Three Resolutions for Your Teeth
It’s that time again—the beginning of the New Year when resolutions are in full swing. We’d like to wish our patients a healthy and happy New Year and give you a few dental-inspired resolutions to consider in 2017.
• Commit to flossing. Brushing twice each day won’t keep plaque under control by itself. If you aren’t the best at flossing—the New Year offers a great time for you to start!
• Quit smoking. Did you know that smoking doubles your risk of developing gum disease, not to mention heightens your risk of other serious illness?
• Schedule an appointment with our practice. Make sure your oral health is the best it can be by visiting us for a professional cleaning.
On your next visit, ask us what else you can do to keep your teeth healthy in 2017.
Seal Away Trouble for Your Children
If you could protect your child’s teeth from cavities, wouldn’t you? With sealants, you can! As parents, we’ll do anything we can to keep our children safe, happy and healthy. But when it comes to helping them achieve good oral hygiene, there’s more to it than just brushing day and night.
A sealant is a painless, protective coating placed on top of the chewing surface of your child’s back teeth to help limit decay, plaque buildup and keep the teeth healthy—think of it as painting a clear finger nail polish on your teeth.
Sealants can be placed and sealed in just one visit, making them a simple and easy solution to better your child’s oral health.
If you’re wondering if your child could benefit from sealants, give our practice a call today.
Do Your Gums Bleed When You Floss?
It’s no secret that flossing is an important part of practicing healthy oral hygiene habits. Every now and then, it’s not uncommon to notice a bit of bleeding during the process. But how much is normal and why does it happen?
There are a few different causes of bleeding gums, including plaque buildup, vitamin deficiencies and bacteria in the mouth. If you’re just starting to floss more often, it’s not uncommon to notice bleeding gums, though it should diminish when your mouth gets accustomed to the new habit.
If this happens, try incorporating a mouth rinse into your new flossing ritual to further cleanse and calm the gums.
If your gums continuously bleed when flossing, it may be time to change up your dental regimen as it could be a warning sign of periodontitis or gum disease. Schedule an appointment with our practice to make sure your mouth remains healthy!