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Can You Brush Your Teeth Too Much?

October 3, 2019

Filed under: Sage Blog — tntadmin @ 9:03 am

father and daughter brushing teethWe all know we need to brush our teeth twice a day. Anything less than that can harm our oral health, but what about the opposite end of the spectrum? Is it OK to brush more than twice a day?

It’s something we’re all familiar with—that gritty feeling in our teeth. It feels uncomfortable, and we know it must not smell very pleasant. But what if you already brushed your teeth that morning?

The good news is, you can’t brush too often! However, you can overbrush, which isn’t about how often you brush, but the techniques and tools you use.

Check Your Toothbrush’s Bristles

Next time you unwrap a new toothbrush, take a look at the bristles. The ends will look rounded, perfect for gently massaging your gums and teeth.

As you use your toothbrush, the ends will start to get jagged and worn. That’s how you know it’s time for a new brush. Your dentist will also give you one during your 6-month visit, but it’s quite possible that you’ll need a replacement brush sooner than that.

Not All Brushes Are the Same

toothbrushesWe know it’s hard, but try not to be intimidated by the enormous wall of toothbrushes at the store! The only thing that really matters is that you select a brush with soft bristles, not medium or hard. After you rule out the stiff bristles, just choose one in your favorite color!

It’s easy to believe that a firm bristled brush will do a better job, but soft bristles clean your teeth just fine, and they don’t damage your gum tissue or enamel.

Refine Your Technique

Things that can result in overbrushing are too stiff or damaged toothbrush bristles and improper technique. So how about that proper technique?

Most people could stand to back off on the amount of pressure they use during brushing. It might help to change the verbiage you use. Instead of “scrubbing” or “brushing,” try thinking of it as “massaging” your teeth and gums.

While it is a good idea to brush extra if you’ve eaten something particularly sugary, be sure to wait 60 minutes before you brush. This gives the PH balance in your mouth time to return to normal. After you eat, your mouth tends to be a little more acidic, which temporarily softens your enamel. Brushing your teeth while they’re in this state can cause damage.

In short, feel free to brush your teeth as often as you like, just don’t overdo it with pressure and be sure you’re using the right toothbrush.

Do I Need My Metal, Amalgam Fillings Replaced?

September 21, 2015

Filed under: Home Blog Listing,Sage Blog — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 5:39 pm

Dental amalgam is the metal that has been in used to repair cavities caused by tooth decay for over 150 years. It is a mixture of several metals, including mercury. Mercury is a heavy metal that has been determined to be toxic in some forms.

Replacement is unnecessary if in good condition

At Sage Dental Care, we do not fill teeth using amalgam. But we also do not recommend changing all the metal amalgam fillings in your mouth.  If the amalgam fillings are not cracked, broken, worn or unsightly they should be left in place. There have been many research studies examining amalgam. There has never been a legitimate scientific study linking amalgam fillings to diseases or mercury toxicity.  The material has been used for many years and is still used by some dentists. It is safe. We do not use amalgam for new fillings because it is an old approach. There are now more modern and esthetic resin composite filling materials that we use primarily because they look great, as they come in a color that closely resembles your natural teeth.


Lost a Tooth? You Have Options

April 29, 2015

Filed under: Home Blog Listing,Sage Blog — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 6:29 pm

Losing a tooth or teeth as an adult can be upsetting or embarrassing. But thanks to new technology, there are now a variety of ways to restore a great smile.

Here are the four options we offer our patients at Sage Dental Care. There are advantages and disadvantages to each so lets go through them:

1. Implant

If you have lost a tooth and have sufficient bone left after the extraction or injury, you can get an implant and have the tooth restored with a prosthetic tooth. An implant is a great option, it’s the next best thing to a natural tooth. It’s strong and stable, it maintains the health of the surrounding mouth structure, and it looks, fits and functions like a natural tooth. But you should be aware of a few potential issues.


Dr Batliner Featured in the the Denver Post

April 20, 2015

Filed under: Home Blog Listing,Sage Blog — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 11:00 pm

The huge construction cost overruns at the VA Hospital in Aurora has been a hot topic recently. It is currently slated to go more than $1 billion dollars over budget. Dr Batliner ran the VA hospitals in the Rocky Mountain states from 1995 to 2003. In this editorial, he explains how this could have been avoided and why he feels that veterans will receive far better care if no more stand alone VA hospitals are constructed.


