Posts Tagged ‘flossing’

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.


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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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