Posts for: June, 2012
Does everyone need bracketed braces or can my teenager use Invisalign? Many teenagers can get great results from Invisalign but many times, the teenager may have major crowding and brackets are the only way to truly straighten the teeth. If crowding is not severe, then Invisalign is a great choice. We find many teenagers are very motivated and stay in compliance better than some adults. Have your Invisalign Preferred Provider consult with your teenager to make a recommendation.
Periodontal disease takes years to develop and is “silent” in how it progresses. Brushing and flossing twice a day helps. Also, eating the right foods helps. Gum disease or periodontal disease rarely cause symptoms like pain or puffy tissue. When in the early stages, the patient usually does not know they have this serious infection. If the infection continues for months or years, teeth become wobbly because the bone around the tooth root becomes unstable. Eventually, the teeth fall out. So, brush and floss to save your teeth!
Should you floss first or brush first is a very common question to dental hygienists. The answer is to floss first. Flossing first dislodges any food particles that you can brush away after flossing. If you brush first, floss second, then those particles can remain on the teeth.