Types Of Toothbrushes

Which one should you choose?


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Toothbrush – A small brush with a long handle, used for cleaning the teeth.

A simple and straight forward definition for an oral hygiene tool that comes in so many different shapes and sizes. With so many types of toothbrushes available, how do you know which kind of toothbrush is right for you? The most important thing when choosing a toothbrush is that it is soft, fits comfortably in your mouth and is easy to hold and manipulate to effectively clean your teeth.


Different types of toothbrushes:

  • Soft – highly recommended for everyone including children
  • Nimbus (extra soft) – recommended for people with receding gums or enamel abrasions.
  • Medium/Hard – not recommended
  • Regular or Compact size – recommendations depend of the size of your mouth
  • Sonicare – recommended for everyone.


Dr. Leslie B. Anthony recommends using a soft bristled brush to effectively remove plaque and debris from your teeth. Soft bristled toothbrushes are the most commonly used toothbrush and are very easy to find.


An extra soft micro fine toothbrush that was created by a periodontist that has two levels of extra fine tapered bristles that clean difficult to reach areas. This brush is great for people with sensitive teeth.

Medium to hard

These very stiff bristled toothbrushes are not recommended because stiff bristles can irritate and damage gums, erode enamel and even cause your root surfaces to become exposed if gums have receded.

Regular or Compact size

If you have a smaller mouth or trouble reaching hard to clean areas the compact size is recommended and will allow you to clean your teeth more completely.


An electric toothbrush that provides a deep cleaning action that effectively cleans the teeth and stimulates the gums while still being extremely gentle, even on sensitive teeth. It vibrates 31,000 strokes per minute and creates pressure waves in the bristles that results in the production of bubbles that help to dislodge plaque. This toothbrush may be a good option for someone that has dexterity or range of motion issues with their hands as it does some of the work for you. This toothbrush also has a built in two-minute timer.

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Leslie B. Anthony D.M.D. recommends that you brush your teeth a minimum of two minutes. Pay close attention to making sure all surface areas get cleaned with proper brushing techniques. Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle using short back and forth strokes against the teeth and gums going around the entire surface of every tooth, top and bottom, front and back while applying light to moderate pressure. Pressing too hard with your toothbrush can be detrimental to your teeth and gums. This can cause abrasions to the enamel and gum tissue which can lead to tooth sensitivity. In addition, don’t forget to floss – it’s just as important as brushing.


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We recommended that you change your toothbrush out every 3-4 months. Repeated use creates normal wear and tear on the bristles making them breakdown and become less effective at removing plaque from your teeth and gums.Along with brushing and flossing daily it is important to schedule a professional cleaning every six months with one of our friendly hygienists at the office of Leslie B. Anthony D.M.D.


If you have any questions about choosing the right toothbrush or to schedule an appointment today

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Digital Dental Photography

Utilizing digital photography in the dental office is a tool that Dr. Leslie Anthony uses with each patient. Some benefits of using digital photography are

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Enhanced patient communication and education
  • Shade determination and communication with the dental lab
  • Before and after documentation

For our patient records we take 6 photos from different views of the teeth.  These photos help to show the patient what our dental staff is seeing.  We view these very detailed images with our patients on a computer screen in the dental operatory. These photos give us a baseline so we can monitor changes over time.

Dr Anthony uses a macro lens to see very detailed images
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The use of digital photography provides valuable information for Leslie Anthony D.M.D. and her patients.  Dr. Leslie Anthony is dedicated to patient-focused care and is committed to using cutting edge technology and state-of-the art equipment to ensure the best possible treatment for her patients.

To schedule an appointment with Dr.Anthony call our office today at 752-8161








Dental Sealants

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What are dental sealants?

Having and maintaining a healthy mouth and beautiful smile is not a matter of good luck, it’s a matter of consistent healthy oral habits practiced daily. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing Dr. Leslie Anthony every six months for preventative checkups are good habits to have to keep your mouth happy and healthy. As Benjamin Franklin so wisely said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That being said, sometimes even the best preventive efforts are not enough and more action is required. Luckily, our trusted dental professionals at the office of Leslie Anthony, D.M.D. have some solutions for you.

Brushing and flossing helps prevent cavities and decay by removing food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of the teeth, but sometimes we miss the areas that our tooth brush and floss just can’t reach. Our back teeth, known as molars, are used for grinding and chewing food. Molars have uneven surfaces with lots of grooves and crevices where food particles and bacteria like to hide out. Food debris and bacteria missed by brushing and left in the rough and uneven surfaces of the teeth can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

How can we prevent bacteria and food particles from getting stuck in our hard to clean places?

