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What is a Cavity? What it is, how it Forms and Treatment

Cavity is a word that is often thrown around but few people actually know what exactly a cavity is. Everyone can however agree that it is painful and treatment isn’t exactly the most pleasant process. You might be wondering what exactly a cavity is, how it forms and how it is treated.

What exactly is A Cavity?

A dental cavity is actually considered a disease. It is the most common chronic disease in adolescents and children. Nearly 90-percent of adults aged 20 and over have had at least one cavity in their lifetime.

The simplest and most accurate description of a cavity is a hole in the tooth. You have bacteria in the mouth which you use to break down food. This process produces an acid which unfortunately erodes enamel which is the protective layer of your teeth.

The hole in the tooth then exposes the nerves inside the tooth which is why you feel pain when you have a cavity.

How Cavities Form

There are several events or factors that play together to form a cavity. The process isn’t intimately understood even by dentists but on face value, here is what you need for a cavity to occur;

  • Saliva and teeth
  • Bacteria
  • Food
  • How many times these three come together

Generally speaking the bacteria that you use to break down food mixes with proteins naturally found in food and your saliva. This mixture adheres the tooth as a layer known as plaque.

The bacteria in the plaque 'eats' food just as you do. Anything that goes into your mouth is eaten and digested by the bacteria snugly settled in your teeth. The bacteria prefer foods that digest quickly such as processed foods and sugar.

Just as humans do after eating, the bacteria must excrete. The result here is acid which if concentrated on one area erodes tooth calcium over time.  

This process isn’t a problem if the plaque doesn’t stay in place for too long. The tooth has a natural ability to regenerate the lost calcium if given the time to do so. Cavities come about when the plaque stays in place for too long, continues to secrete acid which in turn erodes calcium or more practically drills a hole in your tooth.

Cavity Treatment

Fortunately, cavities are relatively simple and straightforward to treat. This process is commonly referred to as a tooth filling. The dentist drills into the tooth to remove all the decayed and damaged part and fills the hole with silver, amalgam, gold or porcelain.

If the cavity is extensive, you may require a root canal or dental crown.

The best way to protect against cavities is to stay away from sugar and processed foods as much as possible. Also brush at least twice a day especially after meals and before bed. Visit the dentist regularly so any issues can be spotted before they become serious. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/29/2017
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What is Tooth Enamel?

When you think about a tooth or what you see when you smile, that's enamel. Tooth enamel is the outer most layer of a tooth and its purpose is to protect the contents including dentin and tooth pulp. This layer is hard, even harder than bone.

Tooth enamel is an oxymoron of sorts because although it's a hard substance, it too is susceptible to corrosion and damage mainly from bacteria and acid.

What Tooth Enamel Does

The internal structures that make up your teeth are too soft to withstand the pressure of constant grinding and chewing. Just behind the enamel is dentin which gives your teeth their structure. The dentin could not withstand temperature sensitivity from hot or cold drinks or grinding food. The enamel therefore protects these internal structures just as a medieval soldier wears armor to protect his body and organs.

Unlike other body organs that re-grow or repair such as scar tissue, enamel does not naturally replenish itself. Remember that this is not a living organ and once it begins to erode or wear down only a dentist can restore your teeth.

What Causes Enamel Erosion

Although enamel is a hard substance, it is very vulnerable to bacteria and acid. Some of the worst culprits in this case include; sugar and acids found in drinks and food, dry mouth, certain medication, hereditary flaws and acid reflux.

Signs Enamel is Eroding

Most signs of enamel erosion are subtle and easy to ignore. The first and most common sign is tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and drinks. Discoloration or yellow teeth are also a common sign of enamel erosion. Other signs include;

  • Chipped or rough teeth (especially around the edges)
  • Unusually shiny teeth

Protecting Against Enamel Erosion

Fortunately, there are a few simple pre-emptive measures that you can take to preserve your enamel. The most effective preventive measure is to watch what you eat and drink. Limit or eliminate from your diet;

  • Sports drinks
  • Soft drinks
  • Sour candy
  • Vinegar

Brush your teeth at least twice a day or after eating or drinking and use fluoride toothpaste. Note that most of the water you drink already contains fluoride so be careful about overusing fluoride products. Too much of a good thing is bad and this includes fluoride. Chees and milk help to neutralize acids found in the mouth which may compromise your enamel.

