Is Your Toothbrush Dangerous?

We wash our clothes, we change the oil in our cars, and we keep the dust off of our furniture. But how many of us show any TLC to one of the most important hygiene items in the house – our toothbrush?!

Legend has it that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. And while that is only true in severe cases, our mouths, and therefore our toothbrushes, do harbor all kinds of bugs.

“The oral cavity is home to hundreds of different types of microorganisms, which can be transferred to a toothbrush during use,” said Dr. Maria L. Geisinger, assistant professor of periodontology in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Here are some recommendations to make sure your toothbrush is safe to you and those around you:

  • Don’t share toothbrushes and store different family member’s toothbrushes at least an inch apart.
  • Rinse thoroughly after each use, preferably in upright position. This will keep bacteria from breeding. Don’t store in a small, moist, closed container.
  • Replace your toothbrush after having a cold or flu.
  • If you have a compromised immune system, rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash before you clean your teeth. This can reduce the germs passed to your toothbrush.
  • Get a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or more frequently if you notice the bristles breaking down. While this won’t reduce bacteria, it will ensure the best cleaning power.

And if that’s not enough, here’s one more thing for the list:

Keep your toothbrush as far from the toilet as possible, or you may be brushing with something you don’t want!

“If you have your toothbrush too close to the toilet,” microbiologist Charles Gerba, PhD, explains, “You are brushing your teeth with what’s in your toilet!” He explains that when you flush with the lid open, contaminated water vapor settles on surfaces in your bathroom, toothbrush included.

Having a clean toothbrush and brushing and flossing on a regular basis are in important part of our overall health. If you have any questions about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, or any other dental issues, we’re here for you!

To schedule an appointment, refer a friend or family member, or ask about the latest advances in giving you the smile of your dream, please give us a call at 1-617-923-8159. At the office of Dr. Edward W. Donle your health and comfort are our primary concerns!

Here Is Your “Bill!”

With Independence Day right around the corner, you may remember from U.S. History class that the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are called “The Bill Of Rights.”
 
Even though the office of Dr. Edward Donle was founded in 1973 (not 1776!) – we belive our patients have a “Bill Of Rights” as well! It’s how everyone deserves to be treated in our practice. and we really mean it!!
 
 
Dr. Edward Donle Dental Patient’s Bill Of Rights
 
 
  • 1. You have the right to be personally greeted and treated with the highest level of respect and care by our team of dental professionals.
  • 2. You have the right to have your dental treatment fully explained to you in plain English, and to have any questions answered to your satisfaction.
  • 3. You have the right to have your dental treatment performed with first-rate materials, techniques, and technology.
  • 4. You have the right to be as comfortable as possible before, during and after any dental treatment.
  • 5. You have the right to understand the cost of treatment before it takes place, including an estimate of insurance coverage if applicable.
  • 6. You have the right to a clean , safe environment, including hospital grade sterilization of all dental instruments.
  • 7. you have the right to be seen as soon as possible should a dental emergency arise.
  • 8. You have a right to be educated in the proper methods to keep your teeth and gums healthy, including brushing, flossing and anything else specific to your situation.
  • 9. You have the right to be treated by a team of dedicated professionals who are current in their licensure and strive to learn the latest and most important findings in the fields of dentistry and health care.
  • 10. You have the right to remain silent when we have our gloved fingers and three suctions tubes in your mouth. (Okay, that one was a joke!)
 
It’s all out way of saying that at the office of Dr. Edward Donle we care about you!!
 
If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, please call us at 1-617-923-8159. After all, healthy teeth and gums, fresh breath ad a beautiful smile are your right!!!

A Sticky Situation?

Is gum chewing a healthy or dangerous habit? This is a question we are asked quite often. And the answer is… BOTH! Here are some facts about gum chewing and we’ll let you decide the answer!
 
 
RISK:
 
Many gums contain sugar, which may taste great, but cause tooth decay (cavities) and other health-related problems. Why would anyone choose to smash sugar directly against their teeth?
 
BENEFIT:
 
Sugar-Free gums don’t contain any ingredients which rot your teeth, and the chewing stimulates the flow of saliva, which may actually help prevent cavities.
 
RISK:
 
Gum chewing can cause inflammation and discomfort in the temperomandibular joint (TMJ) – the joint which connects your lower jaw to your skull. This can trigger a syndrome which includes pain, headaches,
 
BENEFIT:
 
Gum can help freshen the breath after eating stinky foods such as onions and garlic, and relieve dry mouth, which also can promote gross mouth odors.
(Bad breath that is present on a constant basis is usually a sign of a more serious dental problem.)
 
