Are you flossing? It’s the question you’re definitely going to be asked by your dental hygienist at your next regular checkup and cleaning. While most people have down the two times a day brushing routine, flossing can often take a back seat. However, flossing is an important step in maintaining a healthy mouth (the American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day) as it cleans the hard to reach areas between your teeth, dislodging any food that might be stuck. Because of the importance of flossing, we’re here to offer some helpful tips to make the task easier to plug back into your routine. How to Floss Properly In case you haven’t had a recent demo on the proper way to floss, we’ll give a brief overview on the proper technique. First, break off about a 24” piece of floss from your preferred flossing brand. There are a number of options from braided to waxed that can help do the job. Second, wind the extra floss around your index finger and thumb, leaving about 1-2 inches of floss available. Third, move the floss between your teeth gently and glide it up and down the sides of both teeth,...
We’ve all heard those stories, maybe we even have a few of our own, about tying the string to a door and slamming it shut to pull out that super lose tooth. Losing teeth is a right of passage for every child, and can bring about a whole world of excitement for children as they begin to lose their baby teeth. However, as this new stage of life approaches as a parent you might be wondering when it might happen and what you should be aware of to ensure you or your children don’t cause any damage to the mouth. When Will My Child Start Losing Teeth? Your children’s baby teeth, or primary teeth, will typically start to loosen and fall out around the age of 6 or 7. You can expect that the teeth will fall out in the same order that they first popped through during their teething phase. So this means that the bottom central teeth and then the top front teeth will be the first to go, followed by the others. Can I Pull Out A Loose Tooth? While it might be tempting for you or your children to help aid the tooth along in falling...