Lastly, visit a dentist at least twice every year for a dental checkup. Your enamel issues can be resolved easily and quickly if detected early. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/21/2017
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How to Create a Desirable Dental Office Ambiance

There are many words that you can use to describe a dental office but 'ambiance' is hardly one of them. Dentistry is competitive and having great experience and exceptional skills may not be enough to guarantee a success or longevity. Great ambiance may be what makes your practice stand out from dozens of other dental offices across the city. Consider implementing a few or these ideas to create a dental office that people actually want to come to.

You Don’t Have To Look Like a Dental Office

If you have been to one dentist office, you have been to all of them. At least that's what most patients think. Dental offices tend to look, smell and 'feel' the same. Smell is a particularly strong sense and has a way of invoking good or bad memories. Few people have rosy childhood memories of visiting the dentist so if your office smells like every other dental office, it is no wonder your patients look anxious and uncomfortable. Something as simple as aromatherapy diffusers with scented essential oils can make all the difference. A dental office that smells like chamomile or lavender will definitely give your patients something to remember and talk about.

Watch Your Colors

Just like smells, colors also evoke feelings in people. Waiting for a root canal procedure is grim enough so your walls don’t have to add to the patient's sense of misery. Choose light colors and shades such as light blue, beige or sage green. Simply repainting your wall can make a huge difference and you may not even need to invest in anything else save maybe for an inexpensive diffuser.

Focus on Lighting

If you can manage, natural light is the best accessory you can have in your dental office. Your office immediately stops feeling claustrophobic and dull and gives the patient the feeling of being outside. If you can't have natural light, consider soft lighting that doesn’t point directly to the patient's eyes.

Borrow From Spa Treatments

Visits to the dentist office are often tense and anxious but this doesn’t have to be the case. A few spa-like touches can help the patients to relax while they wait their turn. Consider small additions such as hot tea (preferably flavored), scented or heated towels and eye masks. This definitely doesn’t sound like a dental office but there is no rule that says your patients can't get a spa treatment to go with the new filling.

You owe it to your patients to make them comfortable and maybe even look forward to visiting your dental office. Don’t confine yourself to traditional designs and rather experiment with creating an inviting and peaceful ambiance for your patients. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/17/2017
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What Makes Crest White Strips Great?

There are many teeth whitening products available over the counter which means you don't necessarily have to pay a high price or schedule a dentist appointment to get your teeth whitened. Crest Whitestrips revolutionized the market by introducing disposable plastic strips that you place directly onto your teeth. These strips contain a whitening gel that, as the name suggests, whitens your teeth.  

Many more similar products have since hit the market. Some products work, others don’t work well while others don’t work at all.

It is worth mentioning that you should definitely consult with your dentist before purchasing and using over-the-counter whitening products.

There are a few qualities inherent to Crest White Strips that make this specific brand a better choice than most.

Made With Hydrogen Peroxide

If you have ever had teeth whitening done by a dentist, he definitely used Hydrogen Peroxide. Any teeth whitening product that does not contain this bleaching agent may not be very effective in doing its job. Crest White Strips use hydrogen peroxide in its entire range of whitening products. Not only that, but the product has to be enamel-safe so it doesn’t erode your teeth enamel. This is something that the brand has done well consistently since its introduction into the market in 2001.

Varying Levels of Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide may be a bleaching agent but it's not that simple. Most people assume that more peroxide means better which isn’t exactly the case. The amount of peroxide that would be appropriate for you depends on the severity of your staining. If you simply have mild stains, a product with high peroxide content may actually damage your teeth (such as tooth sensitivity) rather than help. Crest White Strips are available in varying peroxide content to cater to the different users.

It is for this reason you may want your dentist to recommend the best whitening product based on your specific condition.

Custom Product

The reason why professional laser treatment is so effective for teeth whitening is because it gets to all the nooks and crannies. Some whitening strips don’t conform to the individual's particular set of teeth and therefore leave some areas of the teeth untreated. This leads to uneven whitening which can be more visually unappealing than the original stained teeth. Crest 3D Supreme FlexFit solves this problem by conforming to the user's teeth and getting nice and even whitening just like a professional laser treatment.

Quick Whitening

Lastly, whitening products can be slow. Many white strips on the market are used for about an hour (or more) every day for up to two weeks. There are times when you simply can't wait this long to get the result you want. Crest 3D 1-Hour Express works in just one hour.

