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Toothbrush Trivia, from Dental Comfort Center

October 22nd, 2010

People have been brushing their teeth for thousands of years! In fact, the first “toothbrush” was created around 3000BC! Ancient civilizations used a thin twig with a frayed edge to rub against their teeth for cleaning.

The first toothbrush with bristles – similar to today’s toothbrushes – was invented in 1498 in China. Brushes were made out of bone or bamboo with bristles made from the hairs on the back of a hog’s neck.

It wasn’t until 1938 that the first nylon bristle toothbrush was introduced and people quickly became aware of practicing good oral hygiene.

Here are some other interesting facts about your toothbrush and toothpaste:

• Most people are said to use blue toothbrushes over any other color
• The first toothpaste was used in 500 BC in China and India
• On average, children smile about 400 times per day
• Your toothbrush should be replaced every two months
• The first known toothpaste was used in 1780, Crest was introduced in the US in 1955 and Colgate in 1873

Have a great weekend!

-Drs. Graber and Aadland

Dental Comfort Center, protecting you from cavities this Halloween

October 13th, 2010

As Halloween is only two weeks away, Drs. Graber and Aadland know that there will soon be many tricks and treats! While this festive holiday is full of costumes and fun community activities, it can also be a harmful time for the teeth of young trick-or-treaters in our Sioux Falls, South Dakota neighborhoods.

With all of the sugary, sticky, and chewy treats that are often shared with trick-or-treaters, it is important to follow these simple tips to prevent cavities this Halloween:

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily
• Gently brush your gums to keep them healthy (when choosing a toothbrush it is recommended to use soft bristles)
• Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food that may be caught between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach
• Limit the amount of soda and sugary treats you eat/drink
• Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and check-up

For more information on cavities and good oral hygiene habits, don’t hesitate to ask our doctors or staff at Dental Comfort Center during your next appointment.

October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

October 11th, 2010

At Dental Comfort Center, we just can't believe September is already over. It's fall; the leaves are turning color, the weather is crisp and cool today, and October is National Dental Hygiene Month, a time for Drs. Graber and Aadland (and our staff) to raise awareness of the benefits of a healthy beautiful smile.

This year's theme is “Healthy Habits are Easier than You Think,” which focuses on prevention. At Dental Comfort Center, we know everyone is busy; living a life on-the-go is difficult for most people, but our staff is here to tell you keeping a healthy mouth shouldn’t be.

Your teeth are an important part of your body, and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet, and visiting our convenient Sioux Falls, SD office on a regular basis, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout your entire life.

We encourage you to check out the ADHA's National Dental Hygiene Month website, which provides pointers on keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Lastly, is it time that you schedule an appointment with Drs. Graber and Aadland? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to schedule your next appointment.

Why do you choose Dental Comfort Center?

October 8th, 2010

From the time you walk in the door of Dental Comfort Center, our doctors and team strive to make your dental experience as comfortable and stress free as possible. Dr. Graber and Dr. Aadland and our knowledgeable staff provide customized treatment plans to suit each individual patients' unique needs. Today, we would like to hear about your experience at Dental Comfort Center.

Whether you’ve been visiting our practice for weeks, months, or years, we’d love to hear your feedback. You can write a review here on our Google Places page. Or, you can tell us by posting on our Facebook page or by giving us a call!

Thank you,

Dental Comfort Center

sioux falls dental office (605) 339-1369
4501 E 41st St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57110