 Dental Sealants are a type of dental treatment that Dr. Leslie Anthony uses with the intention to prevent tooth decay. A dental sealant is a plastic coating that Dr. Leslie Anthony applies to fill in the deep grooves on the molars. This creates a smooth surface that is easy to clean and decreases your risk of tooth decay to those areas. This treatment is noninvasive and does not require any local anesthetic.

Dental sealants are an effective treatment used to prevent decay and are most commonly used to treat children but some adults find them beneficial as well. Regardless of your age, everyone is at risk for tooth decay. For children, a good time to apply sealants is after your child’s permanent teeth have come in, usually around the age of 13.

The process of how dental sealants are applied:

  • The surface of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and dried
  • Liquid sealant Is applied to the tooth
  • Curing Light is applied to harden the sealant

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The durability of dental sealants varies from patient to patient. They can last anywhere from one to ten years with proper care. Since the dental sealant looks and feels like your natural tooth and gradually wears down over time, it is important to have Dr. Leslie Anthony inspect your dental sealants every six months at your regular checkups.

If you think that you or your child might be a good candidate for dental sealants, the next step is to have a consultation with Leslie B. Anthony D.M.D.

Call today to schedule your appointment at 752-8161


Digital Dental X-Rays



What are digital dental X-rays?

Dental X-rays create an image that looks beyond the surface of the teeth and gums. In traditional radiography, an X-ray machine produces a form of radiation in the shape of a beam that is directed to a specific area of the mouth. The beam passes through the body recording an image or your teeth on photographic film that is placed in your mouth. The film then needs to be processed before it is able to be viewed.

Dental technology has improved and allows patients to receive safer and more convenient treatments. Part of that advanced technology is the use of digital X-rays. Digital X-rays allow Dr. Leslie Anthony to simply insert a sensor into your mouth and align the digital X-ray machine with that sensor to capture images of your teeth. The digital sensor has taken the place of traditional photographic film and is connected to a computer. Once the X-ray is taken, the image is immediately displayed onto the screen for Dr. Anthony to view.


Digital X-Ray Sensor


X-rays allow Dr. Leslie Anthony the ability to:

  • See between and inside your teeth
  • View the roots of your teeth and soft tissues
  • See the bone underneath your gums and any bone loss that may occur
  • Find cavities, fractures, and infections


How often are X-rays taken?

Dental X-rays are an essential part of your regular scheduled exams and are a valuable diagnostic tool. Everyone’s mouth is unique and has different oral health so Dr. Anthony will recommend an X-ray schedule depending on your individual needs. All new patients receive a comprehensive set of digital X-rays at their first visit.


Types of X-rays

  • Bite wing – Offers a visual of the upper and lower back teeth to determine if decay is present.
  • Periapical – Provides a view of the entire tooth, from exposed crown to the end of the root and the bones that support the tooth.
  • Full Mouth Series – A series of 18 different views, including an x-ray of every tooth in your mouth. Leslie Anthony and her team of hygienists take this series once every 5 years.
  • Panoramic – Offers a view of the teeth, jaw, sinuses, and nasal area



Safety and benefits of digital X-rays

  • Less Radiation – Digital X-rays use up to 80% less radiation than film X-rays, making them safer for patients and staff.
  • Higher quality images – Once the images are taken and appear on the screen, digital X-rays can be enlarged or magnified to better view any areas of concern. They can also be compared side by side to previous X-rays to compare any changes.
  • Immediate image preview and availability meaning shorter appointment times for patients.

Digital dental X-rays are an integral part of regular dental checkups here at the office of Leslie B. Anthony D.M.D. Now that you know more about digital dental X-rays, it’s time to take the next step. To schedule your new patient appointment or your regular checkup, contact us today to set up an appointment. Dr. Leslie Anthony and her team are here to help you feel your best.



Do you have Questions about digital X-rays or need to schedule an appointment?

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Diabetes and your dental health

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired and the body cannot properly control the amount of sugar in the blood.

If you or someone you love lives with diabetes, you know that diabetes can wreak havoc on the entire body. Diabetes can cause damage to the kidneys, eyes, nerves, the heart, as well as other parts of the body.

Did you know that diabetes can also negatively affect your oral health and that people with diabetes face a higher risk of oral health problems?