To reiterate, it is important that you speak to your dentist about the best Crest White Strips or other home whitening treatment. The dentist can make the best recommendation depending on the results you want to achieve and the severity of your staining. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/15/2017
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Do I Need Dental Insurance?

Most types of insurance such as medical, worker compensation, life and auto insurance are a no-brainer. The issue of dental insurance is however a complex one. Most people wonder whether dental insurance is even worth it in the first place. There are no easy answers to this question and it largely depends on your specific situation.

How Dental Insurance Works

Dental insurance is unlike medical insurance in that the former has a limit after which you are responsible for paying out of pocket. Most Americans pay anywhere from $15-$50 for dental insurance a month. Maximum coverage limits vary in the $1000-$2000 range.

Less than 4-percent of Americans actually exhaust their dental insurance limit every year which makes the issue of whether dental insurance is worth it even more complicated.

What Dental Insurance Covers

The typical dental insurance plan is what is known as a 100/80/50 coverage and works like this;

100-percent coverage: for preventive care such as X-rays, cleaning, exams and checkups

70 to 80-percent coverage: for basic procedures such as periodontal work, extractions and fillings

50-percent coverage (or less): for major procedures such as dentures, root canals, crowns, implants and bridges

This is just a general overview of how dental insurance plans work as they may vary from one plan to another. For example, one plan may consider a root canal as a major procedure while another may term it as a basic procedure.

Most plans don’t cover orthodontic care but allow you to purchase a separate coverage. Very few cover cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening. Note that dental insurance mostly covers preventive care.

Types of Dental Insurance Plans

There are three major categories for dental plans;

Free-for-service or Indemnity Plan

Here you are at liberty to choose a dentist. The plan pays for a pre-determined percentage of your dentist's fees. You can choose form a wide range of dentists and may have a higher annual maximum coverage than most plans. This is a good choice if you prefer a certain dentist or anticipate major dental work in the future.

Preferred Provider Organization or PPO Plan

This type of plan has certain preferred dentists or in-network for you to choose from. You may choose a dentist who is not in the network but you would have to pay more in out-of-pocket expenses. These plans typically pay more than other types of plans. This is a good choice if you want coverage in case of an emergency or don’t want to pay high premiums.

Health Maintenance Organization or HMO Plans

You can only choose from dentists within the insurance network. These plans typically pay for 100-percent of your preventive care and may have attractive co-pay for basic procedures. This is a good choice if you want to pay low premiums and have no preference for dental providers and don’t anticipate any major dental work.

It is important that you understand exactly what the insurance covers and doesn’t cover and the implications before you sign up to a plan.


Whether or not dental insurance is worth it is a personal choice. If you are living paycheck to paycheck and wouldn’t be able to cover a dental emergency, dental insurance is absolutely recommended. At the very least, dental insurance is a good way to guarantee that you go to the dentist for your bi-annual checkups otherwise its money down the drain. Preventive dental care can save you plenty of painful and expensive procedures in the long-term. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/15/2017
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How a Night Guard Can Help Manage Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is the medical name for teeth grinding and clenching especially during sleep. At least 8-percent of the population suffers from the condition. Symptoms of bruxism may include insomnia, facial pain and of course tooth damage.

A night mouth guard is a common and simple solution for bruxism. It may not treat the problem itself but it protects your teeth against damage and alleviates most of the symptoms including insomnia, jaw pain and headaches. Below are a few ways night guards may help people dealing with teeth grinding.

Protect Your Enamel

The first and most obvious benefit of wearing a teeth guard at night is to protect your tooth enamel. There are different types of mouth guards depending on the severity of your condition.

Soft rubber: is a good choice if you regularly clench your teeth rather than grind.

Hybrid laminate: works for people with a moderate teeth grinding problem. This mouth guard has a soft interior and a hard exterior.

Hard acrylic: is specifically made for people with heavy teeth grinding issues. These also have a soft interior so you don’t hurt your teeth and gums.

The idea behind the night guard is to create a protective layer between your teeth. Rather than your teeth getting worn, the guard takes the bulk of the damage. You may need to replace the night guard anywhere between a year or five years depending on the type of guard and the severity of your condition.

