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Dental hygiene is very important to your health and well being. something we get drummed into us when we are young but we don’t all take notice of until it’s too late. I probably first heard of an electronic toothbrush when I was in my teens in the 70s and until recently always thought of them as tooth cleaners for lazy people.
According to Wikepedia the electric toothbrush was invented in Switzerland way back in 1954 for people with poor motor skills. The first model was called the Broxodent, not very memorable but obviously the invention was a good one and is growing in popularity with many different models.
We all become familiar with nylon bristle toothbrushes when we are infants. We are taught how to squeeze fruit flavoured toothpaste onto our brushes and brush our teeth and gums up, down and everywhere. Our parents make it fun by making a game of it, but then as we get older it becomes a chore rather than a game and tooth cleaning gets easier to cut short or even to miss.
Then when you start being attracted to boyfriends or girlfriends your oral hygiene quickly resumes because you don’t want to get up close with bad breath. you may continue with regular toothcare but how often does a quick clean replace a though brushing and prevention of gum disease?
Gum disease – that won’t happen to me – you may think, but it can happen to anybody. Teeth become loose and move out of place, you start to loose them and your lovely smile. you might not even notice the onslaught if you are a smoker because smoking masks gum disease from you. Unless you begin to take oral hygiene seriously you could lose your teeth and suffer a lot of toothache on the way.
There are 2 types of electronic toothbrush, vibration and rotation-oscillation. Although 75% of dentists, including my own recommend them, researchers found that using most of them is no better for your teeth and gums than using a manual toothbrush. I guess we can translate that to some models are better than others just like anything else, though the rotation-oscillation type have been found to be marginally better.
The research obviously depends upon whether or not you brush your teeth for 2 minutes, or correctly, or often enough. If you don’t then using any type of electric toothbrush should be better for you than half hearted manual brushing. I have finally come round to the way of thinking that they are a must have item for the lazy tooth cleaner and can actually help anybody who is suffering from gum disease.
Research will also depend upon the models tested. some of the rechargeable models claim to remove twice as much plaque as the ordinary manual type and to help whiten your teeth. They also help to stimulate gums and keep them healthier.
Lets forget research for now and take a look at what I have found.
I had a full set of teeth and no problems until 5 years ago when the first was pulled. I was losing them at the rate of 1 a year until I accepted that quick manual brushing twice a day was not doing anything to resolve the gum disease that my dentist kept on warning me about. I smoked for 40 years and stopped 19 months ago, that was when the masking stopped and I could feel the gum disease. I bought a rechargeable toothbrush on my dentist’s recommendation and have helped to knock back the gum disease with proper cleaning and using a recommended mouthwash regularly.
I stopped getting toothache, my gums are fine, teeth aren’t as loose and I haven’t had a tooth out since. The manual has gone in the bin and I have a second electronic toothbrush packed away in my case because I don’t want to be without one on my travels. yes they are better for my oral hygiene and not just for lazy people.
So you want to keep your teeth nice and healthy at home? In truth, even if you do a great job keeping up with your smile in the privacy of your own home, it is still a good idea to see your dentist for regular checkups. of course, if you keep your smile in the best shape possible, you are going to have pretty simple checkups and that will make everyone happy. So what are some ways you can help to keep your smile, bright, white, and healthy all from the comfort of your own home?
One of the first things you can do is find great toothpaste. Your dentist might have a recommendation for you, but you can also check consumer advocacy websites and magazines as well to find out which toothpaste did the best job at removing plaque and tarter buildup. if you are looking to whiten your teeth you can also read up on reviews for teeth whitening systems, but for the time being you can use these sites to find the right toothpaste for you.
Getting good dental floss is the second step towards good oral hygiene. if you have teeth that are pretty regular then you might be fine with the generic dental floss, if however you have teeth that are spaced somewhat close together you might want to look for a brand of dental floss that is meant to glide between your teeth. You can also look for dental tools which can be found in most any grocery store as well as flossing tools that will help you reach those hard to get to places in the back of your mouth.
A good option to check out is a dentalpik if you need to floss but don’t always have the time. A dentalpik shoots a jet of water in between your teeth and serves basically the same function as dental floss, removing food trapped between your teeth. You might also consider any number of the mouthwashes that are available at your local pharmacy. You can get everything from germ fighting/fresh breath mouthwash, to the kind used to keep your mouth moist at night.
