How To Effectively Floss Your Teeth

Everyone understands these days that flossing your teeth is extremely important to the overall health of you mouth and teeth. However what we may or may not know is how to effectively floss your teeth. This article goes in depth on how exactly you are to floss your teeth to keep your mouth in the best shape possible. With all of the data now emerging about the health of our mouth being directly related to to the overall health of our bodies, it is more important than ever to be doing things correctly.

Use the most effective dental floss. There are
several varieties available and you can choose the one that best matches
your personal preference, including waxed, unwaxed, flavored and
unflavored. Here’s what you need to know to make a decision about which
type of floss is best for you:[2]

  • Waxed dental floss tends to slide between teeth more easily.
  • If you have wider gaps between your teeth, then tape floss may work best.
  • Floss can come in two main forms: Nylon (or multifilament) and PTFE
    (or monofilament). Single-filament floss is slightly more expensive, but
    it will be able to slide between teeth more easily and will be less
    likely to shred. Each container of floss lasts a long time, so using
    non-nylon floss is a worthwhile investment.


Know Your Teeth – What Color Is Your Smile?

Depending on the environment in which you keep your teeth, the amount of care that you put into keeping your teeth clean, and our DNA all play major roles to what color your teeth are. There are many professional and over the counter applications made to make your teeth whiter. Make sure to talk to your dentist before starting any over the counter whitener.

There is beauty in the magic splendor of softly falling flakes of snow against the backdrop of winter’s color palate, but when it comes to teeth, most people want one shade: the whitest white that white can be. Unfortunately, teeth come in many shades and can change color from a variety of causes.


As the tooth enamel develops, the color can be affected by many factors, says Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Howard S. Glazer, DDS, FAGD. “White, bright teeth certainly help maintain a youthful appearance,” said Dr. Glazer. Unfortunately, stains from food and drink can darken teeth over time, usually resulting in a yellow or orange hue. Illness, heredity or environmental factors can cause discoloration. In rare cases, injury can discolor teeth.


Maternal use of certain antibiotics, notably those of the tetracycline family, during pregnancy can cause brown or gray discoloration of the baby’s tooth enamel. Children who take this medication during the period of permanent tooth development may have similar discoloration of the permanent teeth.


But you don’t have to live with a dull smile, says Dr. Glazer. “With today’s techniques and materials, we can change the color of a patient’s teeth to provide a more healthy, youthful appearance,” he said.


Professional tooth-whitening products can improve enamel color in many instances, although severe discoloration may require bonding procedures for good cosmetic results. Contact your dentist to obtain a proper diagnosis and to learn what treatment options are available.

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Know Your Teeth – What Are Veneers?

While many of us may have received veneers as part of an oral surgical implementation, we might not know exactly what it is that is going into our mouth. This article does a great job of explaining what and how veneers work and what they accomplish. Also, what kind of preparations are needed on the dentists side to get you ready for implants.

Patients may need up to three appointments for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation and bonding.

It’s critical that you take an active role in the smile design. Spend time in the planning of the smile. Understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. Have more than one consultation, if necessary, to feel comfortable that your dentist understands your objectives.

To prepare the teeth for the veneers, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. Composite resin veneers are generally done in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material onto your teeth. For ceramic veneers, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This may take several days. If the teeth are too unsightly, a temporary veneer can be placed, at an additional cost.

When your ceramic veneers are ready, the dentist places each veneer on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, view the results, and pay particular attention to the color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The color cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a light beam hardens the cement.

How about maintenance?

For about a week or two, you will go through a period of adjustment as you get used to your “new” teeth that have changed in size and shape. Brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, your dentist will ask you to return for a follow-up appointment.

What are realistic expectations?

Veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth. Nevertheless, this procedure can greatly enhance your smile and can heighten self-esteem.