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By Malwin & Malwin Family Dentistry
December 29, 2018
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If there’s one essential tool for protecting your dental health, it’s the humble toothbrush. The basic manual brush with a long, slender handle and short-bristled head is still effective when used skillfully. The market, though, is full of choices, all of them touting their brand as the best.

So how do you choose? You can cut through any marketing hype with a few simple guidelines.

First, understand what you’re trying to accomplish with brushing: removing dental plaque, that thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces that’s the main cause of dental disease. Brushing also stimulates gum tissue and helps reduce inflammation.

With that in mind, you’ll first want to consider the texture of a toothbrush’s bristles, whether they’re stiff (hard) or more pliable (soft). You might think the firmer the better for removing plaque, but actually a soft-bristled brush is just as effective in this regard. Stiffer bristles could also damage the gums over the long term.

Speaking of bristles, look for those that have rounded tips. In a 2016 study, less rounded tips increased gum recession in the study’s participants by 30%. You should also look for toothbrushes with different bristle heights: longer bristles at the end can be more effective cleaning back teeth.

As far as size and shape, choose a brush that seems right and comfortable for you when you hold it. For children or people with dexterity problems, a handle with a large grip area can make the toothbrush easier to hold and use.

And look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, something you may have seen on some toothpaste brands. It means the toothbrush in question has undergone independent testing and meets the ADA’s standards for effectiveness. That doesn’t mean a particular brush without the seal is sub-standard—when in doubt ask your dentist on their recommendation.

Even a quality toothbrush is only as effective as your skill in using it. Your dental provider can help, giving you tips and training for getting the most out of your brush. With practice, you and your toothbrush can effectively remove disease-causing plaque and help keep your smile beautiful and healthy.

If you would like more information on what to look for in a toothbrush, 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 “Sizing up Toothbrushes.”

By Malwin & Malwin Family Dentistry
January 05, 2018
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

January 12, 2016
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December 17, 2015
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As we all know the holidays are full of festive and creative sugary treats tied in with family get-togethers or given as gifts. It is very difficult to resist in testing and tasting theses treats, but hopefully some of the following tips will help you  maintain optimal care of your teeth during the holidays!

Sugary treats along with those who consume alcoholic beverages during the holidays can actually wreak havoc on your teeth if proper dental hygiene care is not in place.

The additional stress that the holidays bring can make even the most conscientious person fall out of the habit of flossing and brushing .... not to mention the additional stress can also lead some to grind their teeth at night. 

Hopefully you can give your teeth the gift of health this Christmas by simply taking great care of your teeth and smile by following some of these tips that we offer:

* Limit the amount of sweets you consume and brush and floss shortly after.
* Avoid biting down on or chewing hard candy.
* Avoid cracking nuts with your teeth.
* Wear your night guard if the stress of the holidays cause you to grind your teeth at night.
* Most importantly .... keep up with your regular brushing and flossing.

Malwin & Malwin Family Dentistry would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas 
and hope that some of these tips will be useful as you and your family enjoy the Holidays. 

December 01, 2015
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Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism

* Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
* A grinding sound at night, which oftentimes is disturbing to someone who you share a room with
* Jaw muscles that feel painful and tight.
* Clicking of the temporomandibular joint
* Damaged teeth, broken fillings and injured or inflamed gums
* Headaches 
* Swelling on the side of your lower jaw caused which is typically caused by clenching


If you feel you might be suffering from Bruxism please contact our office today at 941-488-1459 to schedule an appointment and evaluation

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