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Flossing, necessary or optional??

December 14, 2016

Filed under: Dental floss,Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene,Uncategorized — Dr Gillis @ 1:43 am

Flossing, necessary or optional?? People are still asking is it necessary to floss?  They read the recent news article that said in effect that no studies have proven that flossing is beneficial.   Many people were left questioning, ‘flossing, necessary or optional?’ It is amazing to me what a controversy a news article can cause.  The simple answer is YES we should floss! Let me […]

Dental Floss – Avoid Strangling Your Fingers!

February 3, 2016

Filed under: Dental floss,Dental Health,Oral Hygiene,Uncategorized — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 6:33 pm

Dental Flossing without Strangling Your Fingers Our office has found the following technique for using dental floss to be helpful! Can we eliminate finger strangling from dental floss? For many people, flossing is just difficult.  Using dental floss is awkward.  It requires good dexterity.  It is a bit messy.  And, sometimes, it hurts!  Not just the teeth and gums either!  The gums may hurt especially if […]

Avoiding the Dreaded Strangled Finger When Flossing!

June 3, 2015

Filed under: Dental floss,Oral Hygiene — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 2:47 pm

Avoiding the Dreaded Strangled Finger When Flossing! Yes!! It is possible! And, Easy. It is easy to minimize this uncomfortable sensation when flossing!  Let me demonstrate! You are almost there!   Now you can really get to flossing!       By wrapping the floss around a middle finger and leaving the other end free you will have freedom to floss with a first finger […]

My Dentist just placed a bridge to replace my missing tooth. How do I floss it?

May 30, 2012

The teeth on my bridge are attached together so I can’t floss them like my other teeth.  How do I clean below my new bridge?   The result? Your new bridge should last for years! You might be the only one (other than your dentist) who knows that you have a missing tooth. Please contact our office if you have questions about porcelain veneers, all-porcelain […]

Flossing is Good, But Flossing Correctly is Awesome!

February 3, 2012

So, how do you floss correctly? Dental floss is made of either a bundle of thin nylon filaments or a plastic (Teflon or polyethylene) ribbon used to remove food and dental plaque (see below!) from teeth.  Correct flossing pulls harmful bacteria and food particles out from below the gums and massages the tissue.  Bacteria are constantly accumulating on your teeth and gums.  It takes a few […]

Dental Floss – A history and does floss type matter?

November 22, 2011

(Submitted by my hygienist, Pam) Recently a patient reminded me of a saying I hadn’t heard in a while.  “You don’t have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.”  Hopefully we all want to keep all our teeth for the rest of our lives.  And research has shown that flossing can prolong life, up to 10 extra years!   In 1815, […]