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How You Can Floss Like Your Hygienist Does

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Your dentist and hygienist tell you to floss once a day, but do you know why or how to do it correctly?

Proper brushing and flossing work together to keep your teeth as clean as possible. Brushing removes the buildup of plaque from the surfaces of teeth and any loose particles of food. Flossing continues the job by getting in between teeth and cleaning where your brush can’t reach.

Why Floss Only Once a Day?

You brush twice a day, so you may wonder why you only need to floss once. Unlike your tooth surfaces, plaque and bacteria between teeth take about 24 hours to develop. So unless you have food stuck between ...

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The Crisis of Tooth Decay in Kids

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What would you guess is the most common chronic childhood disease?

The answer is dental caries, better known as tooth decay. It is five times as common as asthma and seven times as common as hay fever.

But the bad news is that, according to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), dental caries is still the most common chronic disease among children between 6 and 11 and adolescents between 12 and 19. The good news is that dental caries is highly preventable.

Take Control of Your Child’s Oral Health

Stay a step ahead of dental caries by bringing your child for early dental visits when their first baby tooth ...

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Do You Clean Your Tongue? Why You Should and How to Do It

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Nearly everyone knows - even if not everyone does it – that toothbrushing twice a day is necessary to help protect and maintain your oral health. If you are already brushing according to instructions from your hygienist, congratulations. You’re taking a giant step toward a healthier smile.

But you may not know that cleaning your tongue at the same time is a good idea. There are several reasons for this:

Bacteria Causes Odors

Thousands of bacteria reside in your mouth, and while that might sound gross, not all of them are bad for your oral health. Some are present because they can fight off other microorganisms that cause disease.

While they can promote better ...

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A New Study Looks into the Role of Genetics in Tooth Decay

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I have bad teeth” or, “Bad teeth run in my family?” It may sound like an excuse for not following proper oral health care, but a new study has found that there is some basis in fact for “bad teeth.”

Researchers at Zurich University recently isolated for the first time the gene complex that’s responsible for tooth enamel formation. The findings indicate that these mutated genes may cause defects in dental enamel and put you at a higher risk for caries (cavities).

This research tells us that tooth decay is not just a product of bacteria but also the resistance of enamel to decay. In ...

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Does Sugar Cause Cavities? Yes...and No

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Most of us were brought up being told how bad sugar is for your teeth. But what you may not know is that, while sugar is a significant contributor to cavities, it does not damage teeth directly.

The Bacterial Connection

To understand how sugar affects your teeth, you need to know a little bit about the bacteria that call your mouth home. Your mouth has its own ecosystem, which scientists call the human oral microbiome. A major player in the microbiome is bacteria. And while it may be hard to comprehend, the fact is that more than six billion bacteria can live in your mouth at any given moment!

As you consume foods ...

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Gum Recontouring or Smile Lift

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When you look at a smile, the teeth are not the only thing that makes a smile beautiful. The gums play an important role in a great looking smile. A “Gummy Smile” can be a quick and easy fix.

What is Gum Recontouring?

At Alafaya Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we offer Gum Recontouring or Smile Lifts. This procedure involves the use of a pain-free laser to recontour and reshape the gum. This advanced technology is quick, efficient, and virtually painless.  

The process starts with Dr. Micahelson administrating a small amount of local anesthetic. We then use a powerful, yet gentle laser to remove small amounts of gum tissue. By using ...

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Stinging and Burning? It Might Be a Mouth Ulcer

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Have you noticed a small painful lesion in your mouth? Do salty or spicy foods increase tenderness and inflammation, making eating painful?

How Do Mouth Ulcers Form?

You may have a mouth ulcer, also known as a canker sore. Mouth ulcers usually develop in your mouth or cheeks. The exact cause of mouth ulcers is unknown and varies from person to person. However, there are known factors that can aggravate mouth ulcers, including:

  • Quitting Smoking
  • Certain medications
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Highly acidic or spicy foods or beverages
  • Braces or ill-fitting dentures that irritate the inside of the mouth
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause

During a severe outbreak, you may also experience sluggishness, fever, and swollen glands.

A Canker Sore ...

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