Dental Tips Blog

Aug
2

5 Reasons You Should Floss Daily

You only stand to benefit if you make it your habit to floss every day. Here are five reasons flossing is good for you.

  1. Flossing Freshens Breath

Food and germs that get stuck between teeth can create quite an odor. It’s especially bad if a piece of food gets stuck under your gums. Flossing is the best way to remove leftovers that cause bad breath, giving you a sweet-smelling smile.

  1. Flossing Whitens Your Smile

Teeth darken when they’re exposed to food stains and acidic dental plaque. If you remove these stain-causing factors by flossing, you’ll keep your smile whiter for longer.

  1. Flossing Lowers Your Risk for Tooth Decay

Flossing disrupts bacterial colonies that grow between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Dental floss works perfectly to wipe away food and plaque acids that can erode tooth enamel and start cavities.

  1. Flossing Slows Tartar Buildup

Do you hate the look and feel of that gritty yellow tartar that grows along your gum line? Also called dental calculus; tartar is calcified plaque. If plaque isn’t removed from teeth daily, it hardens with minerals from your saliva. Calculus dulls your smile and can trigger gum inflammation. Flossing every day removes the bacteria that can turn into this mineral deposit.

  1. Flossing Prevents Gum Disease

Just as flossing slows down the activity of cavity-causing germs, it does the same with bacteria that cause gum disease. The most serious form of gum disease is periodontitis. This can lead to gum recession and tooth-loss. That’s why you can say flossing will help you save your teeth. Regular flossing will also save you a trip to a periodontist.

Need some help with setting up a good flossing habit? Contact your local dentist for advice and suggestions.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41
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New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

 

Jan
9

Flossing Alternatives For Kids

It’s bad enough trying to make time to floss your own teeth. How can you get your kids started on this smile-healthy habit?

Fortunately, there are some easier options if your child can’t yet manage to handle a piece of regular floss. 

Floss Picks

A small plastic handle has a piece of floss strung across the u-shaped frame at one end. This way, your child can use just one hand to scoot the floss between teeth. Some flossers are choking hazards, so check with your child’s dentist about an age-appropriate device.

Water Flosser

What if you have a stubborn teen who can’t be bothered with removing plaque from between their teeth? Ask them if they’d give floss-free flossing a try.

There are many different models of at-home water flossers on the market. These devices work by shooting a thin stream of water out of a toothbrush-like wand. Aiming the water stream between teeth and angling it along the gum line will help your son or daughter to flush away harmful plaque. There are also shower versions, to keep the mess factor down.

Orthodontic Flosser

This tool is great for kids and adults alike with braces. It looks like a floss pick but the end is a bit different. It’s designed so you can slide one end of the thread under the wire, single-handedly. An orthodontic flosser might be found by different names, but they all make flossing a snap if your child has braces. Be sure to ask your orthodontist about them!

Schedule your child’s regular dental checkup to make sure their smiles are healthy and bright! While there, ask your dentist about flossing alternatives that are right for your son or daughter.

Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 255-8325

Jan
8

Worried Your Dentist Will “Yell” at You for Not Flossing?

Most people are hesitant about visiting the dentist because they feel it means that they’re only going to get griped at. Of course, no one likes to be told they’re doing a bad job taking care of their dental health.

How does your dentist really feel about your dental checkups? What can you do to make your next experience a positive one?

What the Lecture Means

There’s actually far more to the spiel about flossing than you might have realized at first.

As a dental health professional, your dentist feels obligated to help you enjoy the healthiest smile possible. By encouraging flossing the professional shows that he or she:

  • Values preventive dental care
  • Promotes patient education
  • Wants to work with you as a team in reaching your smile health goals

Rather than being shameful, the chance to discuss your flossing habit will help you get a handle on the technique and see results much sooner. 

Before Your Next Appointment

What if you know you’ve been slacking on the oral hygiene?

Come to your appointment prepared with questions. Ask things like:

  • Is standard floss right for my smile?
  • How can I reach my back teeth?
  • What if my teeth are too tight?
  • Are there any other tools I should use for the best results?