Relieve Jaw Pain

People who clench or grind during the night often wake up with soreness or pain around the jaw and cheeks. The human jaw can exert a force of up to 1,300 Newtons which is why you wake up with jaw pain after a full night of clenching and grinding. A night guard creates a cushion between your upper and lower teeth and therefore protects your jaw from excess tension.

Get Better Sleep

This is especially true for custom made nigh guards. The nigh guard helps to reduce or even stop grinding and clenching. At the very least, the guard will reduce the intensity of your clenching or grinding sessions. This in turn leads to far better sleep.

You may want to get custom-made night guards that fit your particular set of teeth comfortably. These guards have proven effective for managing and sometimes stopping bruxism. At the very least you will be able to treat or manage the symptoms of the condition. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/11/2017
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Causes for Cold Sores in the Mouth

Cold sores are small, painful sores or blisters which are typically filled with fluid. These may appear on the mouth, lips and even nose. These cold sores are caused by a virus and typically only stay for a few days. Cold sores may however recur because unlike ordinary viral infections, this particular virus does not completely leave the body even after the sore disappears.

Causes for Cold Sores

The virus responsible for cold sore is known as HSV or herpes simplex virus. HSV comes in two varieties; Type 1 and Type 2. The one specific to cold sores is Type 1.

Cold sores are contagious and typically spread through close contact with an infected person such as kissing. You may not always notice that the other person has the virus and their skin may appear normal. This is because the virus continues to be active even while the skin is shedding it. The virus may also be spread via saliva.

Active sores that look like blisters are very contagious. The risk of spreading however goes once the blister has dried and crusted over. The sore should heal in a few days. It is not always clear why the cold sore may return once it has healed.

Most people erroneously believe that you can get cold sores from sharing washcloths, towels and other contaminated surfaces. The risk of spread is minute in this case.

Other conditions that may trigger cold sores include;

  • Flu, fever or cold
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes such as during adolescence and menstruation
  • Changes in the immune system
  • Skin trauma

What Happens When You Are Infected

Once you are infected with the virus, penetrates the nerve cells. It then travels along the nerve until it reaches the ganglion. The ganglion is basically a collection of nerve cells. The virus may dormant at this stage and you might not show any symptoms. Once active, the virus begins to multiply again and continues to travel through the nerve and finally to the skin. This is when the blisters on the lips appear.

Treatment for Cold Sores

Cold sores typically resolve naturally in a few days. The symptoms can however be severe for people who are infected for the first time. Such an attack may include bleeding gums, multiple painful sores, swollen glands and fever. You may seek medical attention if you experience severe symptoms although these typically resolve in a week or two.

It is imperative that you visit a doctor as soon as possible if you have a weak immune system such as is the case with chemotherapy patients. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/11/2017
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What is A Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is a type of dental treatment used when the center of a tooth is infected. This center is called the root canal. The procedure is also known as endodontics.

The infection comes from bacteria found in plaque which destroys the tooth. A root canal infection may happen due to;

  • A leaky filling
  • Tooth decay
  • Damaged tooth due to trauma such as after a fall

The root canal system begins at the crown of the tooth and goes all the way to the root. This system consists of dental pulp and one tooth may contain more than one root canal.

When Is Root Canal Treatment Done?

The dentist would first have to take a dental x-ray to confirm that there is a bacterial infection in the pulp. This will show up on the x-ray as damaged pulp. The bacteria kill the pulp which gives the bacteria room to spread and multiply.

Symptoms of Root Canal Infection

There are a few symptoms that indicate the early onset of root canal infection including;

  • A loose tooth
  • Pain during chewing or biting
  • Pain when drinking or eating cold or hot food or drink

The symptoms may disappear for a while if the infection is left untreated. This is because the pulp has died. The symptoms eventually reappear when the infection has spread through the root canal system. The symptoms may include;

  • Pus coming out of the affected tooth
  • Return of pain when chewing or biting
  • Swollen gum around the affected tooth
  • Swollen face
  • Tooth color turns dark

It is important that you visit your dentist immediately you experience a tooth ache. Bacterial infections do not resolve themselves and actually get worse over time.

What is Root Canal Treatment Like?

The first step of the procedure is to numb your tooth with a local anesthesia. The dentist then uses a drill to make a hole in the tooth. He removes all the dead or diseased pulp. The dentist also shapes the inside of the tooth using a small file and washes away the remaining pulp with water.

