Conquering Your Excuses for Flossing Your Teeth

Do you floss your teeth everyday?  If not, 2015 is the time to start this very healthy habit.  You may not realize it, but dentists agree that flossing your teeth everyday is just as important as brushing.  This is because dental floss can remove food particles from between the teeth that are not accessible with a toothbrush.  Despite this fact, many American children, teens and adults are not currently flossing their teeth everyday.  There are many excuses for not flossing your teeth.  Read on to find out how to conquer each of these excuses so you can safeguard your long-term dental health.

Time is one of the biggest excuses people use for not flossing.  However, investing in the one or two minutes it takes each day can save you from hours of time in a dental chair getting dental work such as fillings, crowns and root canals.  In addition to saving this time, flossing everyday can help you save money on expensive dental restorations.

Some people complain that their teeth are too close together to comfortably floss.  If this is the case, try dental floss that is waxed so it glides more easily between the teeth.  You could also use a threader or loop to help you find an entry point between the teeth.

Others complain that it hurts to floss their teeth.  If you experience pain when flossing, give yourself two weeks.  Make sure that you are not flossing too roughly.  A gentle touch is best.  If your gums still hurt and/or bleed when you floss after two weeks, it is time to see your dentist.  Your gum pain and irritation may be a sign of periodontal disease.  If this is the case, your dental hygiene becomes even more important.

Start out 2015 by resolving to floss your teeth everyday!  Experts say that it takes 21 days to form a habit so after three weeks, it should be easy going!

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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Gum Contouring? What is It?

Do you dread smiling for the camera due to excess gum tissue that shows when you smile?  Are you self-conscious of your “gummy” smile?  If so, read on to find out about gum contouring.

Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of “gummy” smiles.  If your teeth look short and stubby because your gum tissue extends over your enamel, you may be a a good candidate for gum contouring.  During this procedure, a dentist or periodontist uses either a laser or some type of cutting tool to remove excess tissue, thereby exposing more of the teeth.  This procedure can be completed in just one office visit using a local anesthetic.  The recovery time after gum contouring is typically quite short.  In some cases, bone must be removed in addition to excess tissue.  This procedure is more extensive and may necessitate more extensive anesthesia.  This procedure also requires a longer healing period.

The results of gum contouring are immediate and can be dramatic in many cases.  Sometimes, this procedure is combined with other cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, orthodontics, bonding and shaping.

With today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry, it is possible for virtually everyone to achieve a beautiful, balanced smile.  If you dislike the appearance of your smile due to excess gums, maybe it is time to schedule a consultation with a qualified cosmetic dentist.  After a thorough evaluation, an experienced cosmetic dentist can recommend the treatment or combination of treatments that are best suited to help you achieve your goals while staying within your budget.

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Start 2015 Off Right With Six Month Smiles

With the 2015 almost upon us, many individuals are making lists of resolutions that will hopefully change their lives, for the better. Some of you may want to lose weight. Others may want to start eating healthier. Many people resolve to save more money in the new year. And then there is the all-important goal of quitting smoking. These are all great goals, however, many of them take time. However, there is one thing you can do that will change your life in just six months. Sound too good to be true? Read on to find out how you can change your life in just six months with Six Month Smiles®.

Six Month Smiles® is a revolutionary orthodontic system that enables you to get a straighter, more balanced and beautiful smile in an average treatment time of just six months. And, with this advanced orthodontic treatment, you will not have to put up with a mouth full of metal in the process. This is a game changer for many adults who missed out on the opportunity to get braces as a child.

For many people, traditional metal braces are just not a good solution. The hassle and embarrassment of wearing metal braces deters many adults from straightening their teeth. And, the treatment time required for traditional braces (usually one to two years) makes it just too cumbersome for many adults. Fortunately, Six Month Smiles® offers a common sense solution to both of these problems.

Six Month Smiles® works by focusing primarily on the teeth that show when you smile. This short-term orthodontic system utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align the teeth in the front of your mouth, in an average of just six months. Patients who desire straighter teeth and a more balanced smile but are not in need of major bite changes are usually good candidates for Six Month Smiles®. To find out for sure whether or not you are a candidate for Six Month Smiles®, contact a certified Six Month Smiles® dentist in your local area.

You do not have to spend another year being unhappy with your smile due to crooked, unevenly spaced or gapped teeth. Instead, call a Six Month Smiles® dentist today so you can start the new year off right!

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Can Dental Implants Help Improve Your BMI?