By showing an active interest in how to improve your technique, it doesn’t feel so much like you’re being “yelled” at! Instead, take the team-approach and really try to hear your dentist out. Carefully weigh his or her concerns and suggestions about flossing and you’ll be on your way to a better smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Jan
7

3 Options for Flossing Around Your Crown

Posted in Crowns

Your dental crown is an important part of your smile. Not only does it protect a tooth and let you chew comfortably, but it completes your smile. You want to do all you can to make it last.

Here are a few ways you can floss to keep your crown (and surrounding teeth) clean, strong, and long-lasting.

  1. Traditional Floss or Tape

Your dental crown should touch shoulders with neighboring teeth. If it doesn’t, food is likely to get trapped in the space and cause gum irritation. Where teeth touch is called the “contact.” Regular floss is designed to work in these areas, no matter whether it’s a tooth or crown.

  1. Textured Floss

Textured floss is great for the back of a crown on the last tooth in a row. If the crown doesn’t have a neighbor, the fluffy portion of the textured floss is great for wrapping around the back.

It’s also ideal for bridges. You can slip one end of the floss under the bridge and then gently scoot the absorbent part back and forth as you sweep it under the pontic and shimmy it around the crowns to make sure you’re mopping up as much bacteria and debris as possible.

  1. Water Flosser

A powered flossing device packs a little more oomph and detail in areas a toothbrush can’t reach. It accesses places that your fingers might not be able to either.

Using a powerful yet gentle stream of water, the flosser is great for flushing plaque away from a crown that may irritate gum tissue around it.

Are you looking for the perfect crown-cleaning solution? Ask your dentist for more suggestions.

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655

 

Jun
23

I Brush and Rinse, So Why Floss?

It’s easy to wonder what good flossing does after your mouth is fresh and tingly from toothpaste and a powerful rinse! Flossing can be tricky and boring. Is just brushing and rinsing really enough?

How Plaque Works

The first thing you need to understand is the enemy you’re up against. This will help you choose the most effective tools for fighting oral disease.

Bacteria hide out in places hard to reach such as in between neighboring teeth. In addition to this, bacteria protect themselves by growing in deep layers of what you might call “slime.”

These germs, this “slime,” and food debris all make up dental plaque!

What Brushing and Rinsing Miss

A toothbrush works well for scrubbing at those valleys on the tops of back teeth. It also removes plaque from along the gum line. But does it reach in between your teeth?

“That’s where a rinse helps out,” you might say.

But how does a rinse work?

Some rinses feature fluoride, which helps protect teeth from cavities. Other germs have the potential to cause serious gum disease. There are rinses that aim to inhibit the growth of these bacteria, as well.

Remember how bacteria are protected in a “slime?” That’s right, a rinse often can’t penetrate this protective layer.

Flossing is Essential!

Flossing prevents cavities from forming between teeth. It physically removes bacteria and their protective slime. For most people, brushing and rinsing alone are just not enough! You can save your gums and teeth by making flossing a regular part of your oral hygiene routine.

Talk with your local dentist for a professional assessment of your oral health and to learn about the best plaque-control techniques.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Jan
25

Can You Pull a Filling or Crown Out When You Floss?

Posted in Crowns

Permanent crowns and fillings are cemented and bonded to your teeth to last for a long time. One question many people ask, is if their crown or filling will fall out if they floss around them?

As with your natural teeth, flossing should be a part of your daily oral hygiene routine with crowns and fillings to prevent cavities and gum disease between your teeth.   If the crown and filling are in good condition and are correctly attached, it would be very difficult for fillings and crowns to fall out with flossing.

When New Decay is Present

On the other hand, if there is decay under a crown or filling and it causes the restoration to become loose, then flossing could potentially cause a crown or a filling to come out.

Temporary Restorations

Another consideration when it comes to flossing restorations is flossing around temporary fillings and crowns.  There is a much greater chance of removing temporary restorations when flossing because they are not as strongly bonded or cemented to the teeth like permanent restorations are.  To prevent the temporary crown or filling from falling out when flossing, pull the floss out sideways instead of pulling up when removing the floss.

Does Something Feel “Not Quite Right?”

In any case, you should always floss your teeth at least once a day and don’t be afraid to floss because of restorations possibly falling out.  If you have flossed your teeth and you think you might have pulled a crown or a filling out with dental floss, contact your dentist immediately to have your teeth examined.  Your dentist will be able to determine whether or not your restoration has fallen out and what treatment you would need thereafter.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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