The dentist uses a material known as gutta percha or similar material usually made from a rubber-like substance. He then closes up the hole with a temporary filling.

A second appointment is required to remove the temporary filling and fit a permanent crown or other restoration.

It is important that you visit your dentist as soon as possible if you suspect you have a damaged tooth or a cavity. Good oral hygiene and scheduling regular appointments with your dentist also helps to protect your teeth from root canal infections and a host of other dental issues. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/8/2017
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Basic Tooth Anatomy: The Three Main Parts of a Tooth

Understanding basic tooth anatomy may help you discover more about how your teeth work and hopefully improve your dental hygiene. Although there are multiple complex parts that work together to form what we refer to as a tooth, there are three main parts that you should know about.

Tooth Crown

The tooth crowns is what you actually see when you smile. Most people think of the crown when they refer to a tooth or teeth. This crown is covered by a white layer of enamel which is what protects the content of the tooth. The enamel is actually the hardest part of the human body. This portion may get eroded by bacteria and acids which is what the dentist means when he says you have a cavity.

Dentin and Pulp

The pulp and dentin is what is contained just under the enamel. The dentin is thick, yellow, bone-like layer on which the enamel is supported. It is softer than enamel. The dentin sends signals to your brain which is what you experience when you have a tooth ache or sensitivity. It also carries some nerve fibers.

The tooth pulp is often referred to as the nerve. It is actually a soft tissue which is located in the middle of the tooth structure. The tissue contains lymph vessels, blood vessels and nerves. This collection of vessels and nerves is what makes you feel the tooth such as in a tooth ache. Decay that reaches the pulp often requires a tooth canal treatment. The pulp also receives nourishment for healthy teeth.

Tooth Root

Finally, the tooth root is invisible but is what anchors your tooth to the bones in your mouth. The root is located below the gum line. Much like the roots of a tree, the tooth root supports the tooth so you are able to chew and bite with ease. There is a connection between the root (cementum) and the actual jawbone known as the Periodontal Ligament.

Each set of teeth; the incisors, canines, premolars and molars contain these three basic layers.  Tooth ache, discoloration and other dental issue indicate a problem in one or more of these layers. Good dental hygiene helps to preserve your teeth and ensure that you can cut and chew food comfortably. Brushing twice a day, flossing every day and regular dental checkups stand out as the best methods for preserving your teeth. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/5/2017
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Is Mouthwash Good For Brushing?

There has been a lot of debating recently on whether mouthwash is effective or even necessary in the first place. Claims that mouthwash might actually be dangerous are not entirely unfounded but recent studies show what there are a number of benefits of using mouthwash. It is not simply about whether mouthwash is good for you per se but whether you are using the right one. You may need to speak to your dentist to recommend a good brand that you can use along with daily brushing and flossing.

The debate aside, there are a few great benefits for using mouthwash every day after brushing.

Kill Bacteria

Brushing and flossing may take away most of the plaque and bacteria but there is no harm in taking an extra precaution. Most good mouthwash has excellent antibacterial qualities which is great for areas that you might have missed. Gurgling also takes care of any bacteria that might have been left in the very back of the mouth where a toothbrush cannot reach.

Brighten Teeth

A number of brands are specifically formulated to brighten or whiten teeth. If used consistently for a long time, you may begin to see a noticeable difference in your teeth shade. This beats paying for an expensive laser treatment.

Fight Bad Breath

Mouthwash is also a nice complementary product to use along with brushing for fighting bad breath. Again, swirling or gurgling the mouthwash reaches areas where you wouldn’t be able to reach with a toothbrush. Mouthwash also specifically fights halitosis which is the bacteria responsible for bad breath.

Removes Plaque

A mouthwash is portable so you can carry it with you to use after meals of after snacking. The anti-bacterial qualities help to eliminate plaque and food debris that you might otherwise have sticking around throughout the day. Leaving plaque to accumulate in the teeth eventually hardens into tartar which is much harder to remove even with flossing and brushing.

Prevent Cavities

Mouthwash contains fluoride which promotes strong teeth. A regular dose of fluoride can help protect against cavities. Note that there is such a thing as too much fluoride, which can erode your tooth, enamel. Watch how much fluoride is in your dental hygiene products. Also remember that most tap water contains fluoride.

