The Difference Between Waxed and Unwaxed Floss?

flossYou know how important it is to floss your teeth as part of your daily hygiene routine.  But there are so many different types of floss to choose from, waxed and unwaxed floss, flavored or non-flavored.  What is the difference between them all?

Waxed floss has a coating that makes it easier to get the floss between the teeth. Waxed floss is they type of floss that is flavored. Unwaxed floss doesn’t have a coating, it’s thinner and doesn’t have any flavoring.  As for which is more effective, it just depends on who you are.

Just ask your dentist.  It doesn’t matter what floss you use, as long as you are using it.  Find the floss that you enjoy the most and is most comfortable to you.  If you aren’t sure which floss you will like the best, check out the article from Mark Burhenne of “Ask The Dentist”.  He lists some reasons waxed or non-waxed floss might be your preference.  Read about it here: What’s the Difference Between Waxed and Non-Waxed Floss?.

Waxed or Un-waxed Floss?

29825799-teeth-with-eyes-vector-seamless-patternYou know that flossing is an important part of your dental routine. Picking the best floss for you will help make this daily chore a bit easier.  Many people prefer floss that is waxed, while others prefer the un-waxed.  So, whether you choose waxed or un-waxed floss, here are some pros and cons of each.

Waxed – The wax on floss is there to help the floss glide more easily through teeth and over the dental fixtures. But, this may also make it a bit more difficult to hang on to with your fingers.  Waxed floss is often flavored to taste like mint or cinnamon.  This can be a pro or con depending on whether or not you like flavor.

Un-waxed – Some people find un-waxed easier to use because it is not so slippery and easier to grip between the fingers.  People tend to use more floss when it is slippery. Un-waxed floss is thinner so it is easier to fit between crowded teeth and tight spaces.  But, it may pose a problem by shredding and breaking in these tight spaces because it is thin.  It is also not ideal for people with dental appliances, such as braces, because it can shred easier and is harder to thread underneath.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Unwaxed Floss? | WiseGeek

Why Do We Have Morning Breath?

Everyone has morning breath to some degree.  This is because when you sleep, your mouth dries out.  When your mouth dries out, od14390621-young-woman-sleeping-on-the-bedor producing bacteria grow.  Sleeping causes your normal flow of saliva to decrease and that is why breath is worse in the morning.

If you are someone that snores, you are more likely to have morning breath because you breath through your mouth all night.  Some medications can cause your mouth to become dry overnight as well. Smokers may also have worse breath in the morning because smoking causes your saliva to dry up and also can raise the temperature of your mouth making it a breeding ground for bacteria.  Lastly, allergies can lead to bad breath because of mucus that drips down the back of your throat.

The best ways to treat bad breath and morning breath are to brush, floss and rinse every morning and night.

Why Do We have Morning Breath | Everyday Health

Are Healthy Treats Ruining Your Child’s Teeth?

9213709-dried-apricots-and-prunes-isolated-on-a-white-backgroundMany middle class parents are finding out that the healthy treats they are giving their children are causing severe tooth decay. Tooth decay used to be more commonly associated with children living in poverty, but some new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre in England, show that almost 26,000 children between five and nine have been hospitalized for multiple tooth extractions.  In some cases, dentists have no choice but to remove all 20 baby teeth from patients.

So what is causing so much tooth decay in these children?  It’s actually the treats their parents are giving them that they think are healthy.  Many so called healthy snacks are full of sugar.  Apple juice or other fruit juices are a popular treat for children.  Parents are willing to give it to them because it is full of vitamins.  But it is also full of sugars and acid.

Cavities are caused by decay, which occurs when bacteria reacts with sugar in the mouth.  Cavities are also caused by acids erosion which happens when acid in food or drink comes in direct contact with tooth enamel.  Juice is especially dangerous when given in sippy cups.  Sipping on juice all day long just allows the sugar and acid to sit in the mouth.

Other culprits besides juicboy brushinge are dried fruit snacks.  These seem like a healthy alternative to chips or cookies, but they are concentrated forms of fructose which reacts with the bacteria in the mouth.  They are also sticky and cling to the spaces between teeth for hours causing more damage.

Milk is another drink that can cause issues.  It contains lactose and can also cause even more damage if drank from a bottle or sippy cup because it is in contact with teeth for extended periods.

So what can parents do to stop their children from developing cavities at a young age?  Proper brushing, twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste is critical. Parents should be responsible for helping to brush and floss their children’s teeth until they are eight. Drink juices and milk sparingly and drink a lot of water.

Middle Class Parents Who’ve Ruined Their Children’s Teeth By Giving Them “Healthy” Treats | Daily Mail UK

Caring For Your Dental Implants

If you have dental implants, you may think that once your teeth are replaced, they are there for good, and do not need any further care.  But, just like regular teeth, implants need to be maintained.  Although implants are not susceptible to decay, they can break down due to force or infection.  Below are some facts about the maintenance and care of your dental implants.29764557-young-girl-on-examination-at-the-dentist-in-the-dental-clinic

Dental implants attach in the mouth just like natural teeth. The implants actually fuse to the bone in a process called osseointegration.

Habits like teeth grinding, ice chewing or jaw clenching can weaken the dental implants.

Infection and inflammation is a concern for both dental implants and natural teeth.  You should still be scheduling dental cleanings and keeping a brushing and flossing routine at home to prevent periodontal disease.

Maintain your overall health. Health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease can increase the risk for periodontal disease.

For more information about how to care for dental implants, check out the article by Marielena Perrone, DDS, found here.