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Flossing for the Aging Adult

As we age, it is common to lose eyesight, strength and dexterity. This can make everyday activities, such as flossing your teeth, very difficult. In fact, the precise coordination it takes to weave a tiny piece of thread through each tooth can be a real chore for the aging adult. To avoid giving up the…

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Can Children Get Gum Disease?

You may associate periodontal disease with aging adults or those who smoke. However, gum disease is not restricted by age. Gum disease begins with the onset of excessive bacteria and plaque buildup along the teeth and gum line. This is typically found in patients who don’t follow diligent oral hygiene habits – whether they are…

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Why Flossing Shouldn’t be Optional

There are three recommended components to a healthy smile: brushing twice a day, flossing daily and seeing your dentist every six months. Which one are you missing? For nearly half of us, flossing is the habit we slack on. In fact, 49% of Americans say they do not floss on a daily basis, and about…

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Scaling and Root Planing: What to Expect

Gum disease is one of the most common, yet most serious, oral health conditions. In its early stages, periodontal disease can be reversed with better oral hygiene habits. However, if the infection and inflammation in the gums is not improving, a scaling and root planing is often recommended as the next line of treatment. Scaling…

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