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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:02

What is the best technique to brush your teeth?




Confusion over the best way to Brush your teeth

It can be terribly frustrating when the dentist tells you that you aren't brushing your teeth correctly, and it appears there are some mixed messages coming from the profession about the elusive 'perfect technique'.
A recent study by the UCL entitled"An analysis of methods of tooth brushing recommended by dental associations, toothpaste and toothbrush companies and in dental texts" has highlighted that six main methods have become prevalent, but we are no nearer to a correct answer.

If you, like the majority of US & Canada, simply shunt your toothbrush from side-to-side in frantic horizontal motions, you're using the aptly named 'Horizontal Scrub Technique'. This might give the sensation and appearance of cleanliness, but it can cause abrasion to your tooth enamel and gums, and it doesn't get into the gum line very well.Interestingly though, 5 experts in the study actually recommended this technique.




Many of you will have left the dentist with advice to use the 'Bass Cleaning Technique'.This is where you angle your brush down towards the gum line and make gentle brushing motions on each individual tooth.If you've ever suffered from gingivitis, you may have been advised to incorporate this method into your routine.The Modified Bass Technique (which incorporates other methods) was the most recommended method of brushing in the study with 19 devotees; 11 recommended the Bass Technique itself.



The 'Stillman Brushing Technique' resembles the Bass Method but with more focus on the cervical part of your tooth (where the gum meets the tooth).



The Charters Brushing Technique cleans those difficult vertical areas between teeth.Methods like Charters are often used to clean dentures, although the toothpaste and brush usually differ for prosthodontics. Polident cleaner is a well-known brand and has been specially developed for denture wearers and cleans teeth by removing tough stains and reducing odours.



The Fones Brushing Technique is popular amongst kids as it involves those broad circular motions of the toothbrush which dentists tend to impress upon young children.10 experts in the UCL study recommended the Fones Technique.It should be noted that kids will often tend to also use the 'Roll Stroke' which involves holding the brush high on the gum line and sweeping downwards towards the tooth.

There is no right answer in this study, and perhaps it's often best for dentists to be reactive rather than proactive to a patient's needs.Leading Dentist, Nigel Carter said:
"Dentists generally feel it is better to take a person's existing habits and modify them if necessary."

Dentists and specialists from the tooth care industry varied greatly in their recommendations, so perhaps you should leave it to your dentist to tell you which areas you're missing and amend your habits accordingly.

Methods in more detail:
Junior Dentists: Types of tooth brushing techniques
Canadian Denture Association: Dental Care


Although cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, its incidence in the United States has seen a dramatic decline over the past 70 years since Pap smears have been used regularly for cervical cancer detection. This is an example of how a screening test, when properly implemented, can lead to dramatic results.

99% of all cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus.

Armed with this information, it has been recommended that all women over age 30 be screened with not only a Pap smear, but a high-risk HPV screening test.

WomenWhat is HPV? Who is at risk? Who should be tested? What is the difference between high-risk and low-risk HPV? What is Gardasil? Who should receive this vaccine?

HPV is the abbreviation for Human Papilloma Virus. This is a virus that is spread by sexual contact. You can prevent the spread by abstaining from intercourse or by using condoms consistently. Limiting the number of sexual partners can also reduce your risk of HPV and cervical cancer.

Research has shown that using the HPV screening test can detect high-risk changes in the cervix earlier than pap testing alone. Earlier detection lessons the need for invasive procedures to treat pre-cancer and cancer of the cervix.

There are many types of HPV. They can be classified as low-risk or high-risk. The two most common low-risk types are 6 and 11, responsible for most cases of genital warts.
Although most HPV infections do not cause cancer, the two most common high-risk varieties responsible for 70% of all cervical cancers are types 16 and 18. It is these four HPV types (6,11, 16,18) that make up the Gardasil vaccine.

This vaccine is recommended for boys as well as girls starting at age 9-26. In most cases, it is covered by insurance in this same age group. The goal of any vaccine is to confer immunity to the condition for which it is given before the person is infected with the virus.
Determining when to administer the vaccine is a decision best left to the patient, her parent (if a minor) and the health-care provider.