Individuals diagnosed with diabetes are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that can also affect the ligaments and bone that support your teeth. The main cause of periodontal disease is a buildup of plaque that forms on your teeth. This plaque is a sticky film full of bacteria and if not properly removed can irritate the gums and eventually lead to infection. Periodontal disease like any infection in the body can also make it harder to control your blood sugar levels.

Diabetes can affect your oral health by causing:

• Periodontal disease – Infection in the gums, ligaments, and bone surrounding your teeth
Dry mouth – reduction in saliva production
• Cavities– Saliva protects your teeth and dry mouth can contribute to more tooth- decaying bacteria and plaque buildup
• Slow healing– poor healing after dental procedures or surgeries
• Thrush– a fungal infection that can cause an infection from excess sugar in your salvia

How can Dr. Leslie Anthony help you fight diabetes?

Scheduling and keeping regular dental visits with Leslie B. Anthony D.M.D is important.
Practicing healthy mouth habits and having professional deep cleanings
may greatly reduce the potential for infections from periodontal disease.
It is important to take good care of your teeth and gums and even more crucial if you have diabetes.

Suggested healthy mouth habits:

• Brush your teeth at least twice a day
• Floss daily
• Get a professional dental cleaning and checkup every 6 month
• Drink water to stay hydrated and keep mouth from drying out
• Keeping your blood sugar in good control will help


Make a commitment to manage your diabetes.

Work closely with your team of health care providers and keep your blood sugar within the target range. The better you are able to control your blood sugar level, the less likely you are to develop periodontal disease or other oral health complications.

It is important that Dr. Leslie Anthony be kept up-to-date on your diabetic condition and treatment and that your physician be kept up-to-date on your oral condition and treatment, so that they can work together to help you control your diabetes and prevent or control periodontal disease. Keep Dr. Leslie Anthony and our caring team of hygienists informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you are taking.

Leslie Anthony D.M.D is here to help. Let Dr. Leslie Anthony be a partner in your health care team to help you manage your diabetes.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Anthony or one of our caring hygienists call 751-8161




Sjögren’s syndrome


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Sjögren’s (show-grins) syndrome is a systemic autoimmune disease.  It is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, affecting as many as 4 million Americans. It is characterized by inflammation and dysfunction of the glands that produce saliva and tears. Although it can occur in all age groups and genders, nine out of ten Sjögren’s patients are women. The most common symptoms are extremely dry mouth and dry eyes.


Common symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dry eyes
  • Increased dental decay
  • Arthritis
  • Dry skin
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Digestive issues
  • Dry, gritty, or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Difficulty talking, chewing, or swallowing
  • Changes in the sense of taste or smell



How can your dentist help you with Sjögren’s?

 Sjögren’s affects saliva production by decreasing the amount of saliva produced by your salivary glands. This can cause severe dry mouth and can also lead to other oral problems. Saliva aids in swallowing, speaking, digestion, and tasting your food.

Lack of saliva production can cause:

  • Tooth decay
  • Dry cracked tongue and lips
  • Disrupted speech patterns
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Oral infection
  • Bad breath


Dental professionals are frequently the first health care providers to detect the signs and symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome because the most common symptoms start in the mouth. It is best to get regular preventative checkups with Dr. Leslie Anthony every 6 months to maintain a healthy mouth. Always make sure to inform Dr. Leslie Anthony of any changes in your health.

If you have been diagnosed with Sjögren’s let Leslie B. Anthony, DMD be your partner in preventing further oral health problems. Dr. Anthony can provide resources and recommendations for good regular oral hygiene, products that may help stimulate saliva production, and ways to help ease your dry mouth.

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Dr. Leslie Anthony Call today 752-8161








Teeth Whitening



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Are your pearly whites a little less pearly….and white than you would like them to be? Do you wish for a brighter smile but are unsure of which teeth whitening method is right for you?

Have no fear, Dr. Leslie Anthony can help you with all of your whitening needs.

There are many reasons that your teeth may become discolored or stained. First, there are two different types of stains. Extrinsic and intrinsic.


  • Extrinsic- When the outer layer of the tooth known as the enamel becomes stained from foods, beverages, and tobacco products. These types of stains may be removed with teeth whitening treatments.
  • Intrinsic- When the dentin or deep inner structure of the tooth becomes stained yellow or gray. This may occur from some type of trauma, decay, or other hereditary factors. These types of stains cannot be removed by teeth whitening treatments.


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So, what are your options for teeth whitening treatments?


