Thursday, April 24, 2014

20 Unique Toothpaste Flavours

Who said dental care should be boring and flavorless?

Jasmine Flavour

Pickle Flavour

Coffee Flavour

Scotch Flavour

Honey Flavour

Pine Flavour

Fennel Flavour

Blueberry Flavour

Cupcake Flavour

Bacon Flavour

Oreo Flavour

Eggplant Flavour

Aloe Flavour

Curry Flavour

Licorice Flavour

Champagne Flavour

Chocolate Flavour

Cola Flavour

Bamboo Flavour

Pork Flavour

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Manual Toothbrushes vs. Power Toothbrushes

The electric toothbrush has become very popular in recent years — some even say it provides superior dental care But how does it actually compare to manual brushing?
Manual Toothbrushes: A Classic Route to Good Dental Care

Advantages include:
·        Cost and availability. PS Dental recommends this because it is easily accessible. Electric toothbrushes may simply be too expensive for many people, so it’s nice to know that you can do a great job brushing with a manual toothbrush.
·        Easy to travel with.  You’ll be less likely to let your good dental care habits lapse on vacation with a toothbrush that you can easily bring along, he adds.
·        Puts less pressure on teeth and gums.  “This helps you to avoid putting too much pressure on your teeth. With an electrical model you can’t feel that as well.” Placing too much pressure on your teeth can wear away at the tooth enamel, causing pain, sensitivity and an increased risk of tooth decay.
·        Good for kids. Even young children can use manual brushes safely and effectively once they’ve learned how.
Electric Toothbrushes: Recommended in Some Cases

Nevertheless there are some situations where an electric toothbrush has clear advantages.. For older people or people who have less manual dexterity, like those who have arthritis, the electric toothbrush may clean more effectively
How to Choose an Electric Toothbrush
Today, electric toothbrushes are outfitted with a variety of features. Though they make nice additions, pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard or timers that indicate when you’ve brushed long enough don’t directly affect how well the toothbrush actually cleans your teeth.
Although almost any toothbrush can do an effective job, research suggests there is one electronic toothbrush bristle configuration that seems to be better at removing plaque and preventing gum disease. Electric toothbrushes with bristles that rotate together in one direction, and then switch and rotate in the opposite direction — a process known as rotating-oscillating — appear to be more effective than manual brushes and other electric brushes that spin in only one direction. If you do opt for an electronic toothbrush, a model with rotating-oscillating bristles is probably your best bet.
How Often Should You Get a New Toothbrush?
Whether you choose a manual or an electric toothbrush, choose one with soft bristles and be sure to change the bristles on the electric brush when they become worn down. Brushes need to be replaced every three months or when the bristles are no longer straight and firm. In that condition, they will not clean the teeth as well as they should.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Popular tooth myths debunked!

Myth: Extreme Temperature Changes Can Crack Your Teeth

A healthy adult tooth was built to absorb varying temperature changes occurring in the mouth. Tiny hairline cracks on the surface of enamel are actually quite common, and you may even spot a few on your teeth in the right light. Known as craze lines[i] the minor cracks are so shallow that they rarely pose a threat to the tooth itself. 

Regular checkups with
PS Dental are always best to ensure minor imperfections aren't indicative of a larger concern. Should you have a crack, it's best to catch it early.

Myth: A Tooth Will Dissolve In Soda Overnight

Soda's supposed dissolving powers can be traced to the presence of three acids in its formula—phosphoric, citric, and carbonic acid, many of which can be found in other popular drinks. In fact, every morning many Americans begin their day with orange juice, a drink possessing more citric acid (and as much sugar) as soda. Coca-Cola's head chemist, Orville May, testified that the .055 percent level of phosphoric acid in Coke is nowhere near the 1.09 percent acid content found in an orange. 

As for tooth dissolving myth[ii], May also suggested that many ignored the effects of saliva in the mouth—or the simple fact that people don't hold soda in their mouth overnight. In any case, attempts to recreate this experiment have shown that the claim was exaggerated: Leaving your tooth in a glass of Coke isn't good for it, but it won't completely dissolve overnight, or even in a couple of days. PS Dental recommends that you avoid sugary drink in order to protect your teeth!

Myth: Knocked-Out Teeth Are Lost Forever

Many people lose their permanent teeth but it is possible to reimplant a knocked-out adult tooth. A severed root experiences damage to blood vessels and tissue, but the ligaments connecting the tooth to the bone can be re-formed. The key to a successful reimplantation is how the missing tooth is stored and for how long. 

Assuming you can find the tooth, avoid scraping off any dirt particles, as you risk damaging the root further. Instead, rinse it gently with a saline solution while carefully handling it by the crown. If possible, place the tooth back in its original socket, or store it in a small container with saline or milk. Milk—containing proteins, sugar, and antibacterial substances—provides the ideal environment for a lost tooth. As an added bonus, the sugars in milk help feed cells, which need to remain alive and growing in the short term. 

Don't have access to any of the above? Don't panic. Your cheek will work well for storage in the interim; just be careful not to swallow your precious cargo. 

