A guide to flossing your teeth | Baltimore Dentist

flossing your teeth | baltimore dentistBrushing your teeth is critical when it comes to maintaining oral health but so is flossing. The biggest problem with flossing is that many people loathe it for all sorts of reasons, such as the time it takes, the messiness of it and/or the difficulty of it. If you absolutely hate flossing, you may actually just be doing it all wrong. Look over this guide to flossing your teeth to make sure you are adhering to a proper oral hygiene regimen and to discover some helpful tips.

Using String Floss

Pull the floss from its compartment, cut it at about 16” or 18”, wind the ends of the thread around each of your middle fingers and then slip the middle section between the tight crevices separating your teeth. Stop when the floss reaches the gum line and make sure you don’t skip any spots.

Using Floss Sticks

Those who don’t feel comfortable flossing with threaded floss usually find floss sticks (or “picks”) a whole lot easier to use. This is because floss sticks allow you to reach those tricky spaces but they also keep your fingertips comfortable and clean because there is no wrapping or winding needed.

Using Air or Water Flossers

If string floss or floss picks aren’t doing the job, you may want to look at investing in an air flosser or water flosser. These flossing tools work by blasting away plaque with the use of a strong stream of air or water. They’re gentle, they’re effective and they’re easy to use. Simply follow the instructions for your specific flosser brand and model.

Flossing is one of the most important oral hygiene steps and unfortunately it is often overlooked. It’s important to keep in mind that if you floss regularly, you are less likely to need painful teeth cleanings, oral surgeries or other procedures.

To schedule your comfortable and convenient appointment with one of our dental offices, give us a call today!  Baltimore Dentist – 410-332-9998; Hanover Dentist – 410-799-9991; Clinton Dentist – 301-868-3203.

 

March Promotion – Dental Implants

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Why are dental implants often the first choice and a standard of care compared to other options to restore missing or damaged teeth?

  • Next best thing to healthy, natural teeth.  Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Other options can lead to bone deterioration, and may interfere with eating, smiling, speaking and other activities of everyday life.
  • Built to last. Dental implants are a long-term solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.
  • Enjoy life without worrying about your teeth!  No need to stay home or feel uncomfortable in public, embarrassed because your smile looks different, or worrying that missing teeth will limit your ability to join in the fun or that removable dentures or tooth-supported replacement teeth will loosen or fall out when you talk, eat or laugh. Teeth restored with dental implants are teeth that let you, not your teeth, lead your life.
  • Retain your natural face shape, and smile.  A face without teeth can sag and appear sunken and sad. Dental implants allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile.
  • Protect healthy bone. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone. When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
  • Keep your teeth in your mouth – not in a cup. Dental implants allow you to keep your teeth where they belong – in your mouth. And no more worrying that your dentures might slip or fall out. Brush, floss and care for teeth that have been replaced using dental implants exactly the way you would natural teeth – in your mouth.
  • Speak easy.  Adjusting to removable dentures can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words. Not so with dental implants, which function like natural teeth.
  • Eat your favorite foods! Taste and enjoy the foods you love without hesitation. You can bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want and, unlike removable dentures that can feel uncomfortable, you can experience the full taste of the food you eat with dental implants, too.
  • Look Mom, no cavities! Cavities can’t occur in an implant-restored crown, or replacement tooth; however, you will need to visit your dentist as scheduled and clean and care for it and your gums and mouth every day, the same as you would if it were a natural tooth.
  • Keep teeth in place – silently. Dentures may slip when you eat, talk, smile, laugh, kiss, yawn or cough, so that you have to “reposition” them back into place in the mouth. Dental implants are fixed in place and fuse naturally with your jawbone, meaning your replacement teeth won’t move, click or shift.
  • Protect your healthy teeth. Placing a tooth-supported bridge requires grinding away the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth or teeth – thereby damaging healthy teeth to restore those that are missing. The modified healthy teeth are attached to, and support, the bridge. Dental implants go in the jawbone, in the spot where your missing tooth root was, without impacting healthy teeth. They also help prevent healthy, adjacent teeth from shifting as they would if an empty space were left for an extended period of time.
  • More predictable than other repair and restoration methods. Dental implant treatment has a track record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes and is often considered “more predictable” than other treatments to repair or replace missing teeth, including bridgework, removable appliances and retreatment of failing root canal (endodontic) therapy.

