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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
afterward.
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!

SEAL OUT DENTAL DECAY

December 12th, 2016

Dental sealants can prevent decay in the most vulnerable areas—the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth.

Fast, Painless and Proven Effective!

Brushing and flossing help prevent decay by cleaning the smooth surfaces of your teeth. The brush brissles are too small reach deep into the grooves, but the bacteria can easily reach these areas. Sealants help prevent decay by “sealing out” bacteria and food from those impossible-to-reach nooks and crannies.

They’re Not Just for Kids!

Some insurance companies have recognized the adult benefits, and they have started offering coverage! Even if insurance companies do not cover the service, often the out-of-pocket expense is less then a copay on one filling!

The sealant is applied to grooves and fissures of tooth surfaces, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. They require no anesthsia. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants can last several years before a reapplication is needed.

Dr. Mike


We Can Prevent Needless Dental Emergencies!

December 1st, 2016

Study authors recently showed that tens of thousands of dental patients were hospitalized over a 9-year period for a preventable condition. Your regular care in this office can prevent dental infections!

A first-of-its-kind study found that hospitalizations for untreated tooth abscesses are on the rise. The study of 61,439 patients hospitalized for oral infections was conducted by the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Their findings were published in the Journal of Endodontics. The number of patients hospitalized for dental infections—that could have been prevented with in-office care—rose nearly 42 percent!

“Over 89 percent of the patients with dental infections were hospitalized after an emergency room visit, indicating a lack of regular preventive care,” noted lead researcher, Andrea Shah.

Study co-author, Kelly Leong, warned, “By the time these infections require hospitalization, they are serious, and though it is rare, they can even be fatal.”

According to the study, “Left untreated, these abscesses can...spread infection to nearby bone and facial tissue, potentially eroding the bone and requiring surgery to clear the infection and reconstruct the bone.”

The researchers pointed out that, “[Oral] infections can be detected with a simple dental [x-ray] and clinical exam. Preventive care every six months would help stop the infection (P. Gingivalis) from getting out of control.”

Preserve Your Well-Being...and Your Wallet!

Your typical bill for an average 3-day stay for treatment of an abscessed tooth—could run you about $14,245! Yet the cost of a preventive dental exam, restorative filling or even a root canal pales in comparison!

Early on, you may have no symptoms; however, an oral infection can progress rapidly. If it’s been more than six months since we’ve seen you and your family, please schedule your oral exam today!

Dr. Mike

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