To Floss or not to Floss?

To Floss or not to Floss?
To floss or not to floss, that is the question. In his September 4 opinion post in Medical Daily, Dr Tim Pruett states that the media storm started in August with the Associated Press article on the value of flossing will have little impact because 80% of people don’t floss regularly anyway. This raises a question: why are there so few regular flossers? After all, don’t dentists and hygienists admonish their patients, every 6 months, to floss every day

Dental Caries: Breaking the Cycle

Dental Caries: Breaking the Cycle
Dental caries, better known as tooth decay or cavities, is the most common disease in the world. It affects 92% of the world’s population and it is almost totally preventable. The caries disease process has 6 stages, as defined by the International Caries Detection and Assessment System. Stages of Dental Caries Stages 1, 2 and 3 are the reversible stages of the disease, which we can alter with simple behavioral changes. Stage 4 requires only minimal inte

Supervised Flossing and Brushing in Park City

The school year has been over for a while. Families are traveling to exotic places and to our beautiful State Parks enjoying the simple pleasures of outdoors living. As I myself enjoy the lazy days of summer,  I want to take this time to reflect on this past school year, what we have accomplished at TeethFirst with Supervised Flossing and Brushing in Park City, and offer some suggestions on steps schools can take in helping children achieve and maintain go

Are Your Dishes Cleaner Than Your Teeth?

Are Your Dishes Cleaner than Your Teeth? Chances are they are, unless you floss and brush after each meal like I do. If you don't,then your dishes are cleaner than your teeth. Think about it. Do you wash your soiled dishes only every other meal or less? Do you clean only 60% of your dirty silverware? Would you reuse the fork you ate breakfast with, unwashed, to eat your lunch? Yet, you put all kinds a foods in your mouth, sticky, mushy, gooey fo