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Forgot to Floss? It’s Not Too Late!

You know you need to floss everyday…but you forgot the last week. So why bother flossing now?

Flossing techniquesFlossing daily helps control tartar build-up on your teeth. Plaque is continually developing on your teeth which causes cavities and gum disease. By flossing you remove the colonies of bacteria and germs so they don’t accumulate quite so long. Even flossing two or three times a week helps. So it’s never too late to start flossing.

No time to floss? It doesn’t have to be right before bed. You can floss in the morning, or anytime during the day. Keep the floss by your favorite chair so you can do it when watching TV. It’s more important to do it, rather than what time of day it is done.

The proper technique for flossing is important also. Make sure to form a “c” around your tooth and bring the floss up and down on the sides of the teeth, not just between the teeth. Do your gums bleed when you floss? By using the “c” technique, you will prevent the floss from cutting the gums. The bleeding may also be caused by inflammation from the accumulated bacteria. It should go away within a week or two of regular flossing.Plastic floss holder

Everyone, including kids should floss.  Does arthritis or a lack of dexterity keep you from flossing? Try using a plastic floss holder.  Do you have a bridge or braces?  Use a floss threader.  Just keep on flossing!

Add a Dental Visit to This Year’s Spring-Cleaning List.

Evanston Dentist CleaningA professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education.

A prophylaxis, also known as a ‘prophy’ or professional dental cleaning, is an important part of your at-home oral health regimen.   It is designed to preserve the health of your teeth and gums, prevent the spread of disease and give the dentist an opportunity diagnose areas in the mouth that may need attention.”

According to the AGD it is strongly recommended that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every three to six months. People who have healthy teeth and gums typically do not experience soreness after a cleaning.  Those with less-than-perfect oral hygiene habits may experience discomfort or heightened sensitivity during a dental cleaning. The dentist can use a topical anesthetic before the cleaning to alleviate pain.  It may also be beneficial for you to schedule more frequent hygiene appointments (every 3-4 months) until you are able to perfect your oral hygiene skills.

 

Do I Really Need to Wear an Athletic Mouthguard?

Athletic mouthguardAn athletic mouthguard is a flexible appliance that is worn during athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma.

Custom-fabricated mouthguards are essential for preventing athletic oral/facial injuries, such as broken teeth and jaw fractures. Mouthguards should be worn when participating in activities such as basketball, softball, football, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating, martial arts, skateboarding and bicycling(especially mountain biking or BMX). Don’t forget the winter sports such as hockey, skiing and ice skating.

You should wear a mouthguard anytime there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or with hard surfaces. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Inc., dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports-related activities.

What kind of mouthguard do I need?

There are three types of mouthguards. The stock mouthguard is the least expensive and offers the least protection. This mouthguard requires the user to close their jaw to hold it in place so it may interfere with speech and breathing. This type of device is acceptable for facial protection.

How mouthguards help to protect athletesThe mouth-formed mouthguard is softened in hot water, placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth by using a finger or tongue and sometimes biting pressure. This provides some degree of protection but it usually will be bulky and have a loose fit. This is the most convenient for children since they are growing and their mouth changes rapidly.

A custom-made mouthguard made by your dentist is the best choice for the best protection, fit and comfort. Since it is made from a model of your teeth it stays is place and is the least bulky of all the options.

Common Habits Can Chip your Teeth!

Woman biting her nailsThough enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it can be damaged.   Using your teeth to open bottles, tear tape, open packages or biting fishing lines can chip your teeth.  Biting your nails or chewing on pencils can also damage your teeth.

Woman opening a package wih her teeth

 

Beware of chomping on seeds, popcorn kernels or even ice.   Your teeth are for chewing food. They are not tools.

 

Woman opening a bottle with her teeth

 

So the next time you hear your mom say “don’t use your teeth to open the bottle,” thank her for the reminder.

Mouth Guards an Important Oral Aid for All Athletes

Mouth guard in hockey player Do you know an athlete that plays youth sports?  There are many activities adults and our children participate in that could put their teeth and gums in harms way:  Football, rugby, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, soccer, handball, kick boxing.  Each of these activities can be dangerous to the teeth.  The ADA (The American Dental Association) recommends wearing a properly fitted athletic mouth guard.

Dr. Marinic usually recommends that his patients first try the Inexpensive athletic mouth guards which are worth the price when it comes to protecting those beautiful teeth.  There are several sport stores in Evanston area where you can purchase an appropriately sized mouth guard.  Dr. Marinic can also make you or your child a custom mouth guard at his office.  To further discuss you or your child’s options, call Dr. Marinic’s dental office at 847-475-8700.