The only way to remove stains from your enamel is through whitening treatments, restoring your teeth back to their natural shade of white or beyond. Your smile will be whiter and brighter. There are many different options available to brighten your smileConsider your preferences, budget, and desired outcome.


At home – A variety of different options are available for at home whitening. What you gain in convince you may lose in effectiveness and experience some inconsistency.

  • Bleaching Strips
  • Bleaching Gel
  • Bleaching Pens
  • Take Home Bleaching Trays from Dr. Anthony
  • Whitening toothpaste


Professional In-office – There are a variety of different types of in-office whitening treatments available. At the office of Leslie B. Anthony, DMD we offer Phillips ZOOM! Whitening treatments. This whitening system can significantly brighten your smile in a single office visit. Although everyone can benefit from a whitening treatment not everyone will achieve the same results. This is a great option if you are looking for fast, consistent results. This treatment takes 2-3 hours in the office and the results are immediate.



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Teeth whitening is not dangerous or harmful to the teeth but may lead to some extra sensitivity after the treatment. When you leave the office, you will be given custom fitting bleach trays.  These can be filled with take-home bleach gel and worn for an hour or overnight to boost your whitening as needed.

To discuss treatment options and to put together a treatment plan that will best suit your individual needs call the office of Dr. Leslie Anthony.

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Periodontal Disease

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease also known as gum disease is an inflammatory disease that affects primarily the gums.  Types of disease range from a gum infection that causes swelling and bleeding of the gums all the way to more severe damage and bone loss around the tooth. It is estimated that over 64 million American adults have some form of Periodontal disease. Gum disease is a dental issue that can affect anyone.  If left untreated it can lead to very serious health problems.

It is up to you to be proactive in taking care of your teeth and gums daily to ensure that you maintain a healthy mouth. Along with brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily, we recommend scheduling an appointment every six months with Dr. Leslie Anthony. She can help you prevent or spot any signs of gum disease early so that you can keep your mouth in optimal health.

 Risk factors that contribute to gum disease include but are not limited to:

  • Plaque build up
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Poor nutrition
  • Medications
  • Clenching or Grinding your teeth
  • Lack of good daily dental habits


Plaque is a type of bacteria that shows up on your teeth as a sticky film that can generally be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Plaque is the most common cause of gum disease and should be regularly removed from your teeth. Tarter buildup is a result of hardened plaque and cannot be removed by brushing and flossing.  You must seek treatment from a dental professional for successful removal of tarter. Scheduling a cleaning with Dr. Leslie Anthony every six months will ensure plaque and tarter are properly removed.


Symptoms of Gum Disease:

  • Tender, swollen, or red gums
  • Gums that easily bleed while brushing and flossing
  • Chronic bad breath or bad taste in mouth
  • Loose teeth or teeth that move and separate
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Change in bite
  • Pain when chewing food
  • Teeth that are overly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures


3 different stages of gum disease:

 Gingivitis– Also known as inflammation of the gums, is caused by a buildup of plaque resulting in red, swollen, and irritated gums. This may occur from poor oral hygiene. Untreated gingivitis can progress and cause more serious problems.

Periodontitis– Periodontitis means “inflammation around the tooth”.  It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gums which usually occurs when gingivitis is not properly treated. A pocket can form below the gum line, encouraging plaque to accumulate and cause damage to underlying tissue and bone.

Advanced Periodontitis– This is the most progressed stage of gum disease. Characteristics of advanced periodontitis include loss of the surrounding periodontal tissues and bone that support your teeth. In extreme cases, teeth can shift or may become loose.


The best medicine is preventative medicine. Take the time to brush and floss your teeth twice a day and schedule cleaning appointments with Dr. Leslie Anthony every six months.


Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Leslie Anthony

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How do eating disorders affect our oral health?

It’s not a secret… eating disorders affect our oral health.

It is no secret that our dietary choices and how we take care of our teeth plays a huge role in the health of our mouth and entire body. It is important to develop and maintain good oral hygiene by making it a daily habit to brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and schedule regular visits with Dr. Leslie Anthony every six months. What is kept a secret is that you or someone close to you may be suffering from an eating disorder. Eating disorders can have a severe negative impact on a person’s oral health and their overall quality of life.

It is estimated that over 10 million people in America are living with an eating disorder. An eating disorder is described as an illness that is characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits and can affect people of any age or gender. You might not be aware that eating disorders can lead to extremely sensitive teeth caused by weakened enamel and bleeding gums because of poor nutrition.