While HPV testing is not a replacement for the Pap smear, a negative or non-detected HPV can provide reassurance of one's low risk for cervical cancer, allowing the Pap smear to be performed less frequently.
The high-risk HPV should be done in women under thirty – only if the Pap smear test is abnormal or if the results are unclear. After age 30, it is recommended as part of routine screening. It is not felt to be a cost-effective practice for women under age 30 because the risk of cervical cancer and precancerous changes are low, as well as the fact that many women under this age, have transient HPV, which even if left alone, will usually not be present on a subsequent cervical cancer screen.

So, to answer the question: V or not to V? .......

Have a discussion with your doctor regarding your risk profile, to review your Pap smear frequency and to see if you would benefit from the Gardasil vaccine.


Innovative Women's HealthCare Solutions offers low-cost screenings:
From September 1 - December 31, 2014:
Free Fibroid Check for the first 100 women who "like" us on Facebook.
After the first 100 women, the Fibroid Check is only $50.
Cervical Cancer Screen and Fibroid Check - $50 (up to age 29)
$100 (age 30 and over - includes High-Risk HPV Testing)
Free Breast Exam during October only, Breast Cancer Awareness Month




Melinda Miller-Thrasher, MD, FACOG
Innovative Women's HealthCare Solutions (IWHCS)
Buckhead, Midtown, and Smyrna/Vinings | (678) 424-1123

Melinda Miller Thrasher is a native of NYC and attended Cornell University, Mt. Sinai and NYU for her residency training. Her expertise includes fibroids and minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat fibroids. She is on staff at Emory University Hospital and Piedmont Hospital. Dr. Miller-Thrasher has been selected as one of Atlanta's Top Doctors each year since 2009 as listed in Atlanta Magazine, One of the Gynecologists You Love (Essence Magazine) and she is a Patients' Choice Award recipient. She is also a member of the WebMD medical review board. Her new book, "The Innovative Women's Guide to Fibroids," will be available late summer 2014.



Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:10

Plastic Surgery For the Modern Man

Do you see plastic surgery becoming a trend amongst your male patients?
It is pleasantly surprising how each year, a larger number of men come for a consultation with us. As plastic surgery has become more acceptable in everyday life, whether through TV shows or increased awareness of the variety of procedures we perform, men are increasingly becoming an important component of our practice.

man-measure-weightHow does a cosmetic procedure for a man differ from a woman?
The goals for what is "aesthetically pleasing" for a man are different than those for a woman. As such, when we design an approach for a man we must take into consideration his goals, which are obviously different - from incision placement to the amount of tissue removed and recontoured.

What are some of the most common cosmetic procedures your male patients request?
We see a significant amount of male patients come in to ask about body contouring (liposuction, coolsculpting) as well as peri-orbital rejuvenation (eyelid lifting). Less common but still frequent procedures include face and neck lifts and male breast reduction. In addition, men are now requesting botox and filler treatments.

man-injectionIs the recovery time following cosmetic surgery different for a man?
Recovery from surgery is similar between men and women, pending medical problems and medication usage. As a general rule, recovery is fairly rapid, depending on the intervention.

What should a man look for when seeking out a cosmetic surgeon?
As with all cosmetic surgery, make sure you are seeking a board-certified plastic surgeon. Once you have a name of a certified plastics doctor, make sure that you feel comfortable with them in consultation, that they address all of your concerns and that they are confident in their ability to provide you with a result that you want. If any of the above isn't met, seek another opinion.



Asaf Yalif MD, FACS
(404) 822-4402
Available for Consultations

Roswell: 2500 Hospital Blvd., Suite 410,Roswell, GA 30076
Woodstock: 145 Towne Lake Pkwy, Suite 101, Woodstock, GA 30188

Dr. Asaf Yalif is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and body. Utilizing the most recent developments, both surgical and nonsurgical, he will help you create a unique plan to achieve your goals.