Newsletter – January 2010

    • Happy New Year 2010
    • Raisin Bran Cereal Study
    • Color the “Guardians Of The Smile”
    • Manual vs Electric
    • Patient Quiz

    from Dr. Daniel Klein & Team

    A new year means new year’s resolutions and goals to be a healthier and happier you! But, Is flossing daily part of your new year’s resolutions?

    Why should flossing daily be a part of your new year’s resolutions? Because even with proper brushing, the areas between o ur teeth don’t get completely cleaned. And most cavities start between our teeth! To keep our teeth and gums healthy one must use dental floss to remove plaque between our teeth at least once a day (preferably at night).

    How to use dental floss?
    First, we recommend you and your child use a floss pick to ease the process but if you prefer to use traditional floss here’s how to use it correctly: Take about 18 inches of floss and wind the two ends of it around your middle fingers, leaving about five inches between your hands. Pinch the floss between your thumb and index fingers and leave about 1 inch in between to work with. Gently guide the floss between the first two teeth using a side-to-side motion. Pull the floss tightly in a C shape around the side of one tooth and slide it under the gum line. Clean the surface of the tooth by using an up-and-down motion not the side-to-side motion you used to guide the floss between the teeth. Repeat on the adjacent tooth. Then remove the floss, wind it to an unused section and repeat the process to clean both sides of every tooth.

    If you and your child are just beginning to floss for the first time, your gums will probably bleed a little. The bleeding should stop after about a week of regular flossing. If the bleeding continues after a couple of weeks let us know right away. It might indicate problems or it might just be that your technique needs adjusting. We can help either way. Also, if you have trouble getting the floss between your child’s teeth or if it catches or tears, let us know as soon as possible. It could indicate a problem that needs to be corrected.

    Give the gift of a whiter smile for Valentines’ Day!
    Valentine’s Day is less than one month away!
    Give your loved one a whiter smile with a professional home whitening kit.
    Call us to learn more about our new whitening kit!
    We hope you are staying warm and dry during this cold and windy winter.
    We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!

    We love to give recognition to our new friends & our wonderful existing patients who are kind enough to refer their friends & relatives to us! Here are the new patients that became members of our practice family this past December..

    Lauren Alarcon, Courtney Andrews, Michael Bergren, Alessandria Binuya, Mathew Bravo, Lucas Campa, Owen Chang, Arron Chek, Hailey & Sierra Chrapliwy, Isa Cilloniz, Marcus Colon, Gillian Cox, Erin & Ryan Dattilio, Paige Drorbaugh, Sarah Fales, Diego Fonseca-Perez, Nathan Garay, Mikala J. & Roman A. Garcia, Sebastian Garcia, Bianca & Will Hemphill, Bianca Hernandez, Brendon Kham, Demitri Lopez, Katrina Lopez, Erica Magana, Alexa Martinez, Jaslene Massey, Mia Mc Kiernan, Savannah Meetze, Haley Melkerson, Megan F. Mendez-Arroyo, Andrew S. Moe, Jakob Naranjo, Alexander & Brianna & Cesar & Natalie Navarrett, Makaila Ota, Dejanae Page, Riley Quackenbush, Grayson Ransom, Brixton Reizuch, Addison Riddle, Skyler Rojo, Fabian Salcido, Seth Sanchez, Jacob Sawyer, Kaylin Stalker, Isaac & Juliana Torres, Belen Verduzco, Morgan Vocke, Jacob Whiteley, and Philip & Preston Yan.

    Thank You For Choosing Us!

    A new study has shown that added sugar in raisin bran cereals increases acid in dental plaque, leading to tooth decay.During the study, research team from University of Illinois at Chicago compared four food groups – raisins, bran flakes, commercially marketed raisin bran cereal, and a mix of bran flakes with raisins lacking any added sugar in children aged 7 to 11. Sucrose, or table sugar, and sorbitol, a sugar substitute often used in diet foods, were also tested as controls. They found that all test foods except the sorbitol solution promoted acid production in dental plaque over 30 minutes, with the largest production between 10 to 15 minutes. Eating commercially marketed raisin bran led to significantly more acid in the plaque.

    Lead researcher Christine Wu said there is a “well-documented” danger zone of dental plaque acidity that puts a tooth’s enamel at risk for mineral loss that may lead to cavities. Achint Utreja, a research scientist and
    dentist formerly on Wu’s team, said plaque acidity did not reach that point after children
    consumed 10 grams of raisins.

    Adding unsweetened raisins to bran flakes also did not increase plaque acid compared
    to bran flakes alone. Plaque bacteria on tooth surfaces can ferment various sugars such
    as glucose, fructose or sucrose and produce acids that may promote decay.

    The study is published in the journal Pediatric Dentistry.

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    Even though there are some research data claiming that modern electric toothbrushes can clean better than the manual ones, other reasons such as facility and boosting of motivation are usually the main reasons to advise the use of an electric toothbrush. Most people do not brush their teeth correctly, due to improper brushing technique or not brushing long enough.

    If the brusher enjoys brushing better with an electric toothbrush and brushes with it more carefully, more often, or for the proper amount of time because of its use, then it can significantly improve oral hygiene.

    Only minimal skill level is needed to brush properly with an electric brush while a manual toothbrush requires manual dexterity and diligence. A good electric toothbrush will probably clean better in those cases where someone lacks the skills needed for manual brushing. For people who for various reasons have problems making the necessary movements of brushing (i.e. people with arthritis and elder people), electric brushes is the only solution.

    People tend to brush longer with a power toothbrush, as minimum effort is needed. If a person spends more time brushing with an electric toothbrush, it can lead to better removal of dental plaque.

    Many people and especially children, prefer a power toothbrush due to the smaller brush head that is easier to reach all areas of their mouth, even to the back teeth without causing discomfort as some larger brush heads. Less brushing force is required by power toothbrushes to provide effective dental plaque removal than with manual toothbrushes. Normally, power toothbrushes are less likely to cause damage to tooth enamel and gums. Some of the best electric toothbrushes such as the Braun Oral-B or Sonicare range allow you to regulate the brushing time and pressure applied using a built in timer and pressure sensors. The novelty of a power toothbrush can be a strong motivation to encourage some people to give more importance to their daily dental hygiene (especially those who like gadgets and children). Finally, and electric toothbrush is recommended for those who wear braces as it may reach crevices between braces and teeth that are not easily cleaned.

    In recent years, even the premium power toothbrushes have become affordable and provide high quality performance.