Whichever one is right for you, having a good mouthwash in your arsenal can be an important part of creating good oral hygiene.
Whatever methods you decide to adopt for your oral health routine, it is always a good idea to consult with your dentist and to make frequent appointments for cleanings and checkups. A good dentist is going to be able to keep you on the right track towards great oral health and a great smile. So if you really want to keep your smile not only bright and white, but also as healthy as possible, try some of the methods and tools listed above but also consult with your dentist on a regular basis as his or her advice is going to be crucial towards keeping you on the right track. good oral hygiene doesn’t come overnight, but if you follow these recommendations you are sure to be on your way towards a healthy, beautiful smile in no time at all.
Every man needs a dopp kit in his life. These quintessential toiletry kits became popular in World War II, when every soldier was issued a Dopp kit as part of his standard gear.
The basic design hasn’t changed since they were first invented (why mess with perfection?), but they are now manufactured in a variety of materials, including vinyl and nylon.
But what exactly should you pack in your Dopp kit? with this handy list, you won’t forget any must-have items
Dopp Kits: The 14 Essentials
Although every man has different requirements when travelling, here are a few standard items that should be included in most guy’s travel bag:
- Travel bottle of shampoo
- Small bar of soap or bottle of body wash
- Shaving supplies: razor, brush and cream or electric razor
- Small bottle of Advil or Tylenol
- Nail clippers
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Dental floss
- After shave lotion or cologne
- Contact supplies (don’t forget an extra pair of contact lenses)
That’s the basic list of what toiletries most men need for travelling. Depending on your needs, here are a few additional items you might consider packing:
- Hand sanitizer
- Lip Balm
- Gold Bond powder
- Lint Brush
- $20 Bill
- $1 in change
- Safety pins
- Bug spray
- Shout wipes
- Styptic pencil
- Sewing kit
Whew That’s quite the list.hopefully you won’t need all these things Just take a look and choose the most important items.
Tip: When packing liquids, it’s a great idea to keep them in a ziplock bag. That way, if the lid comes ajar it won’t make huge mess inside your suitcase.
Do you really really believe that God has nothing better to do than monitor the minute quantities of every chemical that enters your mouth? Really?
I REALLY WOULDN'T WORRY ABOUT THIS. I DON'T GOD WOULD BE UPSET.
use salt as a toothpaste if that will give you a peace of mind.
Updated edition (well, about as updated as a B&B) for summer 2011Body therapy − Ashtar, Gita’s daughter, will ride over on her bike from Moshav Havushim − must be coordinated a day in advance − and provide 35 minutes of shiatsu reflexology focused exclusively on the ear, in which the sole of the foot is reflected as the mirror image of the human spleen. Guests of the holiday resort will receive a 50 percent discount for therapy in the second ear, too.
Breathtaking view − Will be within “traveling distance.”
Photo by: Illustrations by Eran Wolkowski
Discount coupons for local attractions − Coupons for guests and holidaymakers at a rate of 0.1 percent of the price of a meal at Il Desperado restaurant (not including meat, wine and side dishes) can be had from Yodfat at the reception desk (ring the bell by appointment and wait). Additional coupons include a 5 percent discount on kayak rentals and/or on the purchase of toothpaste and bandages in the general store at the junction.
Erol’s sculpture garden − a “sculpture garden” is the ultimate solution, and in fact the only attraction for B&Bs, hotels, or vacation cubes in which there is no other attractive feature: no view, no water, no flora, no mountain air, no valley coolness, not even an evening breeze, not to mention pampering. Anyone who disregards this warning can enjoy a thorny field dotted with rusty scrap iron from a tractor lying on mounds of gravel, an old carburetor atop a tire that has been painted white, and a pastiche of a giraffe or possibly a designer periscope made of a bent antenna and two cinderblocks. These items, and more of the same, are part of the permanent exhibition of the artist, in his spare time a man of the soil and eccentric forklift operator, who one day was found lying under a grapefruit tree. and as in the song by Meir Ariel, at first they thought it was alright, but even after two slaps he didn’t wake up on the way to the room.
Guest rooms − the former “veterans’ neighborhood,” which at the beginning of the 1960s was converted into “youth and Nahal Brigade huts,” and in the 1980s became wood-covered rooms with an electric kettle and the possibility of an extra folding bed. behind the toilet you will find, for your pleasure, a shower corner with a pampering rubber squeegee.
Holiday rooms − As above, plus packets of sweetener next to the kettle and bamboo wind chimes at the entrance.
