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Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Seven Easy Ways to Prevent Gum Disease
...Daily flossing removes the plaque that settles in between your teeth, in places where your brush can't reach...

Cleaning Dental Implants: How to Protect Your Investment
...Your job is to maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home with daily brushing and flossing, and to come in to our office regularly for professional cleanings...

Brushing and Flossing - Two Key Elements to Avoiding Dental Disease
... Effective oral hygiene depends on two primary tasks: brushing and flossing...

Advanced Periodontal Disease Requires an Aggressive Treatment Strategy
...Once the disease gains a foothold in the area below the gum line, routine brushing and flossing will not be enough...

Keep Tooth Decay Away
...Diligent brushing and flossing, along with routine professional cleanings, help limit a buildup of bacterial plaque (biofilm)...

Gum Disease: A "Silent" Problem You Shouldn't Ignore
...But when oral hygiene (namely, brushing and flossing) is inadequate, the environment in the mouth becomes favorable to those harmful types...

More Than a Clean Feeling - Professional Cleaning Enhances Oral Health
... Professional cleaning performed by a dental hygienist is only one half of an overall hygiene plan; the other half is your own daily habit of brushing and flossing...

Take Care of Your Gums and They Will Take Care of You
...The best way to stop the process is to remove each day's buildup of plaque by properly brushing and flossing your teeth...

Taking Care of your Teeth During Pregnancy Helps Both you and your Baby
...It's important then to practice good dental hygiene during your pregnancy: brushing your teeth at least twice a day with an American Dental Association (ADA) approved fluoridated toothpaste, flossing and using an ADA approved mouth rinse that deters the buildup of plaque and the occurrence of gingivitis...

Take Heed to the Subtle Warning Signs of Gum Disease
... Long-term success, though, will depend on improved oral hygiene (brushing and flossing), regular office cleanings to remove difficult to reach plaque and calculus, and checkups to monitor the condition of your gums...

Be Sure Your Dentist Knows You're Undergoing Aspirin Therapy
...You may notice gum tissue bleeding after brushing or flossing; while this is normally a sign of periodontal gum disease, it could also be the result of your aspirin therapy...

Frequently Asked Questions about Inlays and Onlays
... A: Both inlays and onlays are strong and long-lasting restorations that need no more care than you would normally give your teeth: namely, regular brushing and flossing, and periodic checkups at our office...

Determining the Cause of Tooth Looseness Key to Effective Treatment
...It’s also imperative for you the patient to start and maintain an effective hygiene regimen of daily brushing and flossing, along with professional cleanings every three to six months depending on your degree of vulnerability to gum disease...

Professional Cleanings Help you Maintain Healthy Teeth and Gums
Every good oral hygiene regimen has two parts — the part you do (brushing and flossing) and the part we do (professional cleanings and checkups)...

To Fight Tooth Decay Reduce "BAD" factors, Promote "SAFE" Ones
...We want to reduce their population by removing dental plaque (where they feed and grow) through daily brushing and flossing, and, at a minimum, semi-annual office cleanings...

Confusing Tooth Pain
...Effectively removing plaque from your teeth on a daily basis with routine brushing and flossing is your best defense against developing gum disease in the first place...

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Risk for Tooth Decay
...Brushing at least once daily (twice is better) removes plaque, while flossing removes plaque between teeth that can’t be reached with a brush...

Facts About Those Amazing Wonders Called Teeth
...With daily brushing and flossing and at least a couple of visits a year to our office for cleanings and checkups, you can help thwart many of those enemies...

While Usually Benign, Lichen Planus Lesions Should Still be Examined
... If the lesions do become bothersome (painful, itchy or overly-sensitive), there are some ways to ease discomfort: brushing with a soft toothbrush (to minimize irritation), flossing, and avoiding acidic or spicy foods and beverages which have been known to cause flare-ups...

Restoring Health and Appearance Through Periodontal Plastic Surgery
... Gum recession can occur for a number of reasons: poor oral hygiene; over brushing and flossing; malocclusion (a poor bite); personal habits, like biting down on hard foreign objects; or poorly fitted dentures or other appliances...

Five Facts about Gum Disease
...When oral biofilms are not regularly disturbed by brushing and flossing, the disease-causing types tend to predominate...

Topical Fluoride can Enhance Your Child's Dental Care
... A topical fluoride treatment isn’t a stand-alone application, but a regular part of your child’s dental care of daily brushing and flossing and semi-annual dental cleanings and checkups...

