How to Pick the Right Toothbrush

How to pick the right toothbrush

With so many choices, how do you pick the right toothbrush?

You already know the importance of brushing and flossing daily. You may wonder if you’re using the right toothbrush though.

When you go to the store, it seems like there is an endless supply of choices. How do you know what is the best toothbrush for you?

Even with all the choices available to you, the truth is that any toothbrush that seems comfortable to you and that you use regularly is good for you. Brushing correctly at least twice a day is what matters most.

That said, the American Dental Association has recommendations for you in choosing a toothbrush:

  • Your toothbrush should have soft bristles. Hard bristles may cause gum tissue to pull back from teeth, which exposes the tooth root and leads to increased sensitivity temperature and certain foods.
  • Small-headed toothbrushes are usually better because they can reach all areas of the mouth. Select a toothbrush head size that can easily fit into the mouth and can brush one to two teeth at a time (the general size is 1″ long and ½” wide).
  • Powered toothbrushes don’t clean teeth any better than a standard toothbrush does. The habit of brushing is most important so if an electric toothbrush gets you to brush frequently, that it’s money well spent.
  • An electric toothbrush can be a good choice for anyone who needs assistance brushing teeth, including people with arthritis, conditions that limit mobility,  people with braces or people with misaligned or uneven teeth surfaces that make a thorough cleaning more challenging.
  • Replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head for a powered toothbrush) as soon as the bristles begin to look worn or frayed. The standard recommendation is every three months,
  • If you’re still undecided about which toothbrush to use, contact your dentist.

Brushing Teeth

Other Toothbrush Tips:

  • Rinse your toothbrush with tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris.
  • Store the brush in an upright position if possible and allow it to air dry until using it again.
  • Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers. A moist environment, such as a closed container, is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms than open air is.


How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

Common Toothbrushing Mistakes:

  • Keeping your toothbrush for too long – The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
  • Not brushing for long enough – Your teeth should be brushed for a full two minutes, twice per day.
  • Brushing too hard – Too much pressure may damage your gums.
  • Brushing teeth right after eating –  Wait at least 60 minutes before brushing, especially if you have had something acidic like lemons, grapefruit or soda.
  • Improper storage -Keep your toothbrush upright and let it air dry. Avoid keeping your toothbrush in a container where germs have a better opportunity to grow.
  • Using a brush with hard bristles – A soft bristled brush is gentler on your teeth and gums.


Ready for your dental appointment in the Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your examination. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience helping patients to keep their smiles healthy. He will be able to identify possible issues and recommend further treatments if needed.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Dentist in Plano, Texas who has helped thousands of patients with a wide variety of dental health issues from general to cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear bracesTMJ treatmentdental implants and full mouth restorations.

12 Reasons to Visit the Dentist Right Away

12 reasons to visit the dentist right away

In this post, we review a list of 12 reasons to visit your dentist right away instead of waiting for your next annual appointment.

We hope that you are keeping up the habit of visiting your dentist at least once a year for an annual check-up.

There are so many dental problems that can be prevented by finding them early, especially serious issues like gum disease and oral cancer that can be treated if discovered as soon as possible.

In case you find your self wondering if it is necessary to see a dentist now or wait till your annual exam, here is a list of signs that we think should cause you to visit the dentist right away.


Reasons to visit a dentist right away

  • Pain or swelling
  • Gums are puffy or bleeding
  • You’re hiding your smile
  • You’ve recently had work done
  • Ongoing medical issues
  • You are pregnant
  • Trouble eating
  • Dry mouth
  • Tobacco use
  • Jaw pain
  • Spots or sores
  • Annual check-up time


TMJ Headache Treatment PlanoPain or swelling

If you are suffering from pain or swelling, there is no reason to put off that visit that may be scheduled for a month or longer away. Make that visit right away. Toothaches, swelling, and pain are all symptoms of issues that you should have treated right away. The sooner the better. You can end that pain and also improve your long-term health.

Related: Causes of toothaches


Gums are puffy or bleeding

If your gums are puffy or bleeding when you brush, it’s time to visit the dentist. These are signs of gum disease and the sooner you can have it treated the sooner you can stop the damage. It can’t always be reversed but you can keep it from causing more serious damage.

Related: What are the types of gum disease


You’re hiding your smile

If you are hiding your smile, that’s a sure sign that it’s time to get some work done to address the issue. Don’t hide your smile, get it fixed and start feeling great again.


Tooth ExtractionYou’ve recently had work done

If you have recently had fillings, crowns, dental implants or dentures, you need to follow up with your dentist as recommended for a follow up so they can make sure everything has worked out the way it should.


Ongoing medical issues

Your dental health can tie in with your overall health and each may influence each other. If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or an eating disorder, or undergoing medical treatments, you should make sure your dentist is a partner in your treatment and health. Symptoms of other health issues can show in your mouth or your gums could point to other potential health issues.