RISK:
 
Gum chewing can cause some unwanted and embarrassing problems at the end! “Chewing gum can contribute to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as excess air can be swallowed, which contributes to abdominal pain and bloating,” says Dr. Patrick Takahashi, chief of gastroenterology at St. Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles, California. In addition to swallowing air, artificial sweeteners such as Sorbitol and Monnitol can cause diarrhea in otherwise healthy people.
 
BENEFIT:
 
According to studies performed by the British Psychological Society, gum chewing increases blood flow to the brain and actually helps with alertness and memory.
 
RISK:
 
While many think that gun chewing curbs the appetite, a recent study in the Journal of Eating Behavior reports that chewing minty gum makes one reduce the intake of healthy foods such as fruit, and increases consumption of potato chips and other junk food. (We wonder what a Doritos flavored gum would do!!)
 
BENEFIT:
 
Chewing sugar-free gum can actually reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth and neutralize harmful mouth acids, causing a reduction in cavities.
 
So what do you think? At the office of Dr. Edward W. Donle we feel that chewing sugar-free gum in moderation can be a healthy habit as long as it doesn’t cause TMJ discomfort or other side effects. Whether you should chew gum during your next job interview – well that’s your call!!!
 
If you have any questions about this of any other dental issues, or would like to make an appointment for a dental exam, cleaning, or consultation, please give us a call at 617-923-8159. We are here for you!
 

A Good Time To Be A “Senior!”

May is a great month for seniors! Many high school students are getting ready for graduations, excited about prom, and looking forward to their upcoming freedom.

College Seniors are reminiscing about their years of hard work and getting ready to graduate and possibly join the “real world.”

And of course there is that fast-rising and all-important group of people know as “senior citizens!” No matter what your definition of a senior citizen is (many people define it as “someone older than me!”) there is no question that today’s seniors are healthier and more active than ever before, and can expect to live many years past retirement.

One thing you may not know is that seniors have their own set of dental health issues that need to be addressed. Here are some common topics we discuss with our senior patients at Dentist At Watertown.

  • Getting to the “root” of the problem.

When gums recede, the root surface of the tooth is frequently exposed. This area is much more porous that tooth enamel and thus more prone to cavities. Fluoride applications and frequent dental visits can help control this difficult to treat problem.

  • Are you sensitive?

The same areas that are exposed when gums recede can be very sensitive to hot, cols, sweets and more. A specialized toothpaste suck as Sensodyne may help. Be sure to consult us if problem persists.

  • It fells like the Sahara Desert in here!

As a person ages, salivary flow can decrease, and many medications also can cause dry mouth. Make sure you stay properly hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids (sorry – not alcoholic beverages which can lead to even more drying!). We can recommend specific products and rinses to help alleviate the discomfort.

  • What does that have to do with it?

Believe it or not, may health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer can affect your oral health. Please be sure to review your current medical conditions with us so that we can make any proper recommendations.

  • Be true to your teeth of they’ll be false to you!

In the old days it was assumed that aging meant the loss of teeth. Fortunately these days, especially with the help of regular dental visits, that simply isn’t true! But if you have lost some or all of your teeth, the options these days are better than ever! People of any age should be able to eat comfortably, speak normally, and smile attractively!!

Whether you are a high school senior, college senior, senior citizen, or anything else – At Dentist at Watertown we are here for you!

Please give us a call today at 617-923-8159 to answer any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. You may also visit our website at WWW.DentistAtWatertown.com

 

 

Famous Dentists

While you may not consider your next dental visit to be a brush with fame, there are some dentists out there who have achieved quite a bit of public attention. Here are just a few.

 

 

“Doc” Holiday

“Doc” wasn’t just a nickname, the famous gunfighter who was involved in the “Shootout at OK Corral” was a dentist who had a booming practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Unfortunately for “Doc,” he contracted tuberculosis, moved out west to heal, got involved in gambling and gangs, and the rest is history.

Edgar Buchanan

You may know him as TV’s “Uncle Joe” on Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and the Beverly Hillbillies, but before moving to Hollywood, Edgar was a successful dentist in Eugene, Oregon. He relocated his dental practice to California, joined the Pasadena Playhouse, and got a film roles at age 36. Bit by the acting bug, he quit the profession and turned his successful dental practice over to his wife. Hopefully she was a dentist too!!

Zane Grey

Before becoming one of the most prolific writer of Western novels in history, Zane was a practicing dentist in New York. He later revealed that he set up his practice in New York to be near the publishing industry! The multi-talented Dr. Grey also played professional baseball.

Thomas Welch

It may seem strange that the inventor of the sugar-laden Welch’s Grape Juice was a dentist, but it’s true! He never intended to ne a juice magnate, but his invention of a non-fermented, non-alcoholic grape juice for his church really took off!