Placing pressure on the gums will also help to reduce the bleeding and pain as you are en route to the dentist. Depending on the damage, a successful reimplanted tooth can heal significantly in three to four weeks, and become fully repaired within two months.
This procedure is an easy feat for the highly qualified doctors at PS Dental, and be sure to be satisfied with the end result!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Despite years of training on how to brush your teeth, you may still not be familiar with the correct way to brush your teeth. Contrary to belief, there are a number of tips and tricks that optimize the cleaning process when taking care of your oral hygiene! That’s why the process is broken down with input from only the best oral experts.

Prepare your cleaning tools
Moisten your toothbrush and apply a generous amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Keep a rinsing cup and mouthwash on standby.

Start from the back
Start the cleaning process from the back most molars and remember to keep the bristles at a 45 degree angle to the teeth, and it is important to go in circles for approximately 20 seconds.

Brush down
After the 20 seconds of circular motion, make a sweeping motion in order to remove any plaque or food remains that you may have missed.

Continue the circular motion
Continue working in a clockwise direction, ending with the lower molars on your left side. Repeat step two and three for the inside surface of the upper and lower molars. Also follow through to the front surfaces of your teeth.

Brush the back of the teeth
Using a flicking motion, clean the backside of each of the enamels, do this about 2-3 times in order to clean optimally.

Repeat the back brushing step for lower teeth
Like in the previous step, use a flicking motion and repeat the same for the lower teeth.

Brush the top surfaces of the molars
Known as the biting area, brush in a circular motion, well, so that residue food which may remain will be displaced cleanly.

Brush your tongue and inside of cheeks
Using gentle strokes brush your tongue and inside of your cheeks brush for approximately 20 seconds

Finish with a rinse
Using a capful of diluted mouthwash consisting of 50% water, and 50% mouthwash and rinse through your mouth well, and don’t forget to smile!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's in a smile? The psychology of that big grin!

What’s in a Smile?

What does your grin actually mean and how can you look after it?

Smiles may symbolize many things to people. But the most important thing is the feeling it leaves behind afterwards. A light and cheerful aftertaste of the smile makes most people feel lifted from a bad mood or just heightens their good mood. So what exactly is the psychology of this? Technically it is just the flexing of face muscles. Humans have the ability to flex so many other muscles in their body, so why is it that this one gives us a special effect? This excerpt is the basis of why PS Dental takes so much pride and care in creating beautiful smiles.
[i]In 1989, a psychologist named Robert Zajonc published one of the most significant studies on the emotional effect of producing a smile. He asked his subjects to make two different sounds with their mouths; a long ‘e’ sound which stretches the mouth into a smile and a ‘u’ sound which makes the mouth rather pouty. Subjects felt considerably better to make the ‘e’ sound than the ‘u’ sound which provided breakthrough results that smiling really does produce feelings of happiness and cheer which impacts a person wholly.
There are many explanations for why smiling makes one feel better and one of the main reasons is smiling is a good tool to sculpt self esteem. Everyone has complexes about various areas of themselves, but a smile gives them a confidence boost, and overshadows complexes. This is one of the reasons it is so important to look after your smile carefully, since it is a tool to overcome many obstacles in life.The actual scientific explanation of why smiling helps one feel better lies with the concept of hormones being released and different body temperatures. Many scientists claim that smiles release a special hormone that reacts in the body that make the brain feel happy. Another explanation roots from the varying body temperatures produced with flexing your muscles. A cooler brain results in a happier frame of mind, and essentially, smiling produces a slight drop in temperature.[ii]Many have presented a range of evidence to demonstrate how people who smile more are not only viewed more positively but also live happier, longer lives. A study of pre-1950 major league baseball players revealed that facial expressions on baseball cards correlated to life expectancy.  Players who did not smile lived around 72 years, while those who smiled lived on average 8 years longer. This may be because smiling boosts mental and physical health by reducing stress hormones and blood pressure and increasing endorphin. Studies also show that employees who smile frequently are more likable and even viewed as more competent at work.Smiles are the usually the first impression you give someone and making it count is very important.

It is easy to distill that oral hygiene plays a huge factor in one’s well being, and it is often taken for granted and not enough importance is given to how having a beautiful smile may impact you. Overall, oral hygiene is an essential component of one’s health. Often it is mistaken that a dentists visit is only required when oral hygiene levels are at rock bottom, or there is some grave injury to the pearl whites, but contrary to this belief it is important to make regular visits as frequent as twice a year, since this may aid quick diagnosis of oncoming imperfections, or help you maintain the uphill streak your teeth may be having. PS Dental offers various packages especially catering to light monthly cleanups to performing life changing procedures with state of the art equipment.
[iii]At a recent American Heart Association research meeting, researchers shared findings that professional dental care can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. The team tracked more than 100,000 people for an average of 7 years in Taiwan. They found that those who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack and 13 percent less likely to have a stroke.
So after viewing such a large number of benefits being derived from smiling is it important to make sure that the utmost care is given to your smile, and the correct dental care is the perfect way to ensure such stability.
Looking after your smile is an essential part of one’s well being. PS Dental knows that personalized care is the most important element to catering to unique smiles. Here at PS Dental, we understand how precious this gift is and we do well to protect the beauty and purity of the smile, which in turn impacts so largely on one’s well being, so in effect producing a way to give the customer well being on a psychological level rather than just superficial beauty. So the next time you drop into PS Dental Centre for a teeth cleaning, think of it as more of a soul cleaning, which leaves you feeling light and fresh!

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