Is Mouthwash Actually Necessary?

To ask whether mouthwash is necessary is like asking whether brushing your teeth is necessary. The answer depends on what level of mouth health one wishes to maintain. And that level will determine the amount of time and energy required on a daily basis.

Most people utilize brushing, flossing and using mouthwash as part of their oral care, along with visits to the dentist at least occasionally. When you consider the time and effort involved, brushing and flossing are probably at Read the rest of this entry »

Your Key To Understanding The Different Types Of Floss

Daily flossing is critical to reducing cavities between teeth and for preventing gingivitis, a gum disease that leads to tooth loss.

Dental floss comes in various types, thicknesses and flavors. If you have questions, ask your dentist. Remember, the very best floss is the one you use every day.

Multifilament Floss. This type includes nylon and silk floss.These are the older types of floss. Silk floss was the first type, invented in 1815.

Monofilament Floss. This newer type is a single filament made of rubber or plastic. This is a less expensive and more common Read the rest of this entry »

Overcoming Fear: Sitting In The Dentist’s Chair

Most people feel at least a little apprehension when visiting the dentist. But for some, sitting in the dentist’s chair is a very real fear. And since everyone needs to go to the dentist to maintain oral and overall health, the fear has to be properly managed. Here are a few tips for feeling more at ease during your next dental appointment.

1. Always tell your dentist when you’re in pain. If you feel pain after your dentist administers novocaine, ask to get another injection. Most people don’t like going Read the rest of this entry »

How Dental Health Is An Indicator Of Overall Health

Oral health is a-lot more important than many people realize. In many cases, people who have poor oral health also have physical health problems. Bacteria can very easily accumulate in the mouth. Most of the bacteria inside of the human mouth is harmless, and regular flossing and brushing can help eliminate the bad bacteria. However, poor dental hygiene can cause the bad bacteria to accumulate in excess, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Read the rest of this entry »

Is It Time For Your Child’s First Dentist Visit?

Oral hygiene is a very important part of overall health. Proper dental habits should be introduced as early as possible. Most parents are encouraged to take their children to the dentist once they reach 1 year of age. However, new experiences can be confusing and even frightening to small children. Parents and guardians should be prepared to guide their little ones throughout their very first trip to the dentist.

What to Expect
Many pediatric dentists are more than equipped to handle Read the rest of this entry »