February 18, 2015
Flossing is an essential part of any oral health care routine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve optimal oral health. By flossing daily, you help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brusing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.
When is the best time to floss? Before I brush or after?
The most important thing about flossing is to do it. Pick a time of day when you can devote an extra couple of minutes to your dental care. People who are too tired at the end of the day may benefit from flossing first thing in the morning or flossing after lunch.
And don’t forget, children need to floss too! You should be flossing your child’s teeth as soon as he or she has two teeth that touch. Because flossing demands more manual dexterity than very young children have, children are not usually able to floss well by themselves until they are age 10 or 11.
Keep in mind that flossing should not be painful. You may feel discomfort when you first start flossing, but don’t give up. With daily brushing and flossing, that discomfort should ease within a week or two. If your pain persists, talk to your dentist.
If you find flossing difficult, consider a different flossing method. People who have difficulty handling dental floss may prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner such as a wooden plaque remover, dental pick or pre-threaded flosser. Ask your dentist how to use them properly to avoid injuring your gums. It could be that you simply need to try another type of dental floss—waxed, unwaxed, thick or comfort floss. Stick with it and you’ll have adopted a healthy habit for life.
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May 20, 2014
National Smile Month is May 19 – June 19
Is your smile your best accessory?
Since oral health directly impacts the health of the rest of the body, here are some tips to help you smile with health and confidence.
- Brush 2 Min./2 Times a Day – Always brush twice a day for two minutes for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems.
- 2. Floss Daily
- Use Sonicare – It uses ultrasonic sound waves to remove more of the plaque and debris that can be quite difficult to remove with a manual toothbrush.
- Make A Dental Appointment – Please call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design 719-599-0700
- Cracked, broken, decayed, worn or missing teeth – Missing teeth lead to bone loss, facial aging, speech impairment and nutritional deficiencies. We encourage you to call our office to schedule a consultation to learn about the life-changing benefits of Dental Implants.
- Teeth whitening – Beautiful white teeth are one of the easiest and most immediate ways to help you look younger and more attractive. Dr. Gasper provides Zoom Teeth Whitening which can make your teeth up to 8 shades brighter in just one visit as well as Deep Bleaching for tough stains.
- Beautiful Smile, Well Balanced Face – Orthodontists should address more than straightening teeth. Functional Orthodontics will reshape and reposition the upper and lower jaws. It has been shown that proper alignment and shape helps avoid problems such as TMJ disorders, migraines, and airway/breathing disorders.
Celebrate National Smile Month with Dr. Gasper and his staff at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs. 719-599-0700
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January 21, 2014
Attention Teens! Orthodontic treatment is an important investment in your future. Everyone helping with your orthodontic care wants you to have the best results possible.
While you are wearing braces, it is essential that you take care of your teeth and gums.
The hygienist at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design has seen many teen patients lately who haven’t been taking good care of their teeth while wearing braces.
She shares some tips on the whys and how of protecting your smile while wearing braces.
Greater Risk of Tooth Decay
The brackets and wires on braces have many nooks and crannies that can trap food and plaque. This means your risk of tooth decay and gum problems may be higher while you are wearing braces.
Permanent damage to tooth enamel (such as white chalk marks due to decalcification) can occur if the teeth and brackets are not kept clean.
How To Keep Your Teeth Clean
1. Remove the plaque – Use an electric tooth brush like Sonicare and brush for the recommended, full 2 minutes.
2. Use a Waterpik – A Waterpik Water Flosser with the Orthodontic Tip is designed with a tapered brush on the end to help remove plaque that sticks to the brackets and between your teeth. It also helps flush out the bacteria and food debris from around teeth and under the gums.
3. Use a Platypus Flosser – Features a Spatula end to fit under the arch wire and a Bracket Pick for around brackets. Free samples are available at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design.
While you are having orthodontic treatment, you need to continue to have regular check-ups with Aesthetic Dentistry by Design to ensure little problems don’t become big ones. 719-599-0700
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January 9, 2014
We found a good blog article over at “Untrained Housewife” titled, “How dental floss can save your life.”
Here some excellent tips from the the blog:
Dental Floss Can Save Your Life – Buy Some
I used to floss my teeth about twice a week thinking that was good enough, but I constantly found myself with mild gingivitis. In case you didn’t know, gingivitis can kill you, literally. How? Gingivitis leads to heart disease. Yes, that sounds crazy, but it can.
If you love your family, buy some dental floss today and make sure everyone uses it.
No matter what age or how far apart your teeth are, food particles can get stuck.
Brushing removes the surface debris and plaque from the tooth itself and can get a small portion of the gum line, but the bristles just can’t get below the gum line well enough to do the job right.
If you use dental floss properly, the floss gets deep below the gum line and removes any leftover food particles that brushing leaves behind.