Most dentists would recommend that you use a mouthwash. The only word of caution is to check the product's label for a seal of approval from the American Dental Association. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/5/2017
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All You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea, as the name suggest, is a sleep disorder that happens when breathing is interrupted during sleep. If left untreated, the person experiences repeated moments when he stops breathing while asleep. This can happen up to hundreds of time in a night. The danger here is the brain and the entire body isn’t getting enough oxygen.

Kinds of Sleep Apnea

There are two main types of sleep apnea;

Central Sleep Apnea: in which case there is some kind of instability or issue with the respiratory control center. The brain simply isn’t telling the muscles to breath. This condition is also known as CSA for short.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: this type is what most people experience. In this case, the person experiences some kind of blockage in the airway. This blockage typically happens when the soft tissue located in the back of the throat collapses while the person is sleeping. This condition is also known as OSA for short.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

There are multiple potential causes for sleep apnea. This condition is more common in males although females do experience it as well. Men with neck sizes greater than 17 inches and 16 inches or more for women are more prone to sleep apnea. People prone to sleep apnea include those who are;

  • Overweight
  • Have small jaw bone, large tongue or large tonsils
  • Are aged over 40 years
  • Have Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Have a family history of sleep apnea
  • Have a nasal obstruction such as sinus problems, allergies or deviated septum

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

There are multiple common symptoms of sleep apnea. You may experience some or most of these symptoms including;

  • Grinding teeth during sleep
  • Waking up in the middle of the night with a gasping or choking sensation
  • Waking up to a very dry throat or sore throat
  • Restless sleep
  • Snoring loudly during sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Waking up tired or drained of energy
  • Moodiness and memory problems

Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition and can have serious ramifications if left untreated. Some of the common effects of prolonged sleep apnea include;

  • Fatigue during the day
  • Heart problems and high blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Teeth problems from constant grinding
  • Liver problems
  • Metabolic syndrome

It is important that you seek treatment if you suspect that you might have sleep apnea. This is also an issue to bring up with your dentist on your next appointment especially if you are taking medication for your condition. Fortunately, the condition is treatable and manageable especially if detected and treated in its early phases.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/3/2017
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A Guide to Proper Flossing

Brushing twice a day or after every meal is commendable but it might not be enough if you are not flossing. Gum disease often starts between the teeth and at the gum line so flossing can help to remove plaque that is notorious for causing gum disease. A toothbrush is not able to effectively rich these areas where plaque may accumulate over time.

The trick therefore isn't simply to floss every day but to do it properly.

Proper Flossing Technique

The first step is to wash your hands thoroughly since they'll be going in your mouth.

Step 1: Wind the Floss

Start with about 18 inches of dental floss, winding a large potion around the middle finger of one hand (whichever you prefer). Repeat the same on the other hand, making sure to wind the floss on the same finger on each hand.

Step 2: Hold the Floss

Use the thumb and forefinger of each hand to hold the floss. Make sure to hold tight.

Step 3: Insert the Floss in Your Teeth

With a gentle rubbing motion, guide the floss slowly in between the teeth. Do not snap or jerk the floss into place because this can injure your gums.

Step 4: Begin Flossing

Once the floss is at the gum line, make a C-shaped curve, placing the floss against the first tooth. Slide the dental floss gently between the tooth and the gum. Use up and down motions, rubbing gently against the side of the tooth. Repeat the process with each tooth not forgetting the back side of each of the last teeth. Use a clean area of for each tooth as you go along.

Different Types of Dental Floss

There are a few varieties of dental floss and a brief look at each type may help you choose the best one for you.

Un-waxed Floss: is made from thin nylon yarn. 35 strands are twisted together to make the floss strong. Although this type of floss is particularly good for closely spaced teeth, it is prone to fraying and breaking than waxed floss.

Waxed Floss: is coated with a thin layer of wax. It is less susceptible to fraying and breaking than the former but may be difficult to insert in tight spaces and closely spaced teeth.

Polytetrafluoroethylene Floss: is made from a similar fiber found in high-tech rain gear. It is good for cleaning closely spaced teeth and around the gums.

Dental Tape: is available in waxed and un-waxed varieties. It is flatter and broader than your traditional floss. Works better than traditional floss but may be difficult to use on closely spaced teeth.

Your dentist can recommend the best type of dental floss and possibly a brand that works best for your particular set of teeth and flossing requirements.  Speak to your dentist about proper flossing the next time you go in for a dental checkup.


Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/3/2017
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