Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Proper Flossing Techinques

Gum disease begins at the gum line and between teeth. Daily flossing is an important part of your oral health care routine to help remove the plaque from these areas where a toothbrush doesn’t completely reach. But to truly reap the benefits, you need to use proper flossing technique.
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association explains the key elements of proper flossing technique in four simple steps:

  1. Wind approximately 12-18 inches of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a one- to two-inch length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
  2. Keep a one- to two-inch length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.
  3. Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a scrubbing motion. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.
  4. Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.
This technique applies to any type of floss. It doesn’t matter whether you start with your upper or lower teeth, or whether you start in the front or the back. Just make sure that you floss all your teeth, including the back side of the very last tooth on the left, right, top and bottom of your mouth.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Brighter, Whiter Smiles

Everyone wants to have the whitest smile possible these days, so the question is – which products will work the best for me? There are so many choices out there, and it can be hard to decide which product to use. Studies have shown that peroxide-based whiteners, which actually bleach the tooth enamel, work very well. Over the counter whiteners contain anywhere from 6% to 10% peroxide, while whiteners obtained from a dental professional may contain up to 20% peroxide. “Whitening" toothpastes are very popular and do provide additional stain removal, but ultimately do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth. Sensitivity after whitening is very common, but should diminish after the treatment has been completed. Use of desensitizing toothpaste, such as Sensodyne, may help while whitening to decrease sensitivity. 
Our practice offers the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System. We have found the results pleasing to us and our patients. To find out more on how Opalescence could work for you click the link below.