Yes! Flossing lifts and removes plaque and food in between your teeth and under your gums, areas that are difficult for your toothbrush to reach. Research has shown that oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and contribute to damaging systemic inflammation. Many studies have shown a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, premature birth, Alzheimer’s and various cancers.
Use a piece of floss 15 to 18 inches long and wind it around your middle fingers, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with. Holding the floss tightly between your index fingers and thumb, gently slide the floss in between your teeth. Wrap the floss around each tooth in the shape of a “C” as if you are hugging the tooth with floss. Then gently polish the tooth with an up and down motion, making sure you are sliding the floss under the gums. Remember to get the backsides of your last teeth, even if there isn’t a neighboring tooth. Use a fresh area of floss in between each individual tooth.
Most floss is made of either nylon or Teflon. Both are equally effective. People with larger spaces between their teeth or with gum recession (loss of gum tissue, which exposes the roots of teeth) tend to get better results with a flat, wide dental tape. If your teeth are close together, try a thin floss that bills itself as shred resistant, such as Glide.
Bridges and braces require a floss threader, which looks like a plastic sewing needle, to get underneath the restorations or wires and between the teeth. Super floss has a stiff end that helps you fish the floss through the teeth plus a fuzzy segment and regular floss for cleaning.
Don’t worry about a little blood. Bleeding means that your gums are inflamed because plaque has built up and needs to be cleaned away. If bleeding continues after several days, you may have periodontal disease. Please contact us for an evaluation.
If you lack the hand dexterity to floss with string, try soft wooden plaque removers, which look similar to toothpicks or two-pronged plastic floss holders.
Flossing is a low cost and easy way to prevent tooth decay, tooth loss, inflammation and promote a healthy mouth, body and mind!
You should brush your teeth at least 2-3 minutes twice a day. Get into a routine and always start and end in the same place. That way you will make sure not to miss any parts of your mouth. Unfortunately, most Americans only brush for 45-60 seconds twice a day, and that is just not enough. Many new mechanical toothbrushes have built in timers to help you brush the proper length of time.
The use of a mouthwash is fine to give yourself a fresh feeling. Try to use an alcohol free mouthwash if possible. Mouthwashes which contain alcohol can dry out the lining of your mouth and decrease saliva flow. Both of these symptoms can contribute to increased bacterial growth and lessen the mouths natural defenses.
It does not matter what brand of toothpaste you use as long as it contains Fluoride. Just choose a toothpaste that has a pleasant flavor for you.
Rinse your mouth with water after a meal or snack to neutralize acid and reduce bacteria by 30%. Also chewing sugarless gum or gum containing Xylotol has been shown to decrease the incidence of decay.
Not entirely. Whitening toothpastes will reverse the effects of some surface stains, but not change the shade of the teeth themselves. The change is usually minimal.
There is some evidence that over-the-counter bleaching products do whiten teeth, however these products are not used under the supervision of your dentist and There may be potential problems which may need attention prior to whitening in this Way. Also, the trays usually sold with these products do fit as well as those that are custom made by your dentist. As a result, damage to your gums and teeth is possible.
Ulcers are very difficult to treat. There is no proven technique that will eliminate ulcers. They can occur as a result of trauma or due to a viral source. Depending on their cause there are specific medications that can shorten their duration. Left alone, ulcers will generally diminish and disappear in two weeks.
Bad breath or halitosis, can be caused by many things. The most common cause is the presence of bacteria in your mouth and on your tongue. These bacteria produce odorous compounds. In some cases, the cause of bad breath can be from gastrointestinal origin.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria (plaque) in your mouth which react with sugary and starchy deposits from food you eat. This reaction produces acid which damages the enamel over time and weakens the tooth.
Cold sensitivity can be due a number of reasons. Some people are just generally more sensitive to temperature changes. Other causes may be due to recession of the gum tissue, abrasions of the teeth, large metal restorations or decay. Treatments for this condition can include fillings, fluoride applications or the use of desensitizing toothpastes.
Your gums bleed as a result of inflammation caused by the presence of bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria when not properly cleaned off your teeth will result in an irritation of the gum tissue. This irritation called gingivitis, will result in red, puffy and bleeding gums. Gone untreated, it can progress into periodontal disease.