Miles Henry Davis

Miles Davis is one of the greatest and most influential jazz musicians in history, and as a small boy he was given his first trumpet by this father, Dr. M.H. Davis! Dr. Davis was one of the most affluent African-Americans of his era, not only being a dentist but the owner of several businesses. But the world is probably happier that instead of following in his Dad’s dental footsteps, young Miles’s mom, Cleota, an accomplished musician herself, encouraged the lad to study music from a young age.

Paul Revere

This Revolutionary War hero is known for yelling “The British are coming!” but before the war he may have been yelling “Your wisdom teeth are coming – coming out that it!” A skilled silversmith as well, Revere was known for his talents as an early denture maker.

 

 

Wow – and you thought dentistry was boring. At Dentist at Watertown, we may not have been any famous dentists, but we are famous for caring about your smile! Let’s face it, beautiful teeth, healthy gums, fresh breath and a radiant smile, will make anybody just a little more famous.

Whether it’s time for your next examination and cleaning or you have a dental concern, we are here for you! Please call 617-923-8159 to schedule your next appointment.

 

 

We Would Never Do This

At the office of Dr. Donle, we truly care about your dental heath, and we care about ours too! Se we would like to share with you seven things we would never so when it comes to our teeth and gums.

1. Use out teeth to open a bottle cap, tear a piece of fabric, or for any other non-dental use

Teeth have many functions, including biting and chewing food, smiles, aiding in proper speech, and more. But using them for things other than these can result in injury that can be difficult and expensive to repair!

2. Ignore any kind of dental pain or swelling.

When your body is trying to tell you something, it is important to listen! While dental pain or swelling does sometimes temporarily go away, that doesn’t mean the underlying problem has resolved. Treating problems early on is always the best solution.

3. Think that bleeding gums are “normal.”

If blood were coming out of the ear (or any other body part) most people would be concerned, but for some reason many people think that bleeding gums are normal. They aren’t!! Usually gums that bleed, are sensitive, or swollen means there is an underlying infection which could lead to tooth loss. Remember, coming in for regular checkups means early detection of any gun or tooth problems.

4. Eat something and then go to bed without brushing.

The flow of saliva decreases during sleep, and yucky morning breath isn’t the only problem it causes! Nighttime is the right time for sugars, bacteria and food debris to wreak havoc on your pearly whites. Always make sure to give your mouth a thorough brushing before beddy-bye.

5. Play any kind of sport without a mouthguard.

It is estimated that up to 40% of dental injuries occur while playing sports, most of them involving the front teeth. Practically all of these can be prevented by simply wearing a mouthguard. It is an inexpensive and easy procedure (as compared to the over $500 million spent each year repairing dental sports injuries!)

6. Make health care decisions based solely on insurance coverage.

While dental insurance can be great for offsetting some of your healthcare costs, coverage does not indicate which treatment is right for you. At the office of Dr. Donle we will work with you to maximize your insurance coverage, make comfortable financial arrangements, AND provide the best treatment possible! It is our goal to perform the highest quality dentistry in an affordable manner.

7. Go a day without smiling!!

Smiling benefits your mood, boosts your immune system, makes you look younger, relieves stress, and is contagious. No wonder we would never go a day without it!!

At Dentist At Watertown we are here for you. If you would like to discuss any of these points or are in need of a check-up, cleaning or consultation, please give us a call today at 617-923-8159. We also welcome the referral of your friends and family!

 

I Can’t Hear You – Open Your Mouth!

Dental research and technology is pretty amazing. Nowadays your dental team at Dentist At Watertown has fantastic ways to replace missing teeth, lower the risk of heart disease, give you a bright white smile and much more. But who would have ever thought that teeth could have a significant role in helping deaf people hear again?
Doctors at Oklahoma University have developed a way to transmit sounds through the teeth, allowing those who are completely deaf in one ear to hear much better!
 
Dustin Brown is a patient who lost his hearing in one ear due to cancer, causing what doctors refer to as “single-sided deafness.” Instead of surgery, Brown opted for a system in which a dental retainer-like device was placed over the lower molars and a small microphone put in his deaf ear. This then transmits the sound through his teeth into his unaffected ear.
 
Dr. Betty Tsai, a physician at Oklahoma University said, “Bone is actually a very good conductor for sound, In fact, sound travels more efficiently through bone than it does through air.
 
Dustin and his wife say this technology has not only helped him hear again, but it has helped them communicate.
 
Jennifer Brown, Dustin’s wife, said, “It’s a lot less frustrating now. Before he would have to day, ‘huh’ or ‘what.’ It’s just so much better for us.”
 
Dustin said, “The most difference I’ve seen is when I’m driving down the road with my wife. I can actually hear what she’s saying now.”
 
Not only can Dustin hear better, but just for saying that he wins Husband of the Year!!
 
To find out what other great technology dentistry has to offer, or to schedule a cleaning, examination or consultation, give us a call at 617-923-8159. At Dentist At Watertown, we are here for you!!