Posts for: May, 2014
Most patients ask us about their dental health and equate pain with problems. Many times dental problems may fester without pain. Conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth decay are not painful. If pain occurs, then typically there is a more serious problem that could be costly. Keeping your teeth flossed, brushed and regular exams will help prevent pain.
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, those particles can remain on the teeth.
Decay occurs when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and/or starches of the foods we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay.