Only a sonic brush can stimulate the gum tissue so efficiently. The sonic vibration does the work, so "scrubbing" is not needed. Accurate positioning and allowing time for the sonic vibrations to effectively remove plaque and stimulate blood flow is all that is needed. Phillips Sonicare is the most well known sonic brush and is available for purchase at our office, as well as pharmacies and discount stores.

Soft Bristle Toothbrushes
A toothbrush with a small head is easier to position accurately in the mouth. Soft bristles conform to the irregular shapes of the teeth and gums without injuring the gums. Plaque is soft and comes off the teeth easily if contacted directly by the bristles of the brush. "Scrubbing" is not necessary and may damage the gums. A gentle flexing of the bristles will dislodge the plaque from the tooth surface.

Soft-Picks are easy-to-use between the teeth cleaners for on the go removal of dental plaque and food particles from between and around the teeth. Flexible bristles facilitate the cleaning of hard to reach areas where plaque builds up over time, which can cause inflammation, bleeding and gingivitis. We have sample packs here in the office that we would be happy to share with you. Soft-Picks are also available for sale in the dental aisle of most pharmacies.

Xylitol Products
Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar that occurs in small amounts in many different foods such as berries, mushrooms, lettuce, hardwoods and corn cobs. It has been used in foods since the 1960's.

The benefits of xylitol have been found to reduce decay rates in both high and low risk dental patients. Xylitol reduces the amount of plaque causing bacteria in the mouth by making the plaque less sticky. It also reduces the acid producing ability of plaque which is what allows plaque to form cavities. To receive the correct therapeutic dose of xylitol per day you need to get 6 grams. There are several products that deliver xylitol to teeth. Mints and gum are probably the easiest way to get xylitol. Xylitol needs to be listed as the primary ingredient which will give about one gram per piece.

We carry Spry Gum and Mints at the office and they are also available online or at our local Whole Foods store. We are happy to provide you with samples.

South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics
825 South Meadows Parkway
Reno, NV 89521
Phone: (775) 852-8181
Fax: (775) 852-8199

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