The most common types of eating disorders are:

  • Anorexia Nervosa– Anorexia commonly shows up as an obsession to reach the “perfect” weight. An excessive fear of gaining weight and having a distorted perception of body image.
  • Bulimia Nervosa– Bulimia is characterized by repeatedly but discreetly binge eating and then engaging in behaviors that over compensate for the overeating such as self-induced vomiting, over using laxatives, or compulsively exercising.
  • Binge Eating– Like bulimia, binge eating is characterized by frequently eating excessive amounts of food but unlike bulimia there is no compensational behavior for the food consumed often resulting in a person being obese.

Eating disorders can cause severe pain and sensitivity to the teeth and gums, promoting sufferers to seek dental help. Dentists are often the first health care professionals to see signs and symptoms of eating disorders.

Dental Symptoms of an eating disorder

  • Enamel on the teeth is weakened and eroded from frequent exposure to strong stomach acids.
  • Gums may recede and bleed when there is a lack of minerals and nutrients needed for healthy gums.
  • Teeth can become very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
  • Teeth can become misshaped, cracked, and translucent in color.
  • Salivary glands may become enlarged.
  • Chronic dry mouth and bad breath.


Eating disorders can show up as a result of some type of physical, emotional, and social issues that need to be addressed. A person suffering from an eating disorder should seek help from a qualified professional immediately. Feelings of shame and guilt often accompany having an eating disorder and prevent sufferers from getting the help they need and keep them from receiving regular dental care.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from an eating disorder it is important to have an open and honest relationship with a dentist you trust. Dr. Anthony has a unique and compassionate approach to helping people with eating disorders and addictions. She is an active part of The Body Balance Program team. The Body Balance Program is an eating disorder treatment program in an outpatient setting that is offered through Kalispell Regional Healthcare.

If you or someone you love is suffering from the oral complications of an eating disorder Dr. Leslie Anthony is here to help. Schedule an appointment today to find out the best ways to take care of your teeth and mouth. Let Dr. Anthony help you on the road to recovery and restoring your smile.


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What is your tongue telling you about your health?


“The tongue can paint what the eyes can’t see.” Proverbs


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The tongue, on average measures in at just over 3 inches long and is made up of 8 different muscles that are interwoven together. The tongue allows us to taste, helps us form words to speak, and can provide insight about our overall health. The surface of the tongue is bumpy due to the presence of thousands of papillae. Papillae are home to our taste buds which send signals to the brain that allow us to distinguish the difference between sweet, salty, bitter, and sour tastes. The tongue is a muscular organ that is very flexible by nature. This allows the tongue to move in many ways helping to mix food with saliva and move food along through the beginning stages of digestion.

The tongue is an important indicator of our health and can provide clues about what is going on within our body. It is linked to many of our vital organs and the different colors, textures, coatings, and shapes of the tongue can give information regarding our health.  Learn how to read your body’s messages by learning more about what shows up on your tongue.


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  • A pink tongue is healthy and normal.
  • A red tongue may indicate heat in the body like a fever or a hormonal imbalance.
  • A reddish purple tongue is a sign that there may be inflammation or an infection in the body.
  • A pale pink tongue may be a sign of a vitamin deficiency, a weak immune system or a lack of energy.


  • A thick coating reflects poor intestinal health or digestive issues.
  • A yellowish coating indicates there may be an infection in the body.
  • A gray or blackish coating indicates a long term digestive disorder or that something may be very wrong with your body’s health.
  • A thick white coating means there may be poor circulation to the extremities or possibly a yeast infection.


  • If the tongue is puffy with scalloped edges or indented teeth marks it may indicate malabsorption of nutrients.
  • A very thin tongue may be a sign of dehydration.

 Much like reflexology, different parts of the tongue correspond to different organs in the body. By looking at the condition of different areas of your tongue you can find out what part of your body is not functioning optimally. This illustration represents the tongue as if you are looking into a mirror.


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Take a good look at your tongue in the mirror daily and take notice of the colors, textures, bumps, and coatings on your tongue. It is best to inspect your tongue before brushing your teeth and 30 minutes prior to eating. Let your tongue reading inspire and empower you to take charge of your health and make healthy daily habits a priority.

What is your tongue trying to tell you? While serious changes are uncommon it is important to have all areas of concern checked. If you find any abnormalities on your tongue or in your mouth schedule a visit with Dr. Leslie Anthony right away. We recommend you schedule regular preventative appointments every 6 months with Dr. Anthony where she will assess and monitor the overall health of your mouth, teeth, gums, and tongue to make sure you stay in optimal health.


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