Waterpik or Dental Floss?

waterpik or dental flossWe all know that we need to brush and floss daily in order to keep up with proper dental hygiene.  Many people have wondered which is a better way to floss: waterpik or dental floss?  Each method has some pros and cons, listed below.

Dental Floss

Using traditional string dental floss may be what most of us are used to.  It is an affordable and quick way to remove food particles that a toothbrush cannot reach. It is also easily accessible from any pharmacy or grocery store and can be done anywhere.  These are the pros. Some cons of string dental floss are that it is still difficult to reach some areas of the mouth.  It can also be difficult to handle for some people. It may also worsen or cause gum sensitivity.

Water Picking

This method of flossing is also known as water flossing. It uses a special machine that directs a stream of water into the mouth and gums. Rather than scraping the teeth to remove plaque, it uses water pressure to massage the gums and push the food away from the teeth.

The pros of water picking are that it is easy to use, especially for people with braces or other permanent dental work. The massage action can also improve gum health and reach areas that can’t e reached with regular string floss.  Some cons of water picking are that they can be expensive to purchase and more inconvenient to store.  It requires electricity and water, so it is not as easy to use on the go as dental floss.

No mater which method you choose, just be sure you do floss.  It is important to floss daily to avoid more serious mouth and health problems. If it is painful for you to floss you should check with your dentist and see what they would recommend.

Read more about flossing and water picking and how to properly do both here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315992.php


Survival Tips For Dental School

survival tips for dental schoolYou made it to dental school!  Congratulations! You’ve worked very hard to get to this point and will need to continue to work hard to earn your degree. It’s not going to be easy, but you can do it.  Here are some survival tips for dental school to help you get through that first year and more.

Time management – This is one of the most important lessons and it is a crucial to stay on top of your studies while still maintaining your personal life.

Organization – Being organized is a huge component of success. Plan ahead and always be aware of your schedule.  Keep a calendar to mark down important dates such as exams and quizzes.

Set time aside for yourself – While you will be busy, it is important to set aside time for yourself so you don’t burn out. Set one evening a week to enjoy time with friends or other activities to help you recharge.

Study effectively – Change up the way you study based on the class and its material.  Take notes, draw pictures, make charts. Cater toward your personal learning style.

Always be professional – You never know how important the connections you make now will become later in your career, so always act professionally.

Keep your body healthy and fit – Get a good night’s sleep.  Eat healthy foods, and make sure you eat!  You will be busy, but it is important to keep your body healthy.

Ask for help – Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your peers, professors, or school administration if you need it. Everyone is there to help you!

Get involved – Enhance your leadership and teamwork capabilities, by getting involved in extracurricular activities. For example, get involved in ASDA to help you get your foot in the door.

Follow these tips and make the best of your dental school years!

8 Tips On Surviving Your First Year Of Dental School|ASDA Blog

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Sleep Apnea Is Bad For Your Health

sleep apneaGetting a poor nights sleep here and there can leave you feeling tired and grumpy, but long term sleep disruption can actually lead to serious health problems. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, around 25 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea. Many people don’t even realize that they have it.

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes you to snore loudly and actually stop breathing up to a hundred times a night for even more than a minute. The most common treatment is a CPAP machine, which provides airway pressure while sleeping.  An alternative treatment is a custom fit oral appliance provided by a dentist. Treating this condition can lead to better rest and ease your risk of developing serious health complications such as: High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Depression, Diabetes, and Stroke.

If you suspect that you, or someone you love, may have sleep apnea, be sure to talk to your doctor or dentist.  It may just save your life.

Why Sleep Apnea is Bad for Your Health|Sequoyah Times

Flossing Health Claims Not Proven

do i need to floss everydayYou’ve probably heard a lot of hype in the news lately about flossing.  Certain claims say that flossing is not as important as once thought. In fact, a leading British dentist said there is only “weak evidence” that flossing prevents gum disease and cavities. He added that “more sophisticated trials” are needed.

An Associated Press research study said that evidence in leading journals was weak and unreliable. If you ask your dentist though, he/she will most likely tell you that flossing is still very important.  Some people may not have large enough spaces between their teeth to use an inter-dental brush so flossing is a good alternative.

Read more about flossing claims and studies in the Salisbury Journal.