Posts for category: Preventative Care
Even the crocodile has his own toothbrush - it's the Plover. This bird flies into the croc’s mouth and cleans its teeth. Maybe not twice a day but...
Brushing alone misses 40% of your tooth surfaces – so yes, flossing is very important.
Three out of four dental patients keep their toothbrushes longer than they should. Whenever you place a toothbrush into your mouth, it can be contaminated with bacteria microbes. These little critters can live on a toothbrush for weeks. It is recommended that you clean your brush regularly and replace it every three months, and always after you have an episode of the flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious bacteria can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.
Many parents ask if they should have sealants placed for their children and teenagers. We recommend sealants because they act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are typically applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs the most. Although brushing and flossing help to remove food particles from the smooth tooth surfaces, they cannot reach all the way into the grooves and depressions. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” food and plaque.
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. The Oral Cancer Foundation states that while smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals. They recommend annual exams for all patients age 18 and older. Dentists are often the first line of defense against oral cancer, through the process of early discovery. At Park Crossing Dentistry, we offer our patients an inexpensive, non-invasive 2-minute test in the hygienist’s chair to detect the early signs of oral cancer.