Hot tub − You bubble like eggs boiling in a pot: only you, the stars, the moon, the universe, the Likud activist from Kiryat Shmona and the psoriasis. In the heart of a forest, in a pampering natural setting … what, you didn’t hear about the huge fire we had here? but it was really for the best, because it created an attraction in which you can see nature regenerating itself − breeding from amid the scorched rocky terrain, a tangle of nettles, thorns, thistles and other pampering flora.
Jacuzzi in the room − a tub of fizzy water in the middle of the room, with a moldy smell tinged with the subtle scent of either a cesspool or Bat-Oren soap left by previous guests together with a souvenir: a small curly black hair. Basic sprinkler which sprays water across the whole room, including the bed, the books and the newspapers, becoming a feeble bubble the moment you take your seat in the tub, as you try to imagine Caribbean islands but are bothered by what will happen to the room again when you get up.
Kitchen chef in gourmet restaurant − if by chance you are still hungry after your pampering breakfast, from midday on you can start looking for Il Desperado, the chef’s restaurant, which offers a variety of ethnic and international fusion dishes with touches of Provence a-la-gogo for only NIS 420 per person. the restaurant is located in a magnificent Mandate-period building which was used as a shoe storeroom and is only 38 kilometers from the B&B as the crow flies (GPS recommended, because there are no other restaurants in the area).
“Located close by”; “in the area”; “within traveling distance”; “around here” − the peak of Mount Hermon, the blue shores of the Mediterranean, land of gurgling water, Byzantine fortresses, pine forests, desert vistas, dunes, mountain cliffs, the “Meymadion,” “Ashkeluna,” “Kiftzuba” − all are “within traveling distance” from the hotel or the B&B. We didn’t specify the distance, but, hey, you can’t provide every bit of info in a brochure or on a website.
Pampering breakfast − Greasy omelet, two square slices of thin black bread, miniature sample of butter package. Water by special request.
Pampering breakfast for half-board deal (gourmet style) − As above, with the addition of two pampering sage leaves − on the house!
Pampering extras − a real apple tree and a pear from a tree in a raffia basket; a boxed set of CDs of James Last and his Orchestra next to a stereo set in which one scratchy speaker works; a neon reading lamp whose switch is located, for your convenience, behind the TV set.
Pampering hotel rooms − a tiny bottle of amber gel, which only reading the tiny print below under the flowing water will convince you is shampoo, or softener, or washing gel, or body lotion, or window-washing liquid. This is accompanied by a suspension of disbelief about its being viscous liquid.
Pampering suite − Room with another door that leads to a studio room (cf.), plus a jar of Gita’s quince jam and plastic cutlery next to the TV set, with the compliments of the management.
Personal, pampering family-style accommodations − Yodfat and Alexander will cough at your bedside in the morning with a tray, will take offense if you don’t eat the homemade quince jam prepared by Gita from the neighboring moshav, will give you an intertwined paired massage (Yodfat − feeble shiatsu for him; Alhorny − sorry, Alexander − deep-tissue for her), meditate with you, sing you Catalonian folksongs, play Bach arranged for celesta and recorder, read you poems they have written, and − every night, from the other side of the wall − will let you hear them quarreling over who thought up the idiotic idea of a B&B.
Romantic wooden cabin − there was no budget to build rooms, and Hassan & Sons from the neighboring village gave us a deal as part of a barter exchange in return for a blue Volvo. but if you stand outside, squint a bit and ignore the smell of the nearby cowshed, you can imagine that you are in Gstaad.
Spa hotel − Regular hotel in which the bathtub contains bivalves, a hunk of sponge gourd wrapped in cellophane, a twig of rosemary, and soap made of organic quince with a touch of sulfur.
Studio room − too small to be called a room, too big to go on wasting as storage space for mops and a lawn mower.
Swimming pool − the turquoise pool in the tropical setting whose photograph on the website made you decide to come to the B&B in the first place is actually within “traveling distance” (cf.) and at the end of a steep climb of 80 stairs. It is jointly used by two regional councils, is open from 10 a.M. until 2 P.M. except for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and entrance is conditional on buying a membership in the Decibel day camp.
Swimming pool (covered) − As above, only with a concentrated aroma of chlorine and urine, plus an acoustic shell with resonating ambiance from the kids in the Decibel day camp.
