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Should I brush before I floss?

Should I Brush Before I Floss Picture Of Toothpaste And Toothbrush

The age-old question – should you floss before you brush or after? If you asked any one of our team members, you just might get a different answer on this one! 

 
Before you report them for not knowing their stuff, each response can be right! As long as you’re doing a thorough job, we don’t care when you floss! 
 
The Case for Flossing Before Brushing
Theoretically, flossing first dislodges the gunk between your teeth, letting the fluoride in your toothpaste reach those crevices better. 
 
Also, behavioral scientists say since most people don’t like to floss, it’s better to get the least-pleasant half of your dental routine out of the way first – you’ll ...

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Long-Term Dangers of Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. And the best way to prevent periodontal disease is through good oral hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing at least twice per day and visiting your dentist regularly. 

The symptoms of periodontal disease include swollen or sore gums, bleeding gums, and painful chewing. 

If you have any of these symptoms, don’t wait to make an appointment with your dentist. Untreated periodontal disease has potentially serious side effects, including tooth loss. Some studies have even suggested a direct link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis, heart attack, and stroke. 

Types of Periodontal Disease

Chronic periodontal disease is caused by plaque buildup, which leads ...

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How Apples are Good for Your Teeth

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People have been asserting that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” since the 19 th century. While it may not necessarily be true that those who eat apples never have to see a doctor, apples certainly have great health benefits for our bodies!

 
 Did you know they can even be good for our teeth? Let’s take a look at what the research says … It’s widely thought that chewing a crisp, fresh apple can help brush away plaque on our teeth. We’re not too sure on this one, as some studies show a higher plaque content on teeth after eating an apple. At the same time, there is evidence ...

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Health Risks Associated with Sleep Apnea

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According to several studies, millions of people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that means you stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Snoring is the hallmark of this condition, but this symptom sometimes goes unnoticed. We don’t hear ourselves snore, after all. 

Early symptoms of sleep apnea you might notice include:

  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Jaw pain, due to teeth grinding 
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Snoring
  • Feeling tired during the day

Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to potentially serious health complications, which include but are not limited to: 

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Dental issues, due to teeth grinding
  • Depression
  • Poor concentration 

Dentists Are Leading the Way in Sleep Apnea

Dentists are often the first medical professionals to notice the signs and ...

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What type of toothbrush do I need

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Electrical or Manual Toothbrush: Which is Better?

 
This is one of our most frequently asked questions!
 
Our answer? It’s not the brush that matters, it’s who’s doing the brushing. Let’s break that down. The goal of tooth brushing is to remove plaque from your teeth on a consistent (daily!) basis, so that we prevent the buildup of tartar which leads to tooth decay. A manual toothbrush is a great and inexpensive tool that helps us do just that. Make sure to brush two minutes per day, twice a day. Gently brush ALL surfaces and make sure to reach those back molars.
 
For some people, it can be difficult to brush properly with a ...

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Feeling Tired When You Wake Up? It Could Be Sleep Apnea

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Some studies indicate that as many as a billion people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for short periods during the night.

If you’re like many sleep apnea sufferers, you probably aren’t aware that you have the condition. Short pauses in breathing may not be enough to wake you up, so you don’t remember not breathing. But the next day you may feel tired and irritable or find it difficult to focus on daily tasks.

Other symptoms include headaches, snoring, and dental pain. The latter because some sleep apnea sufferers grind their teeth while asleep. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead ...

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3 Signs of Sleep Apnea and How to Talk to Your Dentist about Them

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that means you stop breathing for short periods while asleep.

Sometimes these episodes can occur dozens of times during the night, leaving you feeling exhausted and headachy the next day. Sleep apnea can even cause dry mouth, sore throat, and jaw pain. If not treated, sleep apnea also increases your risk for more serious conditions like high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

You’re probably wondering how this is related to your dental health. The answer is simple; dentists can prescribe things like mandibular advancement devices to help you breathe better, and they are often ...

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