You are pregnant

If you weren’t sure, it IS safe to go to the dentist while pregnant. It is recommended you do so because pregnancy can make some dental issues worse. Make sure you schedule an appointment so that you will have one less thing to worry about.


Trouble eating

If you are having trouble eating or drinking, do yourself a favor and schedule an appointment with your dentist. Stop living with discomfort and don’t take a chance that you’ll make your issues worse by waiting.


Dry mouth

Sometimes dry mouth can be a symptom of another medical issue. It can also be a side effect of medications you are taking. Check with your dentist and get to the cause of this so you can find a solution.

Related: What causes dry mouth?


Tobacco use

Cigarettes and chewing tobacco can affect your dental and physical health. If you are a regular tobacco user, you should have an oral cancer screening in Plano to check for any early signs or oral cancer so it can be addressed as soon as possible.


Jaw pain

It is time to visit the dentist if you are having jaw pain or popping when you are opening and closing your mouth, waking up in the morning or chewing. These could be symptoms of TMJ and your dentist can help you find a TMJ treatment in Plano that can work for you and ease your TMJ pain. Another reason to schedule an appointment could be an uneven bite.

Related: TMJ headache treatment


Spots or sores

If you notice a spot or a sore in your mouth that isn’t normally there and it lasts for a week or longer, you should see your dentist about it. Different types of mouth sores include canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia, and candidiasis. These can all vary in their seriousness and have different causes. Mouth sores can be the symptom of a disease or disorder. They can also be an infection from bacteria, a virus or fungus or result from irritation caused by braces, dentures or the sharp edge of a broken tooth or filling.


Annual check-up time

Have you had your annual dental check-up in Plano, TX? We sure hope so! It’s simple to schedule and will help keep your mouth healthy and contributes to your overall physical health.


Plano Dentist David WilhiteDavid Wilhite is a Plano, Texas Dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry with over 30 years experience in general and pediatric dentistry.

Let us help you create a beautiful smile!

Contact us online or call (972) 964-3774

FDA Warning – Teething Jewelry Not Safe

Teething Jewelry Safety Warning FDA

The FDA has issued a warning against using teething jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry marketed as relieving infant teething pain.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued a warning on December 20, 2018, against the use of “teething jewelry” that is marketed to parents as relieving an infant’s teething pain.

The new FDA warning was issued to alert parents about the risks of teething jewelry after an 18-month old toddler died after strangling on his amber teething necklace during a nap.

The FDA said it had also received a report about a 7-month-old baby who choked on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet and was taken to the hospital.

“We know that teething necklaces and jewelry products have become increasingly popular among parents and caregivers who want to provide relief for children’s teething pain and sensory stimulation for children with special needs. We’re concerned about the risks we’ve observed with these products and want parents to be aware that teething jewelry puts children, including those with special needs, at risk of serious injury and death,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.


Dangerous Teething Jewelry

amber teething necklace safetyThis FDA warning includes teething jewelry such as teething necklaces, teething bracelets, and other teething jewelry that is worn by either an adult or child.

It includes items marketed as teething jewelry for dads and teething necklaces for moms.

The warning covers teething jewelry beads made from various materials including amber, wood, marble, or silicone.

These teething jewelry products are not the same as traditional teething rings or teethers. These are still considered safe. Traditional teething rings are made of hard plastic or rubber and are not designed to be worn by adults or children.


Is Teething Jewelry Safe?

According to the FDA, teething jewelry, including necklaces and bracelets, are not safe and may cause serious injuries to infants and children. The risks of using teething jewelry include choking, strangulation, injury to the mouth, and infection.

The FDA also advises against using teething creams, benzocaine gels, sprays, ointments, and lozenges for mouth and gum pain. These anesthetics can cause a life-threatening condition in small children called methemoglobinemia, in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood is reduced.


Are Teething Rings Still Safe?

rubber teething ring fda approvedTraditional teething rings or teethers not meant to be worn as jewelry are still considered safe.

This FDA warning is about newer teething jewelry products that are intended to be worn by infants or adults and may be made with amber, wood, silicone or other materials.

Teething rings made from firm rubber are still recommended to help soothe teething pain.


Teething Recommendations

Talk to your doctor about alternative ways you can reduce teething pain such as:

  • Gently rubbing or massaging the gums with a clean finger
  • Giving the teething child a teething ring made of firm rubber
  • Make sure the teething ring is not frozen. If the object is too hard, it can hurt the child’s gums.
  • Parents and caregivers should supervise the child during use.
  • Read these recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics


We hope that you will be aware of the risks of using teething jewelry and warn others about this new warning issued by the FDA. There are teething rings that are safe for infants. Please do not use these newly popular teething necklaces and amber teething beads.

Plano Dentist David Wilhite David Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in children’s pediatric dentistry with over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with children’s dental carethumb sucking and pacifier usedental fears in children and baby dental care.

Keep your child smiling now and in the future!

