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July 17, 2017
1 week ago

There are many benefits to using floss and to using a WaterPik. Patients often ask me about which is better and if one replaces the other.

My answer to patients is always this: you should use what works best for you and what you feel most comfortable with. It really is a case by case basis depending on many factors that will be addressed below.

I do not believe that a WaterPik is a replacement for dental floss; however, for patients that admit to me that they hate flossing and won’t do it, I do tell them to invest in a WaterPik.41bC+NCHvrL

For patients that floss daily and are managing to keep their gum tissue healthy, I do not think a WaterPik is always needed. As long as the tissue remains healthy and I do not see changes, these patients can continue on with daily flossing.

There are things to consider when deciding whether to take up daily flossing or use of a WaterPik that I will review below:

Cost: Keep in mind that the WaterPik will be more expensive than floss. They range between $30-$100 and are easily purchased either in store or online. Ask your dental hygienist and doctor if they have a specific recommendation of which to use. It is important to note that the plug-in Waterpiks will have more power and better attachments to use than the battery-operated travel Waterpiks.

Ease and Dexterity: Though string floss is easy for some to use, it can take a long time to perform properly. There are also patients that have trouble positioning their fingers properly in order to reach each area of their mouths. For these patients I will often suggest trying a Waterpik to see if it is easier as an alternative solution.

Electric Outlet Availability: I think string floss is great because you do not need an electrical outlet. I keep my floss in my purse so that if I have a free moment I can easily grab it. It’s also great in case I’m out and have something stuck in between my teeth. For the WaterPik most require an electrical outlet to work. As mentioned above, there are travel ones available that are battery-operated; however, they are not as powerful and do not come with as many attachments.

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Patients in Braces: For patients in braces a Waterpik is a great tool. Since it is difficult to floss while wearing braces, it is common for the gums to become inflamed as plaque and food debris stick to the wires, brackets, and can be tough to clean. The motion of the Waterpik dislodges much of the food debris and plaque around the gums and brackets which help keep patients in braces healthier throughout orthodontic treatment.

Flossing Quality: In order to get the full benefit of the string floss, it is important for patients to use it properly. Below I will go over some tips for flossing; however, make sure to ask your dentist or dental hygienist for flossing tips next time you are in for a check-up and cleaning.

Flossing Tips from a Pro:

While flossing I find it easiest to use satin floss called Glide which is made by Oral-B. This floss never shreds or tears and it is gentle so I am not damaging my gum tissue.

Be sure thousandoaksfamilydentistryto wrap each side of the tooth fully, making a “c-shape” with the floss. This will allow you to get the floss underneath the gum line which is where the plaque starts to build. By moving the floss string up with a rotating movement and steady pressure, the plaque can be dislodged and removed.

Keep in mind you do not want to move the floss directly down into the tissue. This can not only damage the tissue it can also shove food particles and plaque deeper under the gums, making it harder to reach and more of a problem.

Hopefully these tips help! If you have further questions come see myself and Dr. Cirka for a free consultation where we check the health of your teeth and your gums. Hope to see you soon!

-Dr. Jessica Meier, D.M.D.

December 26, 2016
7 months ago

Dental caries (cavities) is the most common disease in children 6-11 years old and adolescents 12-19 years old. This disease is largely preventable, yet it remains more common than asthma among adolescents.

Tooth decay has significant consequences. Children with severe dental problems can have trouble eating and sleeping, paying attention to parents and concentrating in school.

To combat this major public health epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has implemented fluoridation of community water supplies.

istock_000007558591xsmallThis has been ongoing for more than 60 years now and research has proved that fluoridation of the community water is not only safe but very effective.

Water fluoridation has been proclaimed by the CDC as one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. The overwhelming research that supports this proves that water fluoridation has been effective in reducing dental decay by 20-40%.

In fact, for most major metropolitan areas it is estimated that every $1 spent on water fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment. The CDC also estimates that without water fluoridation there would be an estimated 51 million school hours lost every year due to dental issues in the US.

In the United States more than two-thirds of the population is fluoridated properly and this is greatly benefiting the country. In just the past five years alone more than 125 communities in 36 states voted to 12866469_safluoridate the water supply.

Fluoridation is a tried and tested technique and has proven to improve public welfare. Be cautious when reading information on the internet or listening to non-reputable sources like junk science. Keep in mind the most widely respected sources for information are the American Dental Association and the CDC. Both of these institutions fully support the use of water fluoridation and have proven time and again the overwhelming benefits of water fluoridation for the country.

If you have any questions about the use of fluoride and its benefits be sure to ask your dentist and dental hygienist at your next check-up and cleaning.

November 27, 2016
8 months ago

Nutrition is key when it comes to the health of your teeth. If your diet is full of sugary and acidic foods then you bet your teeth will be full of cavities. On the other hand if you are eating foods rich in certain nutrients you can protect your teeth and gums from harmful bacteria.

Here are seven foods that you should be eating that can help you keep your teeth strong and healthy:

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Carrots are great because they are full of fiber and vitamin A. If you eat a few raw carrots after a meal it will stimulate the salivary glands and this increase in saliva is protective and will help to prevent cavities.

