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The Great Toothbrush Debate: Manual v. Electric

Ever wondered if the electric toothbrushes on display at your dentist’s office, or the electric brushes you see on the shelves of your neighborhood store, are more effective and better than the manual toothbrush you’ve been using? Although the effectiveness of brushing your teeth is not solely reliant on the toothbrush that you use, experts believe that the type of toothbrush you use is a factor affecting how well you remove plaque from your teeth. According to a 2005 independent study on the Oral-B website, “Brushes that worked with a rotation oscillation (round and round) action removed more plaque and reduced gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes in the short and long-term… No other powered brush designs were consistently superior.” Rechargeable electric toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes both offer benefits to users, but which type should you choose? Let’s look at the options: The Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Also known as the “power toothbrush”, the rechargeable electric toothbrush...
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Camera Ready Smile

The first day of school is coming up fast, which means every parent in America will be grabbing their cameras to capture “Billy’s first day.” Whether our kids are in preschool or high school, we want to be able to look back on those milestones for years to come. Sometimes the challenging part, however, is getting them to smile! Unless your child is an aspiring actor or the class clown, chances are when you reach for the camera, they reach for the door. Don’t get a picture of them hiding behind their backpack, instead, try these simple tips to get them to strike a pose. Make it a game If your child doesn’t like photos, turn the “photo shoot” into a game. Have them take pictures of you with their backpack and lunch box. Funny faces and silly poses always help too. Just have fun with it and they are more likely to...
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Benefits of a drinking straw

Are you the person who always has a straw handy for any occasion? Some people may look at you strange, but it turns out that you have some pretty good reasons for always using a straw. • Stain Protection: Using a drinking straw can seriously help protect your teeth against staining that happens from long term exposure to dark-colored foods and drinks. Using a straw means you avoid constant and direct contact with the front of your teeth. • Reduced Exposure: Using a drinking straw means you have control of that food or drink intake by direct the substance away from your teeth.  Reduced exposure means less chance for bacteria and sugary substances to stick to your teeth and potentially cause erosion. • Hygiene: Dishes in restaurants tend to host germs and bacteria simply from exposure to other people and handling. Using a straw can help you to only consume the beverage you...
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