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Should I Brush Before Flossing?

November 4th, 2018

The age-old question – should you floss before you brush or after? If you asked any one of our
team members, you just might get a different answer on this one!
Before you report them for not knowing their stuff, each response can be right! As long as you’re
doing a thorough job, we don’t care when you floss!
The Case for Flossing Before Brushing
Theoretically, flossing first dislodges the gunk between your teeth, letting the fluoride in your
toothpaste reach those crevices better.
Also, behavioral scientists say since most people don’t like to floss, it’s better to get the
least-pleasant half of your dental routine out of the way first – you’ll be less likely to skip it. Once
you have a minty, fresh mouth from brushing, you might be less inclined to feel the need to floss
The Case for Flossing After Brushing
Some say flossing last is better because it clears your mouth from extra food and debris that
could otherwise be carried by the floss into the very spaces you’re trying to clean out.
Plus, it might be more pleasant to put those flossing hands into a clean mouth versus an
unbrushed one.
Bottom Line
Floss when it works for you. But make it a habit! Choose the same time every day, floss once a
day, and floss thoroughly.
And don’t forget to use the right flossing method: for each new set of teeth, use a new section
of floss, and hug each side of the tooth by dragging the floss upward in the shape of a “C.”
Want us to show you how? Just ask!

How Apples are Good for Your Teeth

October 10th, 2018

People have been asserting that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” since the 19th century. While it may not necessarily be true that those who eat apples never have to see a doctor, apples certainly have great health benefits for our bodies! Did you know they can even be good for our teeth? Let’s take a look at what the research says …

It’s widely thought that chewing a crisp, fresh apple can help brush away plaque on our teeth. We’re not too sure on this one, as some studies show a higher plaque content on teeth after eating an apple. At the same time, there is evidence to suggest some polyphenols in apples can lower the ability of cavity-causing bacteria to adhere to teeth.

Further, some studies have shown that the antioxidants in apples can help prevent periodontal disease. Apples even contain a (very) small amount of fluoride. This is worth noting, as fluoride is so important in helping prevent cavities. Lastly, the act of chewing an apple stimulates saliva production. Saliva helps wash away food debris and bacteria. Remember, though, apples contain sugar and acid so it’s best not to go
overboard with them. You can even swish with water after eating one to wash away some of the sugar left behind.

As the science continues to look into how apples affect our teeth, one thing we know is true: regular dental visits, along with daily tooth brushing and flossing, is your best defense against tooth decay!

Dr Mike

Let me know what you think! Leave comments below.

E-Cigarettes a "Major Public Health Concern"

January 30th, 2017

Often viewed as a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes deliver nicotine coupled with flavorings and other additives in an aerosol form. The other additives can contain ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, flavorants such as diacetyl (a chemical linked to serious lung disease), volatile organic compounds, and heavy metals (such as nickel, tin, and lead). All Americans need to know that e-cigarettes are dangerous to youth and young adults.

E-cigarettes have already quickly taken hold within our communities, and by 2014 they surpassed conventional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. Any tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, is a health threat, particularity to the youth and young people (youth ages 11-17 and young adult ages 18-24).

The increase in youth markets is largely due to how e-cigarette companies market to young people and their susceptibility. Young people are particularly susceptible to the marketing tactics of these companies. One study showed that among adolescents (13–17 years of age) who had never used e-cigarettes, a single exposure to a set of four televised advertisements for popular brands resulted in significantly greater intention to try e-cigarettes—more than 50% higher! E-cigarettes have been widely promoted on social media platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook; most of these social media sites do not require age verification. YouTube is the most popular videosharing website globally and features many e-cigarette videos.

It is up to parents, teachers, health care providers and other leaders to make it clear to the young people of America that e-cigarettes are not safe, they contain many harmful chemicals, and are NOT OKAY for kids to use.

Let me know what you think! Leave comments below.

Dr Mike

To read more: http://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov

Smoking, Kids, and Cavities

January 11th, 2017

We all know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, pregnancy complications, and is a major risk factor for periodontal disease (advanced gum disease.)

Recent studies have also linked periodontal disease to increased risk of heart attack, stroke and other serious diseases. Smoking can also affect pint-sized patients who inhale the cigarette exhaust that others puff into the air! A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology takes the first look at the influence of passive smoking on the oral health of children.

Researchers compared children whose parents smoked with kids whose parents did not. The study’s findings revealed that smokers can indirectly harm the oral health of their children! Researchers measured saliva for levels of the chemical cotinine, a major product of nicotine processing, in the body. Cotinine generally stays in the body longer than nicotine. The level in one’s saliva correlates with that in the blood. Children who had been exposed to parental smoking had greater levels of the substance in their saliva than the children whose parents were non-smokers. What’s more, youngsters who had higher saliva levels of cotinine also fared worse on oral dental exams.

Nicotine addiction is a tough habit to break. So if you do smoke, be thoughtful of others and never smoke near children. Obviously, compared to cancer, cavities may seem almost insignificant, but painful tooth decay in children can distract them from their studies, can lead to the loss of permanent teeth or systemic infections and even, in rare cases, death.

Cavities in baby teeth may also lead to long-term problems in adult teeth.

That said, parents and grandparents, next time you need motivation to stop smoking...think about your kids’ and grandkids’ teeth.

Give them something to smile about...your health, and theirs.

Dr Mike


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