Another new year is just around the corner. Before you know it, you will be toasting with friends and singing Auld Lang Syne once again. Is losing weight on your list of resolutions once again this year? If you resolved to lose weight last year and did not quite achieve your goal, or achieved it only to quickly regain the weight, you are not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans resolve to lose weight and improve their Body Mass Index (BMI) only to find that the end of the year has come and they are still struggling with extra pounds. In fact, overweight and obesity has become a health crisis in the United States. This is especially concerning because being overweight or obese increases your risks for a number of serious diseases and medical conditions including heart disease, Diabetes, breast cancer and more.

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill available to help you lose weight. This is despite an abundance of research on this very subject. So, what is the best way to achieve your weight loss goals? The simple answer is to eat healthier and to exercise more. To reach these goals, it may be helpful to enlist the services of an exercise coach (trainer) and a certified nutritionist. However, if you are currently wearing dentures, the solution may not be quite as simple. That is because wearing dentures can make it hard to eat and properly digest certain foods. Unfortunately, the foods that are rich in fiber and other important nutrients yet lower in calories are often hard to eat for individuals with dentures. This includes foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Many times, denture wearers are forced to replace these foods with softer, more processed foods that are easier to chew and digest. These foods are often higher in calories and lack the fiber and nutrients that are needed to maintain good overall health.

The good news is that dental implants provide a great alternative to dentures that allows you to eat the foods that you want to eat. Dental implants can be used to provide additional support for dentures or to support crowns and bridges. You can use dental implants to replace one, several or all of your teeth. With dental implants, you do not have to eliminate any foods from your diet. You can eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that will help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain a healthy body weight.

If dentures are holding you back from meeting your weight loss goals, talk to a qualified dental implant dentist today to see if you are a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system. We wish you the best of health in the new year!

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This Holiday Season, Give Yourself the Gift of a Beautiful Smile

Did you miss out on the opportunity to get braces as a child? Do you dislike the way you look in pictures due to crooked teeth, unevenly spaced teeth, a gap in your two front teeth or tooth discoloration? If so, maybe you should consider giving yourself the gift of a beautiful smile this holiday season.

With today’s advanced cosmetic dentistry techniques and procedures, it is possible for virtually everyone to have a beautiful and balanced smile. Teeth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers, orthodontics and dental implants are just some of the restorative and/or cosmetic dentistry procedures that can be used to improve the appearance of your smile and your overall appearance. After all, your smile is the first thing that people notice about you and can leave a lasting impression. This can effect your confidence in every social interaction you have whether it is dating, presenting at work or just sitting around the table and sharing a meal with others.

You don’t have to continue to hide behind your smile. But maybe you are worried about the cost. While improving the appearance of your smile is a worthwhile investment, it can be expensive. For this reason, it is important for you to schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist that you trust. An experienced cosmetic dentist can listen to your goals, explain the options and help you choose the treatments to help you achieve your goals while staying within your budget. It might be helpful to know that many cosmetic dental offices offer attractive financing options to help you pay for the cost of cosmetic dental services that are not covered under dental health insurance plans.

You have worked hard this year! Why not make this the year that you reward yourself with a beautiful, confident smile.

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Holiday Stress and Dental Cleanings

Are you feeling the holiday rush…that crush to get everything done with only a few weeks left until Christmas? If your turkey was not even fully digested before you started thinking about everything on your holiday to-do list, you are not alone. From shopping to addressing and mailing holiday cards to decorating and more, the holiday season can be stressful. So what do you do to deal with all that stress? Book a massage? Go to a yoga class? How about scheduling a dental cleaning?

If your dental cleanings are not a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, you are going to the wrong dental practice! Today, many practices like Pure Dental Health make getting your teeth cleaned a spa-like experience. With valet parking, warm scented towels, soothing music and a beverage bar, you will come out feeling like a new person! This makes getting your teeth cleaned the perfect solution to holiday stress. You will not only come out feeling more relaxed but will also look better and improve your dental health.

If you have a special holiday event to attend, why not schedule your dental cleaning on the same day? That way, you can show up to your party with a cleaner, whiter, brighter smile. If you really want to see a difference in your smile, you can pick up a teeth whitening kit while you are visiting the dentist.

The holidays are no time to ignore your dental health. In fact, taking care of your dental health is a great gift that you can give yourself this year. If you have missed a scheduled cleaning, schedule an appointment today. Then you can sit back, relax and enjoy! We wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season!

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