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Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Blog |

Gifts Your Mouth Will Thank You for this Holiday Season

Gifts Your Mouth Will Thank You for this Holiday Season

As the holiday cookies come out of the oven and the candy canes hook onto the tree, you may spend more time than usual worrying about your waistline. Controlling your enjoyment of the sweet stuff is necessary throughout December, but you should spend just as much time worrying about the impact those holiday treats may have on your child’s teeth. It’s important that they maintain a healthy teeth-brushing routine and balance the treats with healthy foods, but you may also consider wrapping up a few gifts that promote dental health. The staff here at Briggs Family Dentistry wants to help you celebrate the holidays healthfully, so we rounded up a short list of smile-friendly gift recommendations: Dr. Fresh Smiley Gripper Toothbrush: These friendly toothbrushes are designed with small suction cups that attach to your bathroom sink, allowing the brush to stand upright. This prevents your young brusher from leaving the toothbrush on the sink where the bristles can pick up germs. Other gripper toothbrush designs are available, including a...

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Blog |

The Toothbrush Breakdown: Manual vs. Electric

The Toothbrush Breakdown: Manual vs. Electric

Most everyone agrees that good teeth-brushing habits are an absolute necessity for good dental health, but there’s some controversy as to whether a manual or an electric toothbrush is the better choice for getting the job done right. Here at Briggs Family Dentistry, our Scottsdale dentists have some facts that may help you decide for yourself. Pros and Cons of Manual Brushes • Low Price: The affordability of the manual brush makes it easy to replace often. Your brush should be replaced whenever the bristles become worn. • Better Control: A manual brush offers better control to the user. Those with very sensitive teeth or other mouth problems often prefer this brush. • A Bit Boring: Those trying to get their children to brush may find the manual brush a little too boring to keep them interested. Children may develop better brushing habits with a more exciting electric brush. Pros and Cons of Electric Brushes • Easier Brushing: Because an electric brush essentially does all of the work for...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Blog |

Oil Pulling – A Trick or Treat?

Oil Pulling – A Trick or Treat?

What was once an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique 5,000 years ago is now a trending topic among millennials. If you haven’t heard of oil pulling yet, allow us to fill you in. What is it? Oil pulling involves the swishing around of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes – specifically sesame oil, coconut oil, and sunflower oil. The vitamin constitution and unrefined qualities in these oils are reported to ease gum inflammation and help with bad breath. It has also been reported to whiten teeth, relieve jaw pain, strengthen teeth and gums, and even relieve headaches. The only reported adverse effects are upset stomach and diarrhea. Is this trend all hype? Or is there merit behind its supposed benefits? In a study conducted with two groups of ten, the group who used oil pulling and the group who used chlorhexidine mouthwash both reported a decrease in plaque and increase in gum health. However, despite these results along with hundreds of online testimonials, the ADA does not recommend oil pulling...

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Blog |

A Happy Mouth For The Holidays

A Happy Mouth For The Holidays

  The Holiday Season is here and this great time of year seems to show up quicker every year. The Holiday blur usually brings more gatherings and travel resulting in the possibility of good oral health going down the drain. Below are some tips to help keep a happy mouth during the Holidays so the New Year doesn’t come with a lot of damage to repair. Foods containing a lot of refined sugar have been shown to make plaque growfaster. Starting with Halloween, sugary sweets seem to be everywhere. Candies that stay in your mouth for a longer period of time like lollipops or caramels are the ones best to avoid. If you do want to partake in these treats (and I don’t blame you) mouthwashes are great for a quick rinse to help kill some germs that cause plaque. Fluids can also beat up your teeth. While green and black teas are healthy and shown to help slow or kill bacteria of the mouth that leads to plaque...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog |

Implant dentistry Making your Smile Permanent

Implant dentistry Making your Smile Permanent

Fixing your smile can be stressful and Briggs Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help with every step of the way. When you lose a tooth and root or have a broken tooth an implant is now the preferred option over a bridge or dentures, because they allow you to enjoy all the regular activities just as if those were your permanent and real teeth.   Dental implants have been gaining popularity because with the correct care they have a success rate of up to 98% and can generally last the Owner’s life. As long as the Patient has healthy gums and enough bone in the jaw to work with then they are usually a good candidate for this treatment. Implants also don’t typically have any affect on the surrounding teeth and gums other than improving the structure. Depending on the condition and how many replacements are needed a dental implant or an All-on-4 procedure are both great options for consideration.   Like other procedures there can be...

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Blog |

When is the Right Time to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?

When is the Right Time to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Is It Time to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed? The eruption of wisdom teeth is a commonly dreaded part of life which often leaves patients living in agony until they are extracted. While many people may simply experience pain during their eruption, others may also face severe negative effects toward their oral health. Keep reading to learn a few reasons why it may be a good idea to have your wisdom teeth removed. Reduce Your Risk of Oral Infections It has been found that there is a strong correlation between the eruption of wisdom teeth and various forms of oral infections. The third molars are well known to frequently develop in a position which makes it difficult to clean them properly, often increasing a person’s risk of developing periodontal disease. Save Your Smile The progress that is gained from years of dental braces can be severely altered within months of a wisdom tooth’s eruption. People who have had no previous alignment treatment for their teeth may notice their teeth...

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