If you are interested in dental implants in Baltimore, Hanover, or Clinton, give our offices a call today!  We look forward to helping restore your smile with a permanent and natural solution.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in Baltimore, MDThere are a variety of dental procedures which require sedation and there are some patients who insist on being sedated no matter how minor the procedure may be. This is why most dental offices offer at least more than one option when it comes to procedural sedation. Here is a look at the three most common forms of sedation and what makes them differ.

Nitrous Oxide

Dental nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas”, is a mix of a gentle sedative and oxygen. It won’t put you to sleep and you will still be able to hear and see what is going on around you but it will make certain dental procedures much more comfortable.

Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation is achieved be administering a combination of sedatives and an anesthetic. This will sedate you and you may not be able to speak or move but you will still be alert. Conscious sedation is typically only used for more serious surgeries or lengthy procedures.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation, referred to as IV sedation for short, consists of administering a sedative straight to the blood stream through an IV. Depending on the dosage given to you by the anesthetic professional, you will likely be completely ‘asleep’ for the entire procedure. Your memory may also briefly lapse once the sedation begins to wear off, but everything should gradually return to normal.

You no longer have to fear those visits to the dentist’s office because of the potential pain. Make sure you discuss your sedation options with our dentists at Horizon Family Dental Care before scheduling your procedure in order to determine which one would be best for you. Also, don’t forget to consider that you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment if you are going to be sedated since some sedatives can impair your driving.  Our professional staff and dentists in Baltimore, Hanover, and Clinton Maryland are dedicated to your comfort while in our dental offices!

February Coloring Contest

HFDC coloring contestFebruary Coloring Contest

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we are kicking it off with some fun and excitement!  Our patients are encouraged to print off the coloring sheet (or stop by one of our convenient dental offices) and have their child color away.  Post a picture of the artist along with their masterpiece on our Facebook page and we will pick 3 winners.

Our 3 favorites will each be awarded a $25 gift card to Marbles the Brain Store.

Happy Coloring!

Why do my gums bleed when I brush?

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease in MarylandDo your gums bleed a little when you are brushing your teeth? If so, you need to know that a bleeding gumline is typically an early sign of a more serious problem like periodontal disease, but it could also be nothing to worry about. These are the 5 most common causes of bleeding gums while brushing or flossing.

Gingivitis

If plaque is not properly removed from teeth at the gumline, it can infect your gums and lead to gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease. The easiest ways to prevent gingivitis are brushing regularly, flossing each day and seeing your dentist for annual cleanings.

Blood Thinning Medications

Some dentists have found that their patients who are on blood thinning medications experience bleeding gums more often than those who aren’t. This is why you should let your dentist know of any medications you are on so he or she can determine the best way to handle the situation.

Flossing Routine Changes

Your gums may also be bleeding because you have recently changed your flossing routine. If you have just started flossing on the regular, your gums are still getting used to it and require a few days to strengthen.

A Brand New Toothbrush

Bleeding gums can sometimes also be attributed to you using a new toothbrush, especially if you have switched from soft bristles to stiffer ones. To be on the safe side, it’s best to ask your dentist which kind of toothbrush you should be using.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Believe it or not, pregnancy gingivitis is a thing. Since a woman’s body is adjusting to changing hormones during pregnancy, she is more prone to the bacteria that causes gum disease.

If you see a bit of blood in the sink after brushing and rinsing, there isn’t necessarily a need to be alarmed. Most of things that cause bleeding gums are harmless or curable. We recommend discussing treatments further with your dentist if you would like to know more.  Horizon Family Dental Care has three dental offices in Maryland that are available to provide you a beautiful smile!  Withdental offices in Baltimore, Hanover, and Clinton, Horizon Family Dental Care should be your first call for convenient and comfortable dental care!