Keep an Eye on your Gums to Catch Disease Early
...Bleeding gums after moderate brushing or flossing could indicate normally resilient gum tissues have begun to weaken...

Your Veneers Have 'Staying Power' - if Cared for Properly
...It’s important, then, that you properly practice daily brushing and flossing, along with keeping up regular office cleanings and checkups...

4 Reasons You Should Begin Your Child's Dental Visits by Age One
...We can advise you on all aspects of dental care, including brushing and flossing techniques, nutrition dos and don’ts, and how to handle situations like late thumb sucking...

Brushing & Flossing with Braces
...While it's easy to use, an oral irrigator isn't a substitute for a toothbrush or dental floss — but when used along with proper brushing and flossing techniques, it can be very effective...

Invisalign for Adults
...Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing...

Invisalign for Teens
...Because they're removable, there's nothing to keep you from brushing and flossing everywhere in your mouth, just as you would without appliances...

Post-Orthodontic Care
...Fixed retainers are cleaned by brushing and flossing; a floss threader or interproximal brush can also be a helpful cleaning tool when needed...

Orthodontics & Dental Hygiene
...Keep eating healthy foods like carrots and apples — but cut them into bite-sized pieces first! And don't chew on ice, pencils, or your nails: these habits can cause damage to your appliances, and even result in chipped teeth! Daily Maintenance You know how important brushing and flossing are for keeping a healthy smile — especially now that you're in orthodontic treatment...

How To Brush
... Variations for Comfort If you're having trouble with the two-finger method, here's another way to try flossing: Just tie the same amount of floss into a big loop, place all your fingers (but not thumbs) inside the loop, and work it around your teeth with index fingers and thumbs...

How To Floss
...Flossing is probably your single most important weapon against plaque, the clingy bacterial biofilm that sticks to the surfaces of your teeth...

Interdental Cleaning Devices
Almost everyone understands the importance of regular brushing and flossing to their oral health...

Mouthrinses
Numerous studies have shown that using an appropriate mouthrinse, in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing, is an easy and effective way for you to improve your overall oral health...

Tips to Prevent Cavities
...Flossing is particularly important because a toothbrush can't reach in between the teeth the way floss can...

Inlays & Onlays
...Conscientious daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings at the dental office are all you need to make sure your restoration lasts for years to come...

Porcelain Veneers
... Caring for Your Veneers Just like the teeth nature gave you, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day...

Teeth Whitening
...First of all, please maintain your usual, conscientious routine of brushing and flossing every day, and keep up with your regular schedule of professional cleanings at the dental office...

Tooth Decay Prevention
...Keeping up a regular habit of brushing and flossing, getting adequate fluoride, and a diet with limited acidic foods is certainly helpful...

Gum Grafting
...Your regimen should include proper brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, a healthy diet and regular dental and periodontal checkups...

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
...You will be instructed in the most effective brushing and flossing techniques, and given recommendations for products that you should use at home...

Professional Teeth Cleanings
...It may be possible to prevent this from occuring in the future with oral hygiene measures you can perform at home (such as improved flossing techniques or special mouthrinses); it might also indicate that you need more frequent in-office cleanings...

Aging & Dental Health
... Sometimes, decreased mobility (due to arthritis or similar conditions) makes routine brushing and flossing more difficult...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
...This could occur in many dental procedures - and it could also occur during routine activities like chewing, brushing and flossing...

Fluoride
...If you maintain an effective daily routine of brushing and flossing, and avoid sugary and/or acidic foods and beverages, your decay risk will likely be low...

Preventive Dentistry
...Daily effective brushing and flossing will go a long way toward removing the dental plaque responsible for dental disease, tooth loss, and the need for more complex dental treatment...

Professional Teeth Cleanings
...It may be possible to prevent this from occuring in the future with oral hygiene measures you can perform at home (such as improved flossing techniques or special mouthrinses); it might also indicate that you need more frequent in-office cleanings...

Dental Implants FAQs
... They require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings...

Root Canal Treatment FAQs
... Keep your teeth decay-free by brushing and flossing every day...

Implant Dentistry
...Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent this...

Oral Health
...Effective oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day to remove plaque from between the teeth...

Oral Hygiene
...Using a therapeutic mouthrinse has been proven to control plaque bacteria and prevent cavities better than brushing and flossing alone...

Periodontal Therapy
... Your Role in Periodontal Health Dental plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease, so it's essential to remove it every day with effective brushing and flossing...