The answer to this question is that flossing first can help to loosen bits of plaque between the teeth. If people do not eliminate plaque from the teeth and between the teeth that cause decay, their oral health will suffer. Brushing teeth removes plaque from along the surface of the teeth.
As people mature in life, sometimes different aspects of oral health can become more complicated. The population that is 65+ years is growing every year and by 2030 is predicted to be over 20% of the United States. The average lifespan for both men and women is also increasing each year. This means that patient education is very important to maintain quality oral health for as long as possible.
Everyone knows that drinking water on a daily basis is good for the body. But, we find that many people don’t realize just how essential water is for their overall health. Staying properly hydrated is vital for a happy, healthy individual. Not to mention the importance of water for your oral health!
Although some people dislike the idea of ‘x-rays’ at the dentist, radiographs are one of the key diagnostic tools for determining someone’s overall oral health. This month’s blog will investigate the different types of radiographs that are taken, why they take them, and the importance of them for diagnosing oral disease.
As the end of the year rolls around, it was once again time for the Stephens Dentistry Holiday Festivities. While we do like together and celebrate the end of the year as an office, we also like to incorporate a continuing education lecture into our plans. This year we decided we would go to the Wisconsin Dental Club’s gathering which is hosted at the Grand Geneva Hotel, for a two day lecture course focused on strengthening our dental practice.
Sometimes the medical referral system can be really confusing. That is doubly true for dentistry. Between an endodontist, oral surgeon, prosthodontist, periodontist; sometimes it can be mystifying as to who exactly a patient is being sent to. While an oral surgeon or endodontist (‘root canal specialist’) may be better understood, sometimes patients wonder what exactly a periodontist does.
Every day, whether it’s in real life or on TV, we are constantly seeing people with porcelain veneers. So many people come in wanting a stark white smile that may not be possible with regular whitening, and the next option to make this possible would be porcelain veneers.
Even though you come to one of the most cutting-edge dental offices around – dentistry has not always been as state of the art or pain-free as it is today! Below are some of the interesting teeth tidbits that allow people to catch a glimpse of what dentistry was like centuries ago.
When most people think of straightening their teeth; the first things that come to mind are metal brackets, rubber bands, and even headgear. While these traditional orthodontic tools are still very common, especially for teenagers, most adults would prefer a more subtle approach. This is where invisible orthodontic aligners come in. They provide an alternative approach to correcting misaligned teeth, without anyone being able to know you are wearing them.
Everyday someone will come into our office and ask a question about their kid’s oral health. When should their first trip to the dentist be? Can they use fluoride toothpaste? Should I still be brushing their teeth? These are all great questions and can have varied answers depending on your child’s individual situation.