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By Gregory A. Rosecrans, DDS, PC
November 10, 2015
Category: Oral Procedures
Tags: Toothbrush  

Ever stare at the huge selection of toothbrushes in a store and wonder what the difference is between them all? As it turns out, different people have different needs in a toothbrush. Let Gentle Family Dentistry guide you towards picking the best brush for you. If you still Toothbrushhave questions afterwards, visit Dr. Gregory A. Rosecrans of Gentle Family Dentistry in Bay City, MI and have a professional dentist address your concerns.

Here are a few considerations in choosing your toothbrush:

Sizing
You'll want a toothbrush that can easily access all your teeth, so that you can clean them. If your toothbrush is too large, you may not be able to maneuver it to reach places like the back of your mouth. And if you have a small mouth, you may wish to pick up a kid's toothbrush even if you're an adult! So test out a range of sizes and see what works best. Or ask your Bay City, MI dentist, who will have recommendations for you.

Bristles
Toothbrushes can have harder or softer bristles. What's best for you will depend on how hard you brush your teeth. For instance, if you brush very vigorously, hard bristles could in fact damage your gums and cause them to recede. On the other hand, an overly soft brush may not clean your teeth effectively. Again, if you have concerns, visit your dentist's office in Bay City, MI, where Dr. Rosecrans can determine how effectively you are cleaning your teeth.

Manual or electric?
Good news: so long as used properly, both are equally effective for cleaning your teeth! So pick whichever fits your lifestyle and preferences the best. If you have motor problems or limited mobility, for instance, it might be much easier for you to use an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can be more expensive, however, so take your budget into account.

Have more questions about brushing your teeth? Visit Gentle Family Dentistry in Bay City, MI, today. Or pick up the phone and call (989) 892-7832 to make an appointment today!

By Gregory Rosecrans, DDS, PC
August 27, 2014
Category: Oral Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  
root canals canine Root canals have gone to the dogs—at least this was the case for Toki, a German Shepherd dog who is “stationed” at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Toki, age 6, is a patrol and explosives detection dog known as a MWD: a military working dog. In May 2014, army veterinary technicians were performing a routine teeth cleaning on Toki when they noticed one of his upper canine teeth needed a root canal. While Toki had not been acting as if the tooth bothered him, he could experience pain and a decreased appetite if the tooth was left untreated.
 

Fixing Toki’s Tooth

To ensure Toki could continue doing the work he loves, the Air Force Veterinarian Lt. Col. (Dr.) Joseph Hare contacted an endodontist to determine if Toki could receive the root canal he needed. On May 15, Toki underwent the procedure to repair his tooth. While canine root canals are similar in many ways to adult root canals, there are some exceptions. Dogs tend to have longer and more curved tooth nerve roots, which can affect an endodontist’s approach.
 
Fortunately for Toki, the root canal was a success. Instead of facing potential retirement, he is back on the job after a brief break for recovery.
 

The Importance of a Root Canal 

Toki serves as a prime example of how root canal therapy can help humans and canines alike experience healthier teeth. The procedure is needed when tooth decay is so significant that it penetrates to the inner tooth materials, such as the tooth’s nerve and pulp. If left untreated, a tooth needing a root canal can typically develop into an abscessed tooth, which is a serious health concern.
 
At Dr. Rosecrans’ dental practice in Bay City, he saves teeth from further decay with root canal therapy. The procedure can significantly reduce pain from an infected tooth where the bacteria have penetrated to the tooth’s roots. Root canals are truly meant to relieve pain and discomfort while protecting the tooth. The long-term benefits make the procedure worthwhile by preventing the need to extract a highly damaged tooth.
 
A root canal helped Toki feel better and get back to work—for information on how the procedure can offer you the same benefits, call Dr. Rosecrans’ Bay City, MI dentist office at (989) 892-7832.