Posts for: April, 2016
I admit it... I am becoming spoiled as a consumer. Just think, not too many years ago we had to wait for the day and time of our favorite TV show, carry a map in the car when we travel, and actually GO to the store. Savvy companies are filling high demands for convenience. I watch what I want when I want on Netflix. I push a Bluetooth enabled button, and the next day Amazon ships a new jug of Tide so I never have to leave the house.
Quip is a new company that combines tried and tested oral care concepts with the modern convenience of automated shopping.
Quip's electronic toothbrush is sleek and sexy, yet minimal. They cut out all of the unnecessary gadgets and buttons for the sake of simplicity. The toothbrush gives a distinct vibration every 30 seconds to help you adhere to a two-minute routine. This is helpful because most of my patients who struggle with cavities or gingivitis got that way due to lack of proper brushing, whether not often enough or not long enough each time they brush.
Quip comes with a holder that doubles as a toothbrush cover so you can easily travel with it or take it to work for a post-lunch brushing.
When you order Quip, you don't just get a toothbrush, you get a complete care kit. The tube of Fluoride toothpaste is perfectly sized to last you about three months- the same amount of time your brush head should last you. If you haven't been quite the toothbrush saint and replaced your brush every three months like you should, this is your solution. Quip automatically sends you a replacement toothbrush head and toothpaste refill every three months. The Quip brush heads are affordable and economical.
So, in a nutshell, here is my professional Quip review:
The pros: Affordability over other popular brands like Oral-B andSonicare; emphasis on proper brushing technique (2 x per day, for at least 2 minutes); automated brush head and toothpaste refills, nice design. Quip also reminds you when it is time to see your dentist (me).
The cons: Still more expensive than conventional toothbrush and toothpaste; no unbiased studies to show that Quip removes plaque better than the contenders;
Quip coupon code: 7012VIPQUIP1582461
Image credits: www.getquip.com
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”
Lately I have been getting more questions about whether some of the new toothpastes hitting the market will actually work like the advertisements say they will. I thought it would be helpful for my Scottsdale patients, as well as those at our Phoenix and Tempe locations to share my professional opinion.
Last year I caught wind of a toothpaste that was bound to be the 'end all.' Livionex is a new concept in tooth care... it actually isn't a toothpaste at all. It is a tooth gel. Consumers are likely to be surprised when this fluoride free gel doesn't foam at all in your mouth. Instead, it is more of a watery, drooly feel.
Livionex claims to work better than traditional toothpastes. Instead of having fluoride, Livionex uses Edathamil. Think of Edathamil like a little magnet- a sort of scavenger. The Edathamil molecule grabs hold of foreign material so that it can then be spat out. They tout that using it will reduce your chance of gingivitis and cavities. This is in contrast to the long history of scientific evidence supported by the ADA that proves a Fluoride-containing toothpaste is better at preventing cavities than a similar paste without Fluoride.
I bought a tube of this futuristic tooth gel to try it out, and here's my review on Livionex: Pros: The concept of Edathamil is promising. This would be good for patients who oppose Fluoride. More research needs to be done before it can earn the ADA seal of approval. Cons: Livionex is proprietary and expensive. We need to see better evidence before we can justify the cost compared to Crest or Colgate. Lastly, the watery feeling you get while brushing with Livionex is just a bit odd.
More recently, a patient found a post about a super toothpaste that can repair your teeth while you're sleeping. Actually, most toothpastes are designed to do that, but this one is a little more promising. For the past several years, researchers have worked on a material referred to as 'bio-active glass.' The idea here is that you can combine these tiny silicate particles with other useful molecules like fluoride or calcium. These compounds can then serve to strengthen your teeth. The research has been so successful, that we are now seeing these bio-active particles in the filling materials we use to repair cavities.. Biologically, they are more compatible with the natural makeup of the teeth, and they provide a strengthening benefit as well.
Biomin has used this technology in their new toothpaste formula. The concept is supported by sound research. For those of us on the west side of the Atlantic, we may have to wait a while to get it. The UK based company is working on developing distribution partners.
I will work to get a sample so I can give you my full opinion as a consumer. So far, here is my take: Pros: Biomin and similar products are bound to revolutionize the tooth care business. They will be much more effective at delivering fluoride and calcium into your enamel for optimum resistance to cavities. Cons: We don't yet have FDA approval. Once that is in place, it may be even longer before we get the ADA seal of approval.
If you have any further questions, or for a free consultation, please call:
Waterfront Dentistry, Scottsdale, AZ
Until next time,
You’ve had crooked teeth since you could remember. Perhaps you and your parents talked about braces when you were a teenager, but it never happened. Now you’re well into your adult years and you’re comfortable with how you look — so why go through the expense and time now to have them straightened?
There’s a good reason to consider orthodontics at any age — improved health. While we mainly associate teeth straightness with an improved smile, the more serious impact of misaligned teeth is on function — how we bite, chew and speak. As with many other areas of life, good form usually makes for good function. When we have crooked teeth, we may not be able to chew our food properly or speak as well as we could if our teeth were aligned properly.
Misaligned bites (malocclusions) can also have an impact on individual tooth health. Because they don’t interact efficiently with their opposing counterparts during chewing or biting, teeth can become loose or migrate further out of alignment.
While improvement in oral health is the primary reason for considering treatment for a malocclusion, don’t discount the benefit of orthodontics to your appearance. Your smile impacts many aspects of your life, including career and social relationships. A straighter, more attractive smile could also boost your self-confidence: even if you think you’ve grown accustomed to your smile, straightening your teeth could vastly change how you view yourself and how you believe others view you.
And if you’re dreading the look and feel of metal braces, orthodontic treatments have made giant strides in the last few decades. Clear aligners, for example, are much less noticeable than traditional fixed braces (and can be removed for special occasions), but still effective for moving teeth. There’s never been a better time to consider straightening your teeth — and change the course of your health and your life.
If you would like more information on orthodontics for adults, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Why Straighten Teeth.”