Almonds

Eating almonds is a great addition to your diet. They are rich in protein and calcium which help both your teeth and your overall body to stay healthy. By adding a quarter cup at dinner time or lunch time you can make a difference.

Leafy Greens

These greens are not only low in calories, they are also full of minerals and vitamins. Foods like kale and spinach are also great sources of calcium which enriches oral health. What’s more is they contain a B vitamin called folic acid which has lots of benefits for your health. Try making a fresh juice or smoothie with them to ensure you get these benefits.

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Fruits like apples have a high water and fiber content. Like carrots they are also great at producing saliva which reduces the risk of cavities. The fiber in the apples will help the gums too by stimulating the areas acting as a natural toothbrush. This is not a replacement for using a toothbrush however it will help give the teeth a good scrub after eating.

Cheese

Research shows that when you eat cheese the pH level in your mouth will rise. The pH level is important because the lower it goes when we eat acidic foods, the more the bacteria are able to grow and multiply. Cheese also contains calcium and protein which are nutrients that strengthen the enamel.

Celery

Celery can seem annoying to eat because of all the strings it contains, however these fibers bristles will act like a natural toothbrush similar to an apple. They will scrap the particles of what you eat and this action removes bacteria too. Celery is a source of vitamins A and C which will boost the health of your gums since they are powerful antioxidants. The high water content is also good for your general health.

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Similar to cheese, yogurt has calcium and protein which make the teeth stronger and healthier. The probiotics in yogurt also will benefit the gums because these bacteria will try to take over from the bad bacteria which can help avoid cavities. Make sure to check the label however because some brands will add sugar.

Your diet makes a big difference when it comes to a healthy smile. If there is something you are eating that you are not sure is protective or harmful, be sure to ask your dentist at your next checkup and cleaning. In addition to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier can answer nutritional questions for you.

Be sure to schedule your next appointment with us!

October 2, 2016
10 months ago

The American Dental Association recommends using floss once a day. Patients will often ask if this should be done in the morning or at night. What we find is that as long as you are flossing around the same time each day, then you will be less likely to forget to do it. It’s more about forming a habit and once it is part of your routine you are much less likely to forget.woman-flossing-close-up-oral-health

Without being given proper instructions, it can be tricky to know if you’re doing a good job flossing. Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts about flossing that will help you stay on track: (more…)

September 19, 2016
10 months ago

 Have you even been in the dental aisle at the drug store and completely overwhelmed by all of the different choices of toothpaste there are? It can be tricky knowing which toothpaste is People at the gymthe best for your health when there are so many options!

This article will help you navigate the dental aisle more easily in order to make the best decision possible. Here are 9 tips for picking the best toothpaste for you: (more…)

June 26, 2016
1 year ago

What are the warning signs of Gum Disease?

Often patients are suffering from Gum Disease and they do not even know it. Gum Disease, also know as Periodontal Disease, is infection and chronic inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissues. Since it is painless in the majority of cases, patients are unaware of what is happening until they are in late stages of the disease.
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June 16, 2016
1 year ago

Over-the-Counter Nightguards: Why Can’t I just Do-It-Myself?

woman in painIt is important to have a dental professional make an appliance that will protect you from clenching and grinding your teeth. Some patients clench and others grind. Only a dentist can provide a proper diagnosis and the type of nightguard which will work best. Using the incorrect nightguard, wearing it improperly, and not following up with your dentist after its placement can all cause problems for you, the patient. Grinding causes fractured teeth resulting in root canals and crowns, bridges or even implants. (more…)

June 3, 2016
1 year ago

Oral Cancer-Am I at Risk?

smokerThe most common places that oral cancer begins invading the body are the tongue and the floor of the mouth. These growths can be serious and are usually a form of squamous cell carcinoma. Often they will spread to the lips and if left untreated the cancer will continue to spread to other body parts. The most common places it will travel to are the lips, floor of mouth, tongue, hard and soft palate, the sinus cavity, cheeks, and throat. As with many cancer the presentation of oral cancer may be the origination or it could also be a result of another cancer metastasizing and spreading from another body part. The most important thing in survival is early diagnosis and detection. If oral cancer is caught early there is a significantly greater chance of beating it.  Seeing Philadelphia dentists Dr. Ken Cirka or Dr. Jessica Meier can detect early cancer before it spreads.  Take advantage of our free new patient special which includes a free oral cancer exam. (more…)

June 3, 2016
1 year ago

5 Easy Tips to Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

brushing teethThe gums and the teeth are frequently overlooked important areas of our health. Not only will healthy teeth give you a beautiful smile, they will increase your quality of life. While there is some effort involved in keeping the teeth healthy, the benefits are enormous and I’m confident you will have no problems performing them. (more…)

June 3, 2016
1 year ago

Top 10 Reasons for Tooth Sensitivity

sensitivityDo you have sensitive teeth? If you have something hot, cold, sour or sweet does it cause discomfort or even pain? (more…)

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