Do you ever wonder why your dentist recommends you come back to see them every six months? Not only to we enjoy seeing you, but regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. It’s also up to you to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy between those visits. Plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.
After your dental exam we will perform a dental cleaning which consist of:
- Checking the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
- Removing any plaque and tartar
- Polishing your teeth
- Flossing between your teeth
- Reviewing recommended brushing and flossing techniques
Once we are finished with your cleaning, we’ll tell you more about the health of your teeth and gums and make any recommendations we feel is warranted. Remember, by seeing our staff at Brogdon Dental on a routine basis (at least every 6 months) and following our recommendations of good, daily oral hygiene practices, you can be sure that you will keep your teeth and gums healthy. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
Here are some more fun facts about teeth from 123dentist.com…
- The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
- No two people have the same set of teeth.
- Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including assisting you with your digestion and protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
- Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
- One third of your tooth is underneath your gums—that means only two thirds of your tooth’s length is visible.
- Teeth start to form even before you are born—milk teeth or baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old.
- If you get your tooth knocked out, put it in milk and hold it in your mouth—this will help your tooth to survive longer. Make sure you see a dentist right away.
- Toothpicks are the object most often choked on by Americans.
Here are some interesting facts about teeth, courtesy of the Children’s Dental Village.
- The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.
- People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.
- Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
- More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
- If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
- If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!
- More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
- 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.
- Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth.
- Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day.
- The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day.
So brush and floss your teeth, drink plenty of water and SMILE…
When we think of the month of July, we usually think of Independence Day… the 4th of July. But do we think about all the freedoms we have in this country? One of the freedoms we have is the ability to go to the dentist. In many countries, dentist and dental opportunities are non-existent. We in America, take often these conveniences for granted, but we should be thankful that most cities and even small towns offer dentist that can help you keep your smile looking great and will be there for you during any dental emergencies.
When you reflect on your blessings and the great freedoms we experience in our country, let’s not forget to be thankful for our dentist and dental hygienist that work hard to make sure we have the best smile possible. Thank you Dr. Brogdon and Dr. McKinney for your service.
Have you ever wondered where the toothbrush came from that you have in your bathroom medicine cabinet? According to the Library of Congress, the toothbrush that we use today was not invented until 1938. However, there are many other early forms of toothbrushes that have been around since 3000 BC. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used what was referred to as a “chew stick” which was a thin stick with a frayed end. The teeth were “cleaned” by chewing on the frayed end.
Bristle toothbrushes were invented in China in 1498. These brushes were made with hairs taken from the backs of hog’s necks and attached to bone or bamboo handles.
In 1938, Dupont de Nemours introduced the first nylon toothbrush called Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush. Compared to using a boar bristle toothbrush, this was probably looked on as a miracle! Now we have various toothbrush shapes, sizes, textures and handle styles to choose from.
Here are some other interesting facts about toothbrushes:
- The first mass-produced toothbrush was made by William Addis of Clerkenwald, England, around 1780.
- The first American to patent a toothbrush was H.N. Wadsworth, on November 7, 1857.
- Mass production of toothbrushes began in America around 1885.
- One of the first electric toothbrushes to hit the American market was in 1960. It was marketed by the Squibb company under the name of Broxodent.
- On average, each person in the U.S. purchases three toothbrushes every 2 years although the ADA recommends that toothbrushes be changed every 3 to 4 months.
(courtesy of The Library of Congress)
This is the last in our series on food and your teeth. Our subject today is Wasabi. That may seem like a odd food, but Wasabi, or Japanese horseradish, is a hot ingredient used in relation with Oriental cooking. This spicy condiment is known to safeguard healthy teeth by fighting bacteria that cause cavities and gum abscesses.
Wasabi root also helps reduce Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a bacteria that leads to stomach ulcers, unpleasant burping and bad breath, according to a 2004 study at Juntendo University School of Medicine in Tokyo.
So the next time you order sushi, don’t forget the Wasabi. It’s good for your stomach as well as your teeth.
Our patients are wonderful people! Here are some of the recent comments they made concerning their visit… Enjoy!
Dr. Brogdon has been my dentist for over 20 years and I feel lucky to have him and his staff taking care of my dental needs. He keeps up with the latest techniques and always answers any questions I may have in a clear manner. Thomas G.
I’ve been going to Dr. Brogdon’s office for many years! Dr. Brogdon, Bethany, and Tina are amazingnous! I highly recommend them for ALL of your dental needs. They are so warm, friendly, kind, compassionate, and “baby” you when necessary. I LOVE you guys! Thank you so much for being who you are & for being the VERY BEST dentist in Chattanooga! Signed: A very Happy, Healthy, & Pretty SMILE
I’ve been going to Brogdon Dental since moving to Chattanooga 24 years ago. I picked them out of the phone book because they were close to home and feel that I lucked out tremendously which is why I’ve never changed dental professionals ever since. I’ve had fillings as well as crowns over the years and have never, ever had a problem. The staff has always been wonderful, approachable and appreciative of our (my husband goes here too) business. I’ve never felt more confident that our dental needs will successfully be met with Dr. Brogdon and Angela (our hygienist) . He keeps up with all new techniques and advances in dentistry. If Brogdon Dental weren’t top notch, we wouldn’t have stuck with them for 24 years even though now we live some distance away. Evelyn G.
Enjoyed my office visit. Very helpful and courteous staff. Wait time was minimal. Office is very clean and over all service I would rate 5 out of 5. Karen L.
No waiting…..prompt…..no pain…..efficient and extremely courteous !! Still Love Brogden Dental…..over 20 years now…..!!! Billy M.
This is just a sampling of the great comments we receive. If you haven’t given us a try, why not call our office today? We have great dentists, hygienists and office staff waiting to serve you. Brogdon Dental 423-870-5698 Dr. Joseph Brogdon and Dr. Joshua McKinney. Show the love!