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Flossing: A Key Component To Your Oral Health

February 18, 2015

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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. 522449_10152137211779663_322374174_n

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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Could Your Colorado Springs Smile Do With a Few Porcelain Veneers?

September 17, 2014

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Porcelain veneers are designed to cover and conceal the front surfaces of teeth that are stained, chipped, or exhibit a host of other cosmetic blemishes. Made from highly-advanced dental porcelain that closely resembles healthy, natural tooth structure, veneers may be the answer to drastically improving your smile without extensive or multiple cosmetic procedures.

They offer a near-total smile transformation with minimal preparation.

A Look at What Veneers Can Do

Because the restorations are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, porcelain veneers offer a wider range of benefits than most other cosmetic options. Usually, veneers are recommended if a patient’s teeth are:

  • severely stained or discolored
  • chipped or slightly cracked
  • shorter than surrounding teeth
  • slightly crooked or misshapen
  • spaced too far from an adjacent tooth

Find Out if Veneers are Right for You

If you’d like to know whether veneers are right for you, then schedule a visit as soon as possible for a personal, comprehensive consultation and examination.  Call the office of Dr. Ken Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design at 719-599-0700.

Zoom Whitening Special, Colorado Springs

July 7, 2014

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How can parents help their children avoid cavities?

February 4, 2014

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

How can parents help their children avoid cavities?

Christine: First off avoid a lot of sugary drinks (Soda & Gatorade). Watch sticky foods and candies.  Brush and floss your teeth regularly. Use Fluoride toothpaste and rinses. Have Sealants placed on your teeth and of course see your dentist and hygienist regularly!

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Orthodontics: It’s More Than Just Straight Teeth

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

Tell us about Functional Orthodontics.

Christine: I have worked with Dentists who have provided functional orthodontics for the past 9 years. My son has had functional orthodontics. 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.

Learn more about Functional Orthodontics at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design here.

Call for your consultation 719-599-0700

Children & Sports – It only takes a second to break a tooth

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienists:

What are your thoughts on the UnderArmour Mouth Guard?

Christine: I do believe mouth guards are important to wear during sports.   It only takes a second to break teeth.

Learn more about UnderArmour Mouth Guards here.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design for your consultation. 719-599-0700

Chewing gum and kids: Yeah or Nay?

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienists:

Chewing gum and kids. Yeah or Nay?

Christina: I think gum is OK as long as it is sugarless and you don’t dispose of it on the ground or on the furniture.  Xylitol (a type of sugar) found in many gums has been shown to reduce decay when used in certain amounts.

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Teens Interested in a Dental Career

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienists:

If any teens are interested in going into the dental field, what advise do you have for them?

Christine: See if they can visit and observe in a local office.  Also make sure you like Biological Sciences.

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How long should a parent help their child brush their teeth?

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

Until what age should parents help their children brush their teeth?

Christine: I believe parents should be involved with home care of the teeth until the child has good dexterity.  This may not occur until age 7-9.  Every child is different.


Your Child’s First Dental Visit

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

At what age should parents bring their child to the dentist for their first visit? And what are your tips for preparing your child for their first dental visit?

Christine: Children should have their 1st visit when they are emotionally ready but no later than 3 years of age.  Parents should look at the teeth regularly and have the child looked at if any dark spots or suspicious areas are noted.   Prepare your child for the dentist by only saying positive things about a dentist. Speak with excitement.  Read books about dental visits and have them watch you or a sibling at the dentist.

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