Posts for: October, 2020

October 26, 2020
Tags: Prevention  






It's that spooky time of year again! Yep, It's the week of Halloween 2020!!  Although 2020 has been a very interesting year, to say the least, if you do plan on going door-to-door trick or treating, attending a party dressed in a clever, silly, or scary costume, or simply staying home and devouring all of that candy that you purchased, please keep in mind the following tips from the American Dental Association to help reduce tooth-decay!

  • EAT TREATS WITH MEALS. Instead of sitting down with just your bag of candy, eat a couple of treats at one of your well-balanced meals.  The saliva production increases during meals, washing out food particles and helping to neutralize cavity causing plaque acid.
  • CONSIDER CHEWING ADA-ACCEPTED SUGARLESS GUM AFTER MEALS. Certain sugarless gums have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for scientifically proving that chewing the gum for 20 minutes after meals helped prevent tooth decay because the gum increases saliva production, neutralizing cavity causing plaque acid.
  • DRINK WATER AFTER TREATS.  Water can help wash away the sugar from the candies.
  • BRUSH & FLOSS.  Floss once a day, brush twice a day and eat three balanced meals a day.
  • MAINTAIN REGULAR DENTAL CHECK-UPS.  Regular dental cleanings and exams can reduce your risk for dental problems.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our Dental Office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Drs. Thomas & Riddel

October 22, 2020
Category: FLOSS
Tags: Prevention  






Dental floss is similar to a lot of products that depend mainly upon the consumer's preference. Fact is, floss comes in a very wide variety of flavors, coatings, and other variations, but all types of floss essentially do the same thing.  After all, the most important thing is to buy a dental floss that is functional at cleaning the areas in between your teeth.  If you want to know what the best dental floss is, the answer is the kind that enables you to successfully and regularly clean those areas.  So to help you find the right type of floss for you, here are some options. 

FLAVORED DENTAL FLOSS. Many people that floss prefer a flavored dental floss. Unlike unscented floss, flavored floss freshens their breath while simultaneously removing the bacterial plaque.

FLOSSERS. There are also products on the market called flossers, which usually consist of a plastic instrument with strung floss and a pick on the opposite end.  This option can be both effective at cleaning the areas between your teeth and scraping off the plaque. Technique is the key.  Even with flossers, make sure that the floss forms a "C-shape" around the tooth while flossing. 

GENTLE DENTAL FLOSS. Some people find that typical dental floss is too harsh on their gums.  For that reason, some companies make floss with a soft coating that is less abrasive on the gum tissue.

Of all of the previously mentioned options, it is difficult to name an absolute best type of floss. However, the best rule of thumb is to find a floss that gives you the greatest chance of succeeding at consistently flossing on a daily basis.

If you have any questions, or are in need of an appointment, call our Dental Office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Drs. Thomas & Riddel

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