“Tranquillity that blends mystically with a breathtaking view and pastoral quiet in the perfect place for an enchanting romantic holiday for lovers, where time seems to have stopped” − if, that is, you can repress the fact that just behind the wall of the spa, Sheikh Nasrallah and Hezbollah’s 50,000 rockets and missiles are also pampering themselves.
1. Placing aspirin next to a toothache helps with the pain.
Swallowing aspirin can help to reduce toothache. However, placing an aspirin next to the tooth may burn your cheek and gums because it is acidic which will only add to your discomfort.
2. You should always rinse after brushing your teeth.
This is a complete myth.
Rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash after brushing actually reduces the beneficial effects of your toothpaste. In doing so you are actually diluting or washing away the fluoride, which protects the enamel coating of your teeth from tooth decay. If you do use a mouthwash, always use it at separate time to brushing. Most mouthwashes may say otherwise, but even if it contains fluoride it is not as effective as your toothpaste. so after brushing, simply spit out the bubbles and avoid rinsing.
3. I should brush my teeth straight after eating.
This is a common misconception. the sugars contained in the food you eat turns to acid within about three minutes. This acid then begins to soften the hard protective enamel coating of your teeth. the enamel will normally re-mineralize in about 40 minutes. However, if you decide to brush your teeth within this time you will be brushing away the enamel tissue whilst it is still soft, resulting in visible tooth wear and increased sensitivity to hot and cold.
4. I don’t need to floss if I use mouthwash.
Defiantly not true some mouthwashes can help to control bacterial growth and some do kill bacteria; but they can’t get it all. nothing beats mechanically removing that plaque.
5. If my gums bleed when am brushing I should stop.
This is a complete Myth. Bleeding gums is a sign that you should see your dentist as soon as possible. In most cases, if there are areas that bleed when you brush your teeth you should take it as a sign that you need to clean them more efficiently. It is definitely worth having bleeding gums checked, as it may also be a sign of gum disease. It’s also worth asking your dentist to check that you are brushing your teeth correctly. In some cases, brushing an unhealthy area correctly will cause it to bleed initially. However, by careful brushing it will become healthier as the offending plaque is removed, and the bleeding will stop.
6. After a filling there will be no need for further treatment.
Not necessarily true. In a lot of cases this may be true, but it cannot be guaranteed. If the decay in the tooth goes very deep, sometimes the nerve of the tooth may not recover and could still need root canal treatment in order to save the tooth. If this is not possible the tooth may have to be extracted. Good oral hygiene is also very important to ensure there is no reoccurrence of decay. Bad oral hygiene may reduce the lifespan of a filling.
7. I will know if I need a filling.
Usually, if you experience pain from a tooth the decay is more advanced resulting in trauma to the nerve of the tooth. This normally makes it much harder to save the tooth and could lead to it being extracted. Small cavities can be symptomless. For this reason it is always important to have regular visits with you dentist. Early detection and treatment greatly increases the chances of saving your tooth.
8. as long as my teeth feel ok I don’t need to go to the dentist.
This is one of the worst myths Regular checkups are very important. Early tooth decay can be symptomless.
More importantly, problems such as periodontal disease (gum disease), leading to bone loss from around the roots of your teeth (resulting in the teeth becoming loose and falling out) can have a slow onset and you may not be aware of a problem until your teeth become mobile. Your dentist is trained to spot the early signs of gum disease and as a result treatment is much easier and less painful; it can also be a lot kinder on your piggy bank
9. Teeth whitening is harmful to your teeth.
Modern tooth whitening procedures have minimal harmful effects when carried out by a qualified dental professional. If done incorrectly, tooth whitening can result to increased tooth sensitivity and/ or damage to the gum tissues. In some cases it is not appropriate for some patients to have tooth whitening e.g. in cases involving sensitive teeth, enamel problems etc. It is always worth checking with you dentist first before undergoing any tooth whitening procedure.
10. It is ok to brush with sodium bicarbonate.
It is defiantly not ok to brush with sodium bicarbonate It can be very destructive to your teeth as it is very abrasive. Brushing with sodium bicarbonate can cause severe loss of tooth tissue and hypersensitivity. If staining is the problem you could try whitening toothpaste, although I usually do not recommend them as they are still more abrasive they are still better than sodium bicarbonate; if you really want the staining removed effectively see your dentist, dental therapist or hygienist.
Ben Atkins is Practice Principal of 3 NHS dental practices in Manchester. For more information visit revivedentalcare.co.uk