October 25, 2017

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, an effort to celebrate the work dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health.

This year, the awareness month is focusing on four routines that can help people maintain healthy smiles: brush, floss, rinse and chew. According to MouthHealthy.org, the ADA’s consumer website, the ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes, with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of the brush should fit the mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily

The proper brushing technique is to:

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
Although recent news reports have questioned its benefits of cleaning between your teeth, it is still an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums, according to MouthHealthy.org. The ADA recommends cleaning between your teeth once a day to remove plaque that is not removed by brushing. Plaque can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.

Because teeth alone account for less than half of the mouth, rinsing can help eliminate biofilm and bacteria that brushing and flossing cannot. Rinsing often, along with brushing and flossing, may help reduce the chance of dental decay and infection. However, avoid rinses that have alcohol in them, according to MouthHealthy.org.

Lastly, clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth, according to MouthHealthy.org.

August 29, 2017

Oral health: We are NOW accepting NC Medicaid!

We accept Medicaid dental coverage for New and existing patients!

At TTH Family Dentistry, we provide the highest quality dental care for families with Medicaid dental coverage. Dr. Hinton and staff are experienced and skilled, taking continuous dental education courses and advanced training to stay on top of the latest dental healthcare trends. Excellent dental care fits every family’s budget at TTH Family Dentistry. We can be the Medicaid dental provider you trust for your family’s needs.

Kids love coming to see Dr. Hinton at TTH Family Dentistry. Parents love taking their kids to Dr. Hinton, because we keep our services affordable by accepting Medicaid and many other dental benefits that families need to afford care. It’s our mission at TTH Family Dentistry to provide top dental care to families who would otherwise not be able to afford it.

By accepting Medicaid dental benefits, TTH Family Dentistry allows children to get proper dental care to prevent serious problems like tooth decay. Tooth decay can be prevented or treated early so it doesn’t progress to more serious health problems later on. We teach each patient to properly brush and floss teeth so they can have beautiful smiles for a lifetime.

At TTH Family Dentistry, we welcome every family with Medicaid dental benefits and give them the quality dental care they deserve. We want to be your family’s Dental provider too, so call us today at 919-388-3712 to make an appointment for a beautiful smile!

 

 

August 11, 2016

Selfies can improve your Oral Health!

Recording smart phone video “selfies” of tooth-brushing can help people learn to improve their oral health care techniques, according to a new study.

Using smart phones propped on stands, study participants filmed their brushing at home. Researchers saw an increase in the accuracy of brush strokes, an increase in number of strokes and an overall 8 percent improvement in tooth-brushing skill — but the length of time a person brushed did not change.

While most people have the ability, motivation and desire to brush their teeth properly, they often do not because of improper techniques — and opportunities to improve such skills can be few.

“Often, tooth-brushing is learned and practiced without proper supervision,” said Lance T. Vernon, a senior instructor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and co-author of the study. “Changing tooth brushing behaviors — which are ingrained habits tied to muscle memory — can take a lot of time and guidance.”

“Our study suggests that, in the future, recording these selfies can help shift some of this time investment in improving brushing to technology,” added Vernon. “Patients can then receive feedback from dental professionals.”

The very act of recording a selfie may disrupt ingrained habits, making participants conscious of their brushing and reinforced staples of behavior change, including the process of memory formation, association and creating new muscle memory.

While the results of this small pilot study, published in the Indian Journal of Dental Research, are promising, researchers suggest that these findings are of more importance in proving the selfie concept is useful in a dental setting.

Video and picture selfies are increasingly used in medical fields to assess, monitor and determine the progression of diseases and effectiveness of treatment — a new area of gathering data known as mobile health, or “mHealth” said Vernon.

“To our knowledge, this is the first report using selfies to study tooth-brushing behavior,” he said. “It’s a start at an mHealth strategy to create new habits, helping dentists and patients focus more on prevention, rather than on fixing problems once they occur — which can too often be the focus in dentistry.”

The study

Before the study, participants’ brushing habits were assessed and corrected until each were able to demonstrate proper technique. During the study, they were scored on time spent brushing and skill mastery, including brushing in a circular motion, obtaining a 45-degree angle while brushing facial surfaces of teeth and correct positioning of the arm.

Looking ahead, researchers envision a video-based monitoring app, which could record videos of patients brushing at home that are later reviewed by oral health professionals.

“The cost of an app could be minor, while potentially there could be major long-term benefits to a user’s oral health and quality of life,” Vernon said. “Dental care can be inaccessible because of cost and access. It’s possible dental selfies and other ‘mHealth’ strategies on phones can become an important part of oral health prevention and diagnosis in the future.”

Tooth-brushing helps avert preventable oral diseases, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease, although its effectiveness depends on brushing technique; currently, there is no standard brushing technique consistently recommended by dental organizations or even by oral health experts, Vernon said.

Story Source:

The above post is reprinted from materials provided by Case Western Reserve University. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Journal Reference:

LanceT Vernon, Thavarajah Rooban, ParangimalaiDiwakar Madan Kumar, AnusaArunachalam Mohandoss, Theodore Walls. Using smartphone video “selfies” to monitor change in toothbrushing behavior after a brief intervention: A pilot study. Indian Journal of Dental Research, 2016; 27 (3): 268 DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.186241