Save Big With our Discount Dental Plan

October 24, 2014

Filed under: Home Blog Listing,Sage Blog — Tags: — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 8:53 pm

A lot of patients will put off dental treatment because of cost. According to a recent report from the U.S. Senate, 130 million Americans don’t have dental insurance.

Many health insurance plans do not provide dental insurance. Unfortunately the plans that do include dental coverage tend to be expensive. And the patient ends up sharing a lot of the costs, if they have anything more than basic check ups and cleanings. The maximum payouts for insurance run about $1,000 to $2,000 a year, according to SmartMoney.

Sadly, for Americans over 65, it is estimated that more than 50% of them have not been to the dentist in over a year because of cost. Fixed incomes don’t easily accommodate expensive procedures.


Five Reasons to Get a Back to School Dental Checkup

August 12, 2014

Filed under: Sage Blog — Tags: , , — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 9:08 pm

In getting ready for a new school year, most parents end up with a long back-to-school list.  While buying school supplies and clothes is something Mom or Dad can do on their own, if you want to get a back to school dental checkup, you will need to schedule it for your child before their schedules fill up with homework, sports and other after school activities.


1. Dental Problems is the Number One Reason Kids Miss School

Did you know that more than 51 million school hours are lost annually because of illnesses related to dental problems?  Childhood tooth decay, is the #1 chronic childhood illness? Pediatric dental disease is 7 times more common than hay fever and 5 times more common than asthma.

Data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported:

  • 41% of children aged 2 to 11 years had cavities  in their primary teeth
  • 42% of those aged 6 to 19 years had cavities in their permanent teeth.


Dr. Batliner to Keynote 2014 International Indigenous Oral 
Health Conference

June 25, 2014

One of my passions as a dentist is improving oral health to under served populations. Close to 50 million Americans live in dental health shortage areas– regions of the country that are designated as dental health professional shortage areas by the U.S Department of Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. The Pew Center estimates than 17 million poor children go without dental care each year.

However, the  problem is much worse for American Indians living on the reservations in this country. As  a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, this issue is very important to me. While most of the patients I see at Sage have quite easy access to regular dental care, the situation is totally different for indigenous populations.


Mouth Guards

June 3, 2014

Filed under: Sage Blog — Tags: , — Dr. Andrew Holecek @ 7:27 pm

Did you know that more than 5 million teeth are broken or knocked out every year from sports related injuries and up to 40 percent of all sports injuries involve the face. (Source: Study Dentistry UBC)  If you or your children participate in sports without a mouth guard, you are 60 times more likely to suffer damage to your mouth.

There is a good reason that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requires mouthguards for four sports (ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey and football). And the American Dental Association recommends the use of custom mouth guards in 29 sports/exercise activities.


Cosmetic Dentistry 101: Veneers, Implants, Crowns, etc.

April 17, 2014

Filed under: Sage Blog — Tags: , , , , , — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 2:39 pm

In the last 15 years there have been many advances in cosmetic dentistry. Now dentists have a number of good techniques and procedures that can improve the look of your smile.  Just about anyone can have a beautiful and natural looking smile utilizing materials that are longer lasting and stronger than ever.


One of the most interesting has been the advent of veneers. Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain or other composite material that are bonded to the front of the teeth. They are less expensive than crowns and are one of the more conservative approaches in that they offer the opportunity to change the shape and color of teeth with minimal removal of tooth structure. Patients who have gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are worn from grinding or chipped may consider veneers. Click here to learn more about veneers.


To Boulder’s Healthy Eaters: Some “Health Foods” Can Be Bad For Teeth

March 5, 2014

Filed under: Sage Blog — Tags: , , — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 9:18 pm

As a resident of Boulder, I can tell you that it seems that everyone (well almost) is health conscious. They run, they ride bikes, ski, rock climb and, most of all, they eat right- vegan, vegetarian, gluten or dairy free. Everyone is into health foods.

Last year, the social media site Foursquare rated Boulder Colorado the #1 Healthiest Eating City in America. (Based on the largest number of “check-ins” by Boulderites to healthy spots like juice bars, salad shops, yoga studios, etc.) And the Magazine  Bon Appétit rated Boulder America’s Foodiest Town and the criteria included quality farmers’ markets, concerned farmers, and a community of food lovers.


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