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FDA: Don’t use teething jewelry to relieve pain – American Dental Association
FDA warns about teething jewelry after 18-month-old dies – CBS News
FDA Warns Against Use of Teething Necklaces, Bracelets, and Other Jewelry Marketed for Relieving Teething Pain or Providing Sensory Stimulation: FDA Safety Communication – Food & Drug Administration 
Baby Teething Pain – American Pediatric Association


How Long Is the Recovery Time for Dental Implants?

In this post, we discuss the recovery time for dental implant surgery, factors that can affect the recovery, and what you can expect. 

What is the dental implants recovery time?For many patients, dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth that have been lost from tooth decay, gum disease, or other issues. They are the ideal situation for the right candidates while others may be better suited for crowns, dentures or bridgework may be appropriate.

Want to learn more about dental implants in Plano, TX? Schedule your consultation: (972) 964-3774

Missing teeth replaced with dental implants will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. With proper care can last a lifetime.

You may have heard that dental implant procedures are a process which will take more than a single visit. There will also be some recovery time from dental implants.

In this post, we discuss how long it takes to recover from the dental implant procedure.


Dental Implant Recovery Process

Recovery can vary between patients depending on the scope of the procedure and many factors such as the health of your teeth, gums, whether a bone graft is necessary and what type of implants are required. 

Dental implant ToothMost patients return to work or normal routines the following day after the dental implant procedure.

For the majority of patients, over the counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen are all that is needed to manage any pain.

Related: Are dental implants painful?

It is important to know, however, that the entire healing process can take several months, sometimes as long as six months or more for full healing.


Dental Implant Procedure and Recovery

The dental implant surgery will extract your old tooth (if necessary), then replace it with a titanium post placed directly into your jawbone. When the post is secure and settled, a crown or overdenture will be placed on top of it.

Dental Implants Plano, TXYou’ll have a temporary crown in place while the healing process takes place.

When the implant post has been installed, the recovery can begin. Your body will need to generate enough new bone to fully support the implant – called osseointegration.

You will need to follow your dentist’s instructions at this time as far as eating and care for your teeth. This will be especially important in the first week after the implant procedure to ensure normal healing.

You will have scheduled follow up appointments after your surgery to check on the recovery and to decide when to have the permanent crown installed.

The full recovery time from surgery will take anywhere from 3-6 months depending on your situation and healing.

Related: Benefits of Dental Implants over Dentures



Tooth ExtractionThe implant surgery, recovery and follow up appointments and procedures are a process that will take several months to complete, from as few as three to as many as ten. On average this process can be expected to take six months.

Dr. Wilhite and his staff would be happy to go into greater detail with you to answer your questions.

Please contact us to schedule your dental implant consultation in our Plano, Texas office.

Contact our office online or Call (972) 964-3774

See Dental Implant before and after photos.


Want to learn if dental implants are the best option for you?

Contact usPlano Dentist David Wilhite today to set up your consultation. Dr. Wilhite is a Plano TX Dentist with over 30 years experience transforming patients smiles for the better. He will discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

You can also discuss affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

Cosmetic Dentistry Before and After

Tooth ExtractionCosmetic dentistry procedures to enhance your teeth will provide you with not just a better smile, but also great health, improved self-esteem, and confidence as well. 

For Cosmetic Dentistry in Plano, Texas, CALL (972) 964-3774

A great smile gives you confidence when you enter a room or meet new people for the first time.

Today’s modern dentistry gives you many options to meet your needs, from tooth whitening to replacing missing teeth and full mouth restoration.

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile, you’re probably wondering what it can do for you.

What can it fix? What will your smile look like? Will there really be a noticeable improvement?

It’s not difficult for us to give you an answer. We can SHOW you what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile.

View these cosmetic dentistry photos below to see REAL RESULTS from REAL PATIENTS.


Cosmetic Dentistry Before and After Photos

From a single procedure to multiple procedures, we can find the right cosmetic dentistry procedure that will help restore your smile or make it better than it has ever been before.


Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that are an alternative to traditional braces and orthodontics. They can straighten your teeth while providing many advantages including the convenience to remove them as needed and allowing you to still eat all the same kinds of food.



If necessary, you can combine several cosmetic dentistry procedures to get the smile you desire. We can use crowns, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening to give you a beautiful smile. You can also benefit from TMJ Treatments to ease headaches caused by TMJ.



Full mouth restoration is used when all or most of your teeth need to be restored. Their shape, color, and alignment may all need to be restored. It also helps protect your teeth from future damages and sensitivity. All types of cosmetic procedures can be combined to rebuild your smile.



Porcelain veneers can help you repair chipped, cracked, damaged teeth. The can also help with misaligned and slightly crooked teeth.


The before/after photos above are just a small sample of the patients we have helped.



Want to learn how cosmetic dentistry can benefit you?

Contact usPlano Dentist David Wilhite today to set up your consultation. Dr. Wilhite is a Plano TX Dentist with over 30 years of experience transforming patients smiles for the better. He will discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

You can also discuss affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774