Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Tom Hanks' Abscessed Tooth Gets Cast Away
...By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth...

Advancing Gum Disease Requires Your Dentist's Intervention
...An initial form of the disease known as gingivitis occurs in most people after just a few days without brushing or flossing...

Clear Aligners Provide a Less Embarrassing Orthodontic Choice for Teens
...Brushing and flossing are also much easier with aligners, which don’t pose the same access problems as traditional braces...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves...

Actor David Ramsey Says: Don't Forget to Floss!
... Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them...

Pay Attention to Gum Disease Warning Signs for an Early Diagnosis
... Bleeding, though, is often overlooked as normal, perhaps from brushing too hard...

Cosmetic Gum Surgery Can Help Restore Lost Tissues Around Teeth
...But resilience isn’t the same as invulnerability: your gums can be weakened by periodontal (gum) disease or by over-aggressive brushing that causes them to shrink away (recede) from the teeth they protect...

Keep Alert to These Signs of Impending Tooth Decay
...It’s essential to remove it daily through diligent brushing and flossing and more thorough office cleanings at least twice a year...

Sofia Vergara: 'Obsessed' With Oral Hygiene
...You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile! So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups...

Quitting Smoking Decreases Your Risk of Implant Failure
...It’s also critical that you practice good oral hygiene — both brushing and flossing — to minimize the occurrence of dental disease and see us for regular checkups and maintenance appointments...

Johnny's Teeth Aren't Rotten Any More
...But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants...

Dr. Travis Stork: Don't Ignore Bleeding Gums
...Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely...

How Big Bang Theory Actress Mayim Bialik Gets Her Kids to Floss
...If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack...

FAQs About Pediatric Dentistry
... Make sure your children have an effective daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing at least once per day...

FAQ: Dental Care During Pregnancy
...That’s one reason why regular brushing and flossing are so important during pregnancy — as are routine professional cleanings...

4 Tips for Avoiding Dental Disease While Wearing Braces
...Brushing with braces can be difficult, especially in areas blocked by orthodontic hardware...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
...When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health...

Watch What Carbs You Eat to Reduce Your Risk of Further Gum Disease
...You may be seeing us for dental cleanings and checkups more frequently and you have to be extra diligent about your daily brushing and flossing...

A Child's Teeth Grinding is Normal - But You Should Still Keep an Eye on it
...To avoid these problems, it's best to keep your child's teeth as healthy as possible by practicing daily brushing and flossing, and regularly seeing a dentist for cleanings, treatments and preventive measures like topical fluoride or sealants...

3 Tips for Helping Your Kids Develop Great Tooth-Friendly Habits
...The most important thing you can do is train them in effective brushing and flossing...

3 Situations for Seeing a Periodontist
...And practice daily brushing and flossing as well as obtaining regular dental cleanings to keep plaque accumulation to minimum...

Good Reasons for Choosing Clear Aligners for Orthodontic Treatment
...This makes brushing and flossing much easier, and they can also be removed for eating or special occasions...

Baseball's Francisco Lindor Shines as "Mr. Smile"
...Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office...

Stop Root Cavities with Prevention and Prompt Treatment
...They happen mainly because the roots have become exposed due to gum recession, a common consequence of periodontal (gum) disease and/or brushing too hard...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it...

A New Resolution - Floss!
...While brushing your teeth twice a day effectively removes much of the food debris and dental plaque from your teeth, brushing alone is not sufficient to remove all the plaque that forms on your teeth and around your gums...

NBC Star Delivers a Message about the "Perfect" Smile
...So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright...

Brushing & Flossing with Braces
...Let's start with the basic brushing tools: Either a soft-bristle brush or a bi-level brush (one that has shorter bristles in the middle and longer bristles at the edges) can be effective...

Invisalign for Adults
...Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing...

Invisalign for Teens
...Because they're removable, there's nothing to keep you from brushing and flossing everywhere in your mouth, just as you would without appliances...

Post-Orthodontic Care
...Fixed retainers are cleaned by brushing and flossing; a floss threader or interproximal brush can also be a helpful cleaning tool when needed...

Orthodontics & Dental Hygiene
...Keep eating healthy foods like carrots and apples — but cut them into bite-sized pieces first! And don't chew on ice, pencils, or your nails: these habits can cause damage to your appliances, and even result in chipped teeth! Daily Maintenance You know how important brushing and flossing are for keeping a healthy smile — especially now that you're in orthodontic treatment...

