TO FLOSS OR NOT TO FLOSS…..That is the question!

Wow!  There has been much discussion in regards to the benefit of dental flossing.  Let’s set the record straight.

Why do we floss?

Floss is the only thing that can completely get in between your teeth to remove bacteria.

There are five surfaces on each tooth and if you do not floss, you leave two of those surfaces full of bacteria.

If you are not a regular flosser, you may bleed when  you floss for the first few weeks. 

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All About the Tooth Fairy

Today, children “bury” their lost tooth under their pillow for the Tooth Fairy to exchange it for money.  But history tells us that teeth were originally “buried” to protect children from curses and to encourage the new tooth to grow into place.  The teeth were actually buried in the yard, or in a flowerpot.  Eventually when people moved into cities, the teeth were placed under the child’s pillow.

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Who’s got your back? Skin Cancer Protection

With the summer heat in full swing, we want to remind you that skin cancer spotted early can often be treated successfully.

Tips to help minimize sun exposure in the summer:

  • Use a water resistant SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Seek shade and wear protective clothing when possible.
  • Know your skin and ask a partner to check areas that are hard to see.
  • Make an appointment with a dermatologist if you notice changing, itching or bleeding skin.

 

 

Are E-cigarettes a Safe Alternative?

Recently, we have seen a rise in the popularity of Electronic Cigarettes.  Many people feel these are a safe alternative to smoking, but that is simply not the case.

The ingredients in e-cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA,but the FDA did complete a study which found harmful chemicals in the vapors of many popular brands. 

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Diabetes and Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bones surrounding the teeth.   This infection can lead to loss of teeth.

We now know that gum disease may raise blood sugar levels in people with and without diabetes.  Scientists think the germs in infected gums leak into the bloodstream and start a reaction from your body’s defense system.

With higher long-term blood sugar levels, the risk of type II diabetes is increased.  For those who already have diabetes, keeping your gums healthy can help you control the disease.  Regular daily care and visits to the dentist are critical.

 

 

Never stop trying to quit tobacco use!

As dental professionals, we will constantly urge you to discontinue smoking and all tobacco use.

Marketing of Hookah, clove cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes has attracted many young adults to use them for stress relief.  Smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuff all contain nicotine, which can be as addictive as cocaine or heroin and can be harder to quit.     These habits cause white patches that may turn into oral cancer.

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Why Are My Teeth Staining?

Can I get you a coffee?  Tea?  Pop?  Many of these drinks often contain dark caramel syrups, sprinkles, or other flavoring agents that can cause teeth staining.  It’s not just   the drinks; healthy foods like beets and blueberries can add   to discoloration.

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“Cracked Tooth Syndrome”

There is no cavity and your filling seems intact, but you are still having some unexplained pain.You might have “cracked tooth syndrome.”

These tiny fractures are often invisible even on an x-ray. We can use a special light to help detect the tiny fracture within the tooth or we may use a special plastic instrument to bite down on to confirm the source of discomfort.

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