What is dental floss and why should I use it? Dental floss is a cord of thin filaments that removes food and plaque that stick between teeth where a toothbrush is unable to reach, polishes hard to reach tooth surfaces, and can help control bad breath. What kind of floss should I use? It really is a matter of personal preference. Waxed floss has a coating that helps it slide through tight spaces. Unwaxed floss does not have this coating, so it is thinner. You can also use Dental tape which is helpful if you have a bridge or wider Read More →
Your flossing questions answered!
You only have 10 seconds to clean your kid’s teeth, what do you do?
We all know it’s best to brush, floss, use mouth-rinse etc. every day. But c’mon – it’s the real world, the kids are tired, it’s past their bed time and you’ve got about ten seconds left before you lose your cool….so what do you do? I got to thinking about this the other day – where is the biggest “bang for your buck” time-wise in cleaning your kid’s teeth? To tackle this question, I asked myself one question… “Where do I spend my day fixing kid’s cavities?” No question it’s between the two baby molars. We call these class II’s Read More →
So, You Don’t Like To Floss?
Flossing is recommended daily to clean plaque bacteria from in between the teeth that brushing alone doesn’t remove. Anytime we leave plaque between our teeth we put ourselves at risk for bleeding, inflamed gums, infection, gum disease and decay. Although flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth, there are other options that can work well and may be easier to use. Here are just a few options that we like to recommend in our office. Flossing Helpers: Flossers make it easier to floss because there is a handle attached to the floss. Floss threaders can help you Read More →
Do I need to Floss?
Have you heard all the recent hype about not needing to floss anymore? Well, let’s look at what this is really about. Since 1979, the federal government has recommended flossing. Last year, the associated press reviewed 25 studies that compared brushing alone versus brushing and flossing. This review concluded that the evidence for flossing was “weak and very unreliable.” As a result, the Department of Health and Human Services removed the flossing recommendation this year. However, the American Dental Association (ADA) sites several other studies that show the benefits of flossing. The ADA and Family Dentist Tree will continue to Read More →