When leftover particles are not removed, inflammation begins and leads to gingivitis, which can lead to heart disease, which can lead to death. Yes, that was a long way to put it, but dental floss can save your life.
Make sure to schedule regular teeth cleaning appointments with your dentist.
We encourage you to call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs at 719-599-0700.
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December 29, 2013
Here is the the easiest habit to compliment your goals to lose weight, exercise and get healthy in the New Year.
Good oral health is really about your body’s overall wellness.
Just like exercise and healthy eating, flossing will also help prevent gum disease which can prevent:
- Heart disease
- Low birth-weight babies
- There have even been studies that indicate flossing can play a role in staving off the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Having healthy teeth isn’t just about looking great (although that’s a nice perk!).
Good oral health is really about your body’s overall wellness.
So brush right, brush often and floss daily!
Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design to reserve your hygiene appointment: 719-599-0700
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December 5, 2013
The Hygienists at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs understand if you are too tired at the end of the day to floss. It doesn’t matter when you floss, just as long as you do it once a day!
Try keeping floss in:
- Your car.
- Your desk drawer.
- In a kitchen drawer.
Our Hygienists also understand if you don’t long, stringy dental floss, there are several flossing options available. And, we have samples of many of these products for to try out.
Floss Picks – Feature an easy-to-use design. These are especially helpful for parents to floss their kids.
Reach Flosser – Easily reach back teeth with it’s convenient toothbrush-like handle and disposable snap-on heads.
Butler Soft Picks – Flexible bristles that comfortably slide between teeth and along gums. Tapered to fit between small spaces.
Rotadent Points – Cleans in difficult-to-floss areas, such as under bridges and porcelain crowns. Effectively massages and stimulates the gums. Being highly flexible, Rota-points can easily be bent or shaped before or after insertion between teeth.
Please call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs for your hygiene appointment. 719-599-0700
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September 19, 2013
In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, we asked our hygienists, What kind of toothpaste and floss do you use/recommend?
Christine: I like Colgate Total because it makes my mouth feel very clean. I like waxed floss for me. I believe you can use any tooth paste or floss you like. Just make sure the toothpaste has some Fluoride in it.
Gina: I recommend any toothpaste with Fluoride. If the patient has tooth sensitivity, then a less abrasive type, for sensitive teeth is best.
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The 2013 National Dental Health Month theme is “Brush. Floss. Rinse. Chew.” which continues to encourage healthy habits for healthy living. What are some tips that patients can practice to have good, healthy habits (oral and overall).
Christine: I suggest flossing while watching TV. You get the chore done before you are too tired and fall asleep.
Gina: It’s good to chew gum with xylitol, especially if unable to brush immediately after eating. Many children and adults are not brushing their tongue regularly. Drinking water throughout the day is very good for our teeth and our bodies.
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October is National Dental Hygiene Month!
We asked our Hygienist at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design:
Where do you keep your floss?
In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, we asked our hygienist, where do you keep your floss and where are some of the craziest places you have flossed?
I always have some in my purse, just in case.
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August 20, 2013
Here are ten facts you should know about flossing:
Food and bacteria like to hide in the spaces between your teeth and no matter how thoroughly you brush your toothbrush bristles just can’t reach them. That’s where flossing comes handy!
The Nylon floss is more widely used. The waxed variety is sturdier and is generally used by people with braces or smaller spaces between teeth. It is also easier to slip it between teeth because of the wax coating.
Nylon floss usually tears or shreds when used between teeth with tight contact points.
Dental floss is commonly supplied in plastic dispensers which may contain 10 to 100 meters of floss. They are also available in single-use holders. Floss picks have specially designed plastic handle to hold the floss.
Older adults who have trouble manipulating floss with their fingers can use battery-operated electric floss which removes plaque effectively and is safe to use. The device contains a floss-like string that vibrates rapidly between the teeth. The vibrating action stimulates the gums too.
Floss gently and thoroughly once a day, preferably after you are done with eating for the day, i.e. before you go to sleep.
Flossing prior to brushing is thought to facilitate fluoride from the toothpaste to reach between your teeth
To floss efficiently, you need to break off and wrap about 18 to 20 inches of floss around your middle fingers, winding each end of the floss into middle finger of each hand leaving a few inches of floss to clean your teeth with.
Irregular and improper flossing can lead to bleeding gums. When you insert the floss at the top of the tooth and guide it gently downwards between your teeth you need to take care not to snap the floss into the gums. You should place it beneath the gum line and gently curve the floss around each tooth making a C-shape and then remove food debris by scraping the side as well as front and back of each tooth with back-and-forth motion.
Use a clean section of floss to clean each tooth. This will avoid transferring plaque bacteria from one tooth to another.
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