|Why is Flossing Necessary?
|It might surprise you to learn that even people who regularly brush their teeth twice a day neglect the need to floss. Just because you don't have food stuck in your teeth or you brushed well doesn't mean you shouldn't floss; you need to know that it is an important part of your daily routine.
Reasons you Need to Floss
Here is what an extra few minutes of oral hygiene can do for you:
|Reduce plaque between your teeth
|Decrease the risk of cavities between your teeth
|Lower your risk of gum disease
|Help you retain your natural teeth into your senior years
Flossing the Right Way
Flossing is very simple and will only add a few extra minutes to your oral hygiene routine. Gently position the floss between your teeth and wrap it around the tooth like a C-shape, work it up and down, taking care to get the entire tooth from top to bottom. It is important to pay careful attention to the teeth that are the furthest back in your mouth, as that is where food and particles tend to hide, which could potentially lead to cavities and gum disease.
|Halloween - A Myth That Sugarcoats the Teeth
|With Halloween quickly approaching your kids' candy consumption is sure to increase. Here is something to think about, many people think tooth decay is related to the amount of sugar a person consumes.
In fact, though, according to faculty at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, it's not the amount of sugar but the time sugar remains on the teeth that is the culprit in tooth decay.
A person who eats candy throughout the day is more prone to tooth decay that someone that eats the same amount of candy in a short period of time. Limiting the intake of
all forms of sugar to specific times followed by brushing can help you keep your kids teeth healthy.
|About Sensitive Teeth
|There are several causes of tooth sensitivity: cavities, fractured or cracked teeth, worn tooth enamel, exposed tooth roots. If you have regular checkups, these issues are likely to be detected early.
Naturally occurring enamel protects the teeth and cementum protects the roots. The underlying dentin is a less dense system of microscopic tubes and canals. If the enamel or cementum is reduced, heat and cold more easily stimulate the nerves and can cause sensitivity.
If you are suffering from sensitivity, the first step is to review proper brushing technique and try a desensitizing toothpaste. If it continues, make an appointment to come in for an assessment.