Proper Brushing DOs and DON’Ts

Mouth open or mouth closed?

After lunch or after dinner?

Flat or at an angle?

We brush our teeth every day (hopefully!), but who knew it was this complicated. Just grab a brush a get to work, right?

Not so fast, my friend! There are actually some best practices to be mindful of when brushing those pearly whites.

The trick is cutting through the fat and finding out exactly what works. We live in a world of alternate facts, truthiness, and lists of “7 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Clean Without Picking Up a Toothbrush.” What’s even correct these days?!

Fear not, because we’ve got you covered with this handy FAQ (frequently asked questions) guide. We’ll keep it simple with some easy dos and don’ts of brushing. Let’s get to it!

Proper Brushing Habits

Don’t: Keep your brush flat
Do: Use a 45-degree angle when brushing Proper

Don’t: Use looooooooong strokes. No need to cover your whole mouth in one stroke!
Do: Use short, side to side strokes

Don’t: Brush with the force of a giant. This isn’t a strongman contest!
Do: Gently cover all areas. A gentle touch helps prevent wear and tear on your enamel

Don’t: Go one and done
Do: Brush at least twice a day, especially after eating or drinking something acidic (like citrus or soda)

Don’t: Be sentimental and use the same toothbrush for life
Do: Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. A trick to remember: switch out on the first day of each season

Don’t: Be average – the average person brushes their teeth for 45 seconds
Do: Brush for a full 2 minutes. A helpful trick: say the alphabet while brushing a certain section, move to the next section after you hit Z.

Don’t: Keep your toothbrush in a closed container
Do: All your toothbrush to air dry

Don’t: Store your toothbrush on the sink counter where bathroom particles can get on it
Do: Store your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet

 Don’t: Wield a tough-bristled brush
Do: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which is much better for your tooth enamel

And there we have it! Some easy practices to keep that perfect smile. Remember: Brushing is only 4 minutes out of the day, so why not make it the BEST 4 minutes of your day!

Thank You for Your Toy Donations!

We at Dentistry by Design are so thankful to our wonderful patients, staff and everyone else who donated to this year’s Toys for Tots campaign! We were thrilled and honored to be a toy drop-off location this year. All the toys have been picked up and have been distributed to local children. Your generosity has made all of the difference this holiday season!

Thank you!

(Pictured: Dr. Sledge and Cora Sledge)

Dentistry by Design Partners with Toys for Tots

 

Dentistry by Design Partners with Toys for Tots

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but there are still many families whose children go without during the holiday season. What could be a better Christmas gift than that of bringing smiles to many children on Christmas morning?

Dentistry by Design has partnered with the popular holiday program, Toys for Tots (Door County Toys For Kids), to provide new toys to children in need- right here in Northern Door County! From now until December 9th, there will be a donation box in the waiting room of Dentistry by Design.

Donations will be accepted during normal business hours. After collection is complete, toys will be distributed to local children who are less fortunate than others. If you do not have an opportunity to pick up a new toy, any cash donations received will be spent on toys.

Help us put a smile on children’s faces this holiday season and let’s make this campaign better than ever!

Dentistry by Design, 2645 S. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, WI  54234

Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm

 

 

 

Back to School Supply Drive

The new school year is almost here! As a way to help out students and teachers in our community, Dentistry by Design will be holding a School Supply Drive to collect school supplies that can be handed out to the Gibraltar School District.

“It is important for us to do what we can to support our community,” says Dr. John Sledge.  “It really does take a village to raise a child and all we want is the children in our community to have all the tools needed to succeed.”

We have a bin in the waiting room that we hope to fill to the top and bring to the school before the 2021-2022 school year is back in session.

Thank you for your help supplying local classrooms with these much-needed supplies!

Supplies:

  • Backpacks
  • Earbuds/Headphones
  • Paint Smocks
  • Skinny Markers
  • Tissues
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Rulers

Delivery Location
Dentistry by Design
2645 S. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, WI  54234

Phone: (920) 854-5200

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday, 8AM to 5PM

*Delivery Due Date: On or before August 27th

Beautiful Smiles Rely on Healthy Gums

Your oral health goes beyond just teeth. Gums play a big part in a healthy and beautiful smile.

It is the gums that hold the teeth together in the perfect way and protect them by providing armor underneath. Even when your teeth are disease-free, you need to constantly care for gums for long-lasting teeth. 

Tips for Healthy Gums:

Good oral hygiene goes a long way when it comes to maintaining healthy gums. Some of the things patients should add to their oral care routine include:

Brush Twice a Day

Brushing at least twice a day is essential to keep gums healthy. Patients should not only focus on teeth when brushing. The gums and tongue should be cleaned as well. This removes plaque buildup and bacteria from teeth surfaces.

Floss Daily

Using floss at least once a day is just as important as brushing. Dental floss should be used to clean the spaces between teeth and keep them healthy. Failing to do so daily still leaves teeth and gums susceptible to decay.

Use a Mouthwash

An antibacterial mouthwash goes a long way when it comes to oral hygiene. It helps to clean the spaces brushing and flossing cannot reach, and it kills some of the bacteria in the mouth. A good mouthwash also helps to re-mineralize teeth and freshen breath.

Regular Visits to the Dentist

Dentists are trained to detect early signs of gum disease. If you go to your dentist regularly, they are more likely to be able to catch signs of gum disease early and treat it before it causes serious damage. Professional cleanings are also the only way you can remove tartar. Tartar leads not only to tooth decay but also gum disease. Your hygienist is trained to remove this tartar to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Healthy teeth rely on healthy gums to keep them in place. Take care of your gums to maintain a beautiful, functional smile that lasts a lifetime!

Learn more about the ways to take care of your gums at Dentistry by Design Sister Bay. Request an appointment with us for a check-up. Call our office at (920) 854-5200 or book an appointment online.