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Flossing has been in the news a lot as of recently. Several agencies have come out and stated that flossing is not important. The American Dental Association and several other US Agencies have said this not the case for great oral health. These organizations encourage flossing daily as inter-dental cleaners help address areas that cannot be reached with a regular toothbrush. Please read the following rebuttal from the ADA. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions you may have.

http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2016-archive/august/association-responds-to-news-story-challenging-benefits-of-dental-floss-use

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The great question every patient wants to know the answer to. Which do you do first, do you brush or floss first? According to the ADA and a new blog article written in the New York Times Online, it is recommended that you floss first and then brush. Why is this? It has more to do with habit than the science behind it. People are more likely to remember to floss if they floss before they brush. Read more at: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/ask-well-floss-or-brush-first/?_r=0

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Floss cartoon

We know a Yo-Yo is more fun but make sure you’re getting that floss in daily to remove all that plaque in between the teeth.

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Do you walk down the oral health aisle at the market and wonder which toothbrush or toothpaste is best for me? We know we have done that before. Some things to keep in mind are you always want to use a soft to extra soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste (avoid ones which say whitening in them). This chart we’ve added gives you a better idea of what to look for when you are going down the oral health aisle.

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Ever wonder what you could do to prolong your life? A new www.time.com article states flossing every day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and gum (periodontal) disease. The American Dental Association recommended flossing at least once a day. Make sure you have made an appointment to see your regular dentist for a check up.

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Oil pulling has been in the news on and off. Does oil pulling really work? Oil pulling is done using edible oil and swishing it in the mouth for 1 to 5 minutes and up to 20 minutes or longer.

Is oil pulling good for your mouth?

According to the ADA mouth healthy website, there are no reliable scientific studies to show that oil pulling reduces cavities, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of scientific evidence, the American Dental Association does not recommend oil pulling as a dental hygiene practice. The ADA continues to recommend that to maintain good dental health you brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste and floss between your teeth once a day and don’t use tobacco.

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How often should I floss my teeth? – American Dental Association.

Wondering what is the best way to floss or how to floss? This video made by the American Dental Association shows how to properly floss your teeth. Remember to be gentle when flossing and move the floss as close to the gum as you can without hurting your gums.

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Prevention of Dental Decay

Dental decay occurs when the bacteria in the plaque on your teeth, creates acids and breaks down the enamel, the hard outer shell of the tooth. Decay can be prevented in several ways. The American Dental Association recommends the following to prevent dental decay: 

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaner.
  • Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking.
  • Check with your dentist about the use of supplemental fluoride, which strengthens your teeth, and about use of dental sealants (a plastic protective coating) applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (where decay often starts) to protect them from decay.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examination

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Brush up on your at-home flossing technique! If flossing is not apart of your at-home dental care routine already, now is the time to incorporate it! Flossing removes particles of food and plaque from the areas where the toothbrush cannot reach.  Plaque can get left behind between your teeth and under the gum-line if you do not floss daily which can lead to cavities and gum disease.  When flossing remember to:

  • Start with 15 inches of floss, wind floss around each index finger, leaving a two inches of floss to work with
  • Slide it gently up-and-down between teeth
  • Curve floss around the base of each tooth – go beneath the gum-line
  • Lastly, remember to be gentle and floss daily!

For more information on alternative flossing options, visit our dental office and ask us about our Sonicare air flossers!Image

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