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5 Reasons why flossing should be at the top of your to-do list!

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5: Flossing and Brushing Are More Effective Than Brushing Alone

A toothbrush works by physically removing plaque — a sticky, bacteria-laden film — from your teeth with its soft bristles. But brushing has one big drawback: A toothbrush’s bristles can’t adequately clean between the teeth or under the gums

4: Flossing Protects Your Gums, Too

The places where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing plays its major role. Floss can get into the space between the teeth and gums, removing much of the food and plaque that a toothbrush or mouthwash can’t move.

3: Flossing Can Save You Money

FACT: For a report published in 2005, CDHP researchers studied the costs of dental care for children who had their first dental checkups before one year of age versus children who had their first visit to the dentist after that age. By their fifth birthdays, the children in the first group had overall dental care costs some 40 percent lower than their peers

2: Flossing Helps Prevent Other Diseases

Tooth and gum disease can have effects that go far beyond discolored teeth, discomfort or bad breath. Extensive research has shown that the bacteria that flourish in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, leading to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness.

1: Flossing Prevents Tartar Buildup

Flossing allows you to remove the plaque that causes tartar while it’s in its early form: sticky, but soft and pliable. Since plaque doesn’t harden into tartar until it’s been undisturbed for a period of time, regular flossing can keep buildup from happening.

So the next time you decided to skip over the flossing……

Think twice!                      

 

Childhood Sleep Apnea

Between 20%-50% of the Pediatric & Adolescent population seen in the dental chair may have a sleeping disorder, often un-diagnosed. Unlike in adults where the chief complaint is fatigue and snoring, children experience daytime hyperactivity, behavioral issues, irritability, neurocognitive impairment, and poor school performance. Quality of sleep has a huge impact in the lives of our children. As a dentist trained in Dental Sleep Medicine there are varies internal and external oral signs and symptoms we witness during our oral examinations day in and day out in our office.

Just to mention a few:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Allergic shiner or dark spots underneath the eyes
  • Small archesImage
  • Big tongue
  • Runny nose
  • Snoring
  • High palate 
  • Gingivitis

The AAP ( American Academy of Pediatric) guidelines recommend that children who snore be tested for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. If the child is diagnosed with OSA the recommended procedure is Adenotosillectomy, weight loss, or CPAP if surgery is not conducted. If you know any kids suffering with these symptoms come in for a complimentary Dental Sleep Apnea screening or call us at 305.535.2225 for more information. 

 

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