August 3rd, 2016
Of course, we all know that's a silly question. (With the answer being a resounding, "YES!")
Earlier this week, the Associated Press released a report that flossing may not be all it's cracked up to be.
According to the Huffington Post, a letter to the AP from the government acknowledged that the benefits of flossing had not been researched properly.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology also claimed that some studies weren't long enough, didn't have enough participants or used outdated testing methods to be considered reliable.
While these are valid points, ADA spokesperson Dr. Matthew Messina rebukes, "Nobody’s done a study to say that using a parachute jumping out of an airplane is safer than not using a parachute." He also stated, “There’s only so many research dollars and so much research effort,” he said. “So not a lot of effort has been put into the study of dental flossing, just simply because there are other more important things for us to do.”
So as much as you'd like to try to fool yourself into believing that flossing may not be beneficial, Messina maintains, “We need to remove bacteria from the teeth, from the gums, and from in between the teeth."
In addition to that, flossing helps prevent plaque buildup, reduces the risk of periodontal disease and removes any traces of cilantro from that fresh guac you had for dinner earlier.
March 10th, 2016
So what exactly is plaque? Well, according to Wikipedia, plaque is: a biofilm or mass of bacteria that grows on surfaces within the mouth.
This bacteria, when not removed properly and promptly, can harden into tartar. Of course, prolonged neglect to plaque and/or eventual tartar can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
The thing that's tricky is that plaque is that it's colorless and often difficult to see with the naked eye.
This St. Patrick's Day, you can use some of that extra green food coloring you have lying around with 2 oz. of water and use it to create a solution that you can use to temporarily stain your teeth so you can see the plaque better. Then, you can just brush and floss until the stain is removed.
May the Luck of the Irish be with you!
December 30th, 2015
It's around this time of year when everyone is starting to prepare for their New Years' Resolutions. They may resolve to start exercising, eating better, or staying more connected to their friends and family.
One thing's for sure: we could all stand to improve on our dental regimens. So what are some dental resolutions we should all commit to in 2016? Check out some of our ideas below!
-Make sure to not to miss your dental hygiene appointments every six months. If it's not feasible, at least go once a year.
-As usual, brush and floss twice a day. Again, if not feasible, at least once a day.
-Resolving to eat better goes not only for overall health, but dental health too! Start with eating less sugar.
-Refer all your friends and family to Moorpark Center for Dentistry! :)
Hope everyone has a safe and prosperous new year!