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

A Smile Tells A Deeper Story

A Smile Tells A Deeper Story
A Smile Tells a Deeper Story There’s nothing more heartwarming than to see a child beam with a smile. Whether it’s an infant displaying adorable gums or a preschooler teasing you with a mischievous grin, their expression tells a story—they’re happy and confident. We want our children and grandchildren to have every advantage for a happy and healthy life. That includes oral health. The Story Behind a Reluctant Smile Although no one called me an ugly duc

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

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