Cleaning Between the Teeth

Did you know that brushing alone only removes up to 60% of the plaque on your teeth? The rest is...
Did you know that brushing alone only removes up to 60% of the plaque on your teeth? The rest is found between our teeth. There are different interdental cleaning devices such as floss, dental picks, water irrigators and interdental brushes. Interdental brushes are often easier to use compared to other options, and in most cases the most efficient tool to prevent gum inflammation and cavities. Use your interdental tool once a day, preferably in the evening before toothbrushing. Each tool...
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Periodontal Disease

Have you ever noticed bleeding when brushing or cleaning between your teeth? Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs that...
Have you ever noticed bleeding when brushing or cleaning between your teeth? Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs that your gums are inflamed and presence of infection. If you wash your hands and notice bleeding, you would probably be concerned. So, what’s the difference? Well, there is no difference, because periodontal disease is having a big wound in your mouth. The good news is—periodontal disease is preventable! How does the disease start? A sticky film called dental plaque constantly...
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Diabetes and Your Mouth; American Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month to raise awareness of diabetes symptoms, promote healthy living and ensure people are aware of...
November is National Diabetes Month to raise awareness of diabetes symptoms, promote healthy living and ensure people are aware of risk factors. Among the US population 10.5% (34.2 million people!) have diabetes, with approximately 1 in 4 not aware of having the disease. What is Diabetes? When we eat or drink carbohydrates, they are broken down to glucose and released into our blood. For the glucose to be able to enter our cells and fuel our bodies, a hormone called...
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Cavities Beware!

At the end of October many people celebrate Halloween by dressing up in costumes and going candy-hunting. Although this is...
At the end of October many people celebrate Halloween by dressing up in costumes and going candy-hunting. Although this is fun for the entire family, it is also important to understand the damage sweets can cause to teeth over time. Here are some holiday tips on how to enjoy that Halloween candy while still keeping your teeth healthy.   What causes a cavity? Cavities are a leading chronic condition affecting children in the United States (CDC, 2019). Cavities form when...
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Tips to Help You Brush Better

Do you think about the way you are brushing your teeth every day or is it more of an automatic...
Do you think about the way you are brushing your teeth every day or is it more of an automatic procedure? It is a well-known recommendation to brush twice a day, but your technique also matters. Here are some simple tips to make your brushing more effective. Review your technique. Generally, most plaque accumulates along the gumline and between the teeth. When brushing the goal is to feel the bristles along the gumline. Aim to angle your toothbrush at about...
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Celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month

Every October is National Dental Hygiene Month. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) initiates a national campaign to celebrate and...
Every October is National Dental Hygiene Month. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) initiates a national campaign to celebrate and recognize the role dental hygienists play in improving the health of their patients. Everyone loves a clean mouth, right? Why is National Dental Hygiene Month Important? Promote the value of oral health. Good oral health is essential for overall health, so this month is all about the importance of maintaining your healthy smile.   Encourages you to evaluate your own...
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TePe Supreme Toothbrush for daily plaque removal

The TePe Supreme toothbrush has an innovative bristle design, along with a tapered brush head. The multi-level bristles enable more...
The TePe Supreme toothbrush has an innovative bristle design, along with a tapered brush head. The multi-level bristles enable more efficient cleaning further in between the teeth and along the gumline with the longer bristles. The tapered brush head allows access to reach the back teeth. It has an easy-grip handle with a thumb pad. The toothbrush neck can be angled without heating. Using the TePe Supreme Toothbrush Using the Supreme toothbrush is similar to all manual toothbrush instructions. Here...
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How to effectively care for an implant

Dental implants must regularly be cleaned to disrupt plaque. If you do not properly clean your implants you are at...
Dental implants must regularly be cleaned to disrupt plaque. If you do not properly clean your implants you are at risk of inflammation of the tissues surrounding the implant. Last week we discussed the TePe Implant Care Kit; here are some tips on how to use the oral hygiene products included in the kit.   Interdental Brushes: TePe recommends you consult your dental professional to find the right sized interdental brush for your implant. Interdental brushes clean between your teeth...
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Cleaning your dental implants

Replacing missing teeth with implants has become a viable option for all people, even for the aging population. Implants are...
Replacing missing teeth with implants has become a viable option for all people, even for the aging population. Implants are shaped differently than natural teeth and are more susceptible to inflammation. That’s why we have put together a special Implant Care Kit with hygiene tools especially suitable for cleaning implants. TePe Implant Care Kit When deciding what is the best hygiene tool to clean your implants, you must evaluate and consider the area you are trying to clean, the amount...
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Replace missing teeth with dental implants

Dental implants allow for a replacement of a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. The dental implant replaces the...
Dental implants allow for a replacement of a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. The dental implant replaces the natural tooth root. If you are missing one tooth, you may need a single implant, whereas if you’re missing several teeth you may need an implant supported bridge or an implant retained over-denture. A dental implant consists of a screw that is placed in the jawbone and a crown, which looks like a natural tooth, is anchored to the implant....
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Your smile contributes to healthy aging

Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance during September designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing...
Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance during September designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. It is important to take personal responsibility for your health, to improve physical, mental, social and financial well-being. As we transition from summer to fall, perhaps this is a good time for adults to think about new aspirations. Do you want to be better at cooking? Do you want to try a new physical goal, for example biking? Maybe...
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Cleaning your orthodontic appliances

Fixed orthodontic appliances increase the number of sites where plaque can accumulate. Maintaining a high standard of plaque control is...
Fixed orthodontic appliances increase the number of sites where plaque can accumulate. Maintaining a high standard of plaque control is essential to reduce risk of cavities and gum disease.     TePe Orthodontic Products When deciding what is the best hygiene tool to clean your orthodontic appliance, you must evaluate and consider what you are trying to clean, the amount of hand dexterity you have, the technical difficulty of the task, the ease of use of the device, and your...
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