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We know how important brushing is to our teeth, but do you know why flossing is important to the health of our mouth?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that think brushing is enough to keep our mouth healthy from bacteria and plaque, but this is not the case. In order to clean your mouth properly, brushing and flossing both need to be utilized.

Bacteria can easily get in between your teeth and around your gums. If this bacteria remains in your mouth, the chances of cavities and gum disease increase. Flossing reaches areas of your teeth that your toothbrush can not. In order to properly clean your mouth, flossing needs to be part of your dental health routine. If you would like to make sure you are flossing your teeth correctly, click here.

At-home hygiene is important, but scheduling regular trips to the dentist is also an important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian in North Royalton, OH.

Many people have started using water flossers to help keep their teeth clean, but is traditional floss still necessary if you use a water flosser?

Yes. Keep in mind that water flossers are only an adjunct to brushing and flossing. If you only use water flossers and don’t floss you can still get cavities in between your teeth. You need to break the contact between your teeth with floss. Dr. Florian recommends hand flossing first to get the food debris out, then brushing to remove stain and plaque and then water flossing to finish the clean. Substitute Listerine for water to kill bacteria and your smile will love you for it!

Besides properly brushing and flossing your teeth, visiting the dentist on a regular basis is important for keeping your smile healthy. If you're due for a cleaning or have any questions about the health of your teeth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian today.

We know dental visits can create a little anxiety, but there are some people that experience severe anxiety or even a phobia of the dentist. 

9-15% of U.S. adults do not visit the dentist due to anxiety, but avoiding the dentist is never a good idea. If you or someone you know experiences dental anxiety and is struggling to schedule a visit, here are some tips that can help ease the worry.

Focus on Breathing

Focusing on your breathing is an excellent way to keep your mind from racing and has been shown to ease anxiety.

Bring a Friend or Family Member

Take a good friend or family member with you to help you feel more comfortable. If someone is sitting in the room with you it may help you feel more at ease.

Listen to Music

Music is a great way to keep your thoughts from racing and helps to block out any of the noise that may be going on during the cleaning or procedure.

If you experience dental anxiety, do not avoid the dentist. Routine trips to the dentist is an important part of protecting your mouth from dental health issues. If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, be sure to speak with Dr. Florian to discuss how we can help your visit as comfortable as possible. 

The next time you buy a pack of gum, make sure you pay attention to the ingredients.

The American Dental Association (ADA) found that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following a meal can help prevent tooth decay.

Saliva is essential for fighting cavities and the act of chewing increases saliva. Saliva helps remove food that is stuck between your teeth, neutralize acids and creates disease-fighting substances. 

But won’t chewing any gum do the same thing? 

Although the act of chewing does increase saliva, the sugar in gum that contains it mixes with saliva and stays in your mouth for long periods of time. This can lead to an increased risk of cavities. Chewing sugar-free gum that uses ingredients such as sorbitol or xylitol, which are sugar substitutes, increase saliva without allowing sugar to harm your teeth.

It is important to remember that chewing sugarless gum is not a substitute for brushing or flossing. To see which brands of gum are good for your teeth, be sure to view the American Dental Association’s approved list.

If you are concerned about the health of your gums or you’re due for a six-month cleaning, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian today.

Fluoride has been held in high regard by the dental community as an important mineral that is absorbed into and strengthens tooth enamel, thereby helping to prevent decay of tooth structures.

Your tooth enamel is made up of minerals that experience “demineralization” and “remineralization” each day. Demineralization occurs when the minerals in the tooth enamel begin to dissolve due to acids. When minerals are deposited back into your tooth enamel, this is called remineralization. Things such as calcium, fluoride, and phosphate help replenish enamel.

Although these two processes occur daily, you may experience more demineralization than remineralization. When this occurs, your teeth may begin to decay. This is why fluoride is so important in keeping your teeth healthy.

During our daily life, we use and consume things each day that contain small amounts of fluoride. But the fluoride you receive in the dentist's office works the best to restore your tooth enamel.

Different Ways We Get Fluoride

There are a number of ways that we consume fluoride, including:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Fluoride treatment from the dentist
  • Fluoride supplements (used for children age 6-16)

If you would like to learn more about the importance of fluoride, click here.

Dr. Florian is a dentist located in North Royalton, OH. If you are due for a cleaning or have any concerns about your teeth or gums, be sure to schedule an appointment today.

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