How To Brush
... First, the reasons why: Brushing is an effective way to remove plaque — a sticky, bacteria-laden biofilm that clings stubbornly to your teeth...

How To Floss
...Brushing is a good start — but flossing removes plaque in places a brush can't reach, like the small gaps between teeth and under the gums...

Interdental Cleaning Devices
Almost everyone understands the importance of regular brushing and flossing to their oral health...

Mouthrinses
Numerous studies have shown that using an appropriate mouthrinse, in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing, is an easy and effective way for you to improve your overall oral health...

Oral Hygiene for Kids
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Toothpaste
...Today, most have a similar set of active ingredients, including: Abrasives, which help remove surface deposits and stains from teeth, and make the mechanical action of brushing more effective...

Inlays & Onlays
...Conscientious daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings at the dental office are all you need to make sure your restoration lasts for years to come...

Porcelain Veneers
... Caring for Your Veneers Just like the teeth nature gave you, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day...

Teeth Whitening
...First of all, please maintain your usual, conscientious routine of brushing and flossing every day, and keep up with your regular schedule of professional cleanings at the dental office...

Tooth Decay Prevention
...Is your brushing technique adequate...

Tooth Wear
...The most common source of abrasion is traumatic toothbrushing, meaning that you are using a toothbrush that's too hard or applying too much force when you brush...

Age One Dental Visit
...Tips on cleaning and brushing effectively will be reviewed and a follow-up visit will be scheduled as required...

Sealants
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Teething
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Gum Grafting
... One is ineffective oral hygiene: This includes both inadequate brushing, which fails to remove dental plaque; and excessive brushing, which erodes the tissue...

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
...You will be instructed in the most effective brushing and flossing techniques, and given recommendations for products that you should use at home...

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
...Still, there are some important things to look for: Bleeding gums — Some people think that when their gums bleed, it simply means they're brushing too hard...

Cleft Lip & Palate Repair
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Wisdom Teeth
... You may want to eat soft foods for a few days after the extraction; likewise, be careful when brushing or putting anything in your mouth until your healing is complete...

Aging & Dental Health
... Sometimes, decreased mobility (due to arthritis or similar conditions) makes routine brushing and flossing more difficult...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
...This could occur in many dental procedures - and it could also occur during routine activities like chewing, brushing and flossing...

Blood Pressure Medications & Your Gums
... In addition to regular dental cleanings, you will need to be extra vigilant at home: proper brushing technique and the use of interdental cleaners (such as floss) are needed to clean the spaces between teeth is a must...

Fluoride
...If you maintain an effective daily routine of brushing and flossing, and avoid sugary and/or acidic foods and beverages, your decay risk will likely be low...

Nutrition & Oral Health
...If you do occasionally have a soda, swish some water in your mouth afterwards — but don't brush your teeth for at least an hour! Doing so could make it easy for tooth enamel, already softened up by acid, to be eroded away by brushing...

Oral Piercings
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Pregnancy, Hormones & Oral Health
...Wait a full hour before brushing your teeth...

Preventive Dentistry
...Daily effective brushing and flossing will go a long way toward removing the dental plaque responsible for dental disease, tooth loss, and the need for more complex dental treatment...

Dental Implants FAQs
... They require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
...You can probably return to normal activities the following day, but you may want to avoid eating hard or crunchy foods or brushing vigorously for a few days afterwards...

Root Canal Treatment FAQs
... Keep your teeth decay-free by brushing and flossing every day...

Tooth Sensitivity
...This can be caused by genetic factors, periodontal disease, excessively vigorous brushing — or a combination of all three...

Implant Dentistry
...Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent this...

Oral Health
...Effective oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day to remove plaque from between the teeth...

Oral Hygiene
...Using a therapeutic mouthrinse has been proven to control plaque bacteria and prevent cavities better than brushing and flossing alone...

Pediatric Dentistry
...Starting at age 2, when there are more teeth in the mouth, establish a daily brushing routine with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and no more than a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste...

Periodontal Therapy
... Your Role in Periodontal Health Dental plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease, so it's essential to remove it every day with effective brushing and flossing...

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