Flossing 101

Flossing 101

Pop quiz: how often should you floss?

  1. Once a week
  2. Three times a week
  3. Once a day
  4. Wait for the hygienist to do it at my routine visits

If you answered, 3. Once a day, you would be correct!

Now you may be thinking, “once a day?! I barely remember to floss once a month!” And you’re not alone. Just over 37 percent of Americans reported they floss less than daily, and 32 percent reported they don’t floss at all. Adding a step to your daily routine can seem a bit daunting, but daily flossing is proven to have healthful, long-term impacts on one’s oral health.

Why is flossing important?

Flossing helps remove plaque, a soft mass of bacteria, food, and debris that builds up around your teeth. If plaque is not removed promptly, it can calcify onto your teeth and turn into much harder tartar which can only be removed by your hygienist or dentist at your next visit.

Flossing is crucial to maintaining healthy gums in addition to your teeth. When teeth aren’t being routinely cleaned and cleared of plaque between the teeth, gum diseases such as gingivitis can begin settling in. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease where the gums become swollen and bleed easily. Daily flossing helps prevent these sorts of dental issues from occurring.

When is the best time to floss? 

The truth of the matter is, if you’re doing a thorough job of flossing and brushing daily, it doesn’t quite matter the order in which they are done. As long as both are done often and well, the positive impact remains the same. It’s best to carve out a time in your day that allows you a couple of extra minutes to care for your oral hygiene that you can stay consistent with.

Which type of floss is the best? 

With many options such as traditional floss, plastic dental flossers, or floss threaders, it’s important to use what works best for you. If the long string of traditional dental floss is difficult for you to maneuver around your mouth, you may want to opt for the dental flossers with a handle! If you have braces, a retainer, or other dental hardware, a floss threader will probably give you the best access to hard-to-reach areas in your mouth.

Overall, flossing is a key part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy and shouldn’t only be done at your routine dentist appointments. If you have any questions or need further advice on the best way to care for your oral health, give us a call! 479-242-3739

Thank You to Our Incredible Patients

Thank You to Our Incredible Patients

This Holiday season, Dr. Drew and Crew wants to extend its sincerest thanks to all of our incredible patients.  2020 has brought many unexpected changes and adjustments, but throughout it all, our team was thankful to continually help your smiles be merry and bright!

To each of our patients who choose Dr. Drew & Crew time and time again:  Thank you for letting us be a part of your comprehensive health.  Taking care and maintaining oral health is an important factor in your overall wellbeing.  It is an honor and privilege to routinely provide our patients with integrity, compassion, and quality care

You each have made our year memorable and exciting.  From hearing about the latest updates to seeing your kids grow up, we are overjoyed to connect and learn about each of our patients.

We recognize that many factors go into choosing a dentist and office that is right for you.  Our team of dedicated and diligent individuals is committed to maintaining office standards that help our patients feel comfortable and safe.  As we enter into a new year, we can’t wait to see you all again soon for your bi-annual appointments!  If you ever have questions or concerns regarding your upcoming appointment, don’t hesitate to call our office.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

 

-Dr. Drew & Crew

Have You Seen the Dentist in 2020?

Have You Seen the Dentist in 2020?

The temperatures are cooler, pumpkin spice lattes are the daily normal, Christmas decorations are popping up… How did we get to the end of the year so quickly?! It seems like just yesterday we were trying to figure out the best at-home summer activity to make the days not seem so long. There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a strange year and that time has simultaneously felt long and fast. With the many changes and adjustments, what did you put on the back burner this past year? Was it that home-improvement project you’ve been telling yourself you’ll get to for the past three years? Or, perhaps, did you push aside the long to-do list of decluttering and cleaning? Whatever it might have been, we hope you didn’t push aside seeing the dentist!

Dental visits should be a bi-annual occurrence in order to best ensure the quality of your oral health. With the end of the year quickly approaching, it’s important for you to get your visits sooner rather than later. If your last dentist visit was in June or earlier, it’s time to come see us! Our team is ready and prepared to give you the best quality of care during these times.

Our patient’s health and safety remain our top priority here in the clinic. In order to do so, we are continuing to follow the guidelines mentioned below:

Every day, we routinely follow the CDC’s Universal Precaution guidelines, including strict surface disinfection and personal protective measures. In addition, our clinic is implementing the following:

  • When you arrive for your scheduled appointment, please call the clinic and remain in your vehicle.
  • One of our team members will call you when your chair is ready.
  • Wearing a face mask is required by state dental law.

If you have any questions or concerns about visiting our clinic in person, please give us a call and one of our team members will be happy to discuss these items with you: 479-242-3739.

The Tricks of Halloween Treats

The Tricks of Halloween Treats

Cool temperatures are here and fall colors are changing which means that Halloween is right around the corner! It’s the one time of year where costumes are the required dress code and sugary treats are the acceptable snacks throughout the day. From the iconic Hersey’s chocolate bar to the fall-favorite caramel apple, there are countless fan-favorites when it comes to Halloween treats, but they come with sneaky tricks on our teeth. Enjoying sweet snacks doesn’t have to be completely off-limits, but let’s take a look at how we can protect our teeth during this sugary holiday.

Make a Candy Plan

Having a candy bowl on the kitchen table or office desk may make for fun decor, but it’s not the smartest move when it comes to helping protect your teeth. Having candy in an easy-access place can lead to snacking on it throughout the day. This can lead to a sugary residue sitting on your teeth for hours. Over time, this leads to tooth decay.

Keep Brushing

The best way to fight against tooth decay is by maintaining a routine brushing schedule. This means brushing twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. Remember, it’s equally important to have a good toothbrush while brushing. A toothbrush with frayed bristles is worn out and won’t do a proper job of cleaning your teeth.

Limit Sticky Situations

The stickier the candy, the more it clings to your teeth. Items such as taffy, caramel, and gummies take longer to be washed away by saliva which results in sugar staying on your teeth for longer. Limiting the amount of super-sticky treats can help lower the risk of plaque build-up.

Visit Your Dentist

As always with any tooth concerns, make a trip to your dentist! Dr. Drew and Crew is here to provide top-tier service to all your dental-related needs. Give us a call today!

 

September: National Gum Care Month

September: National Gum Care Month

When you hear the word “dental hygiene,” you probably always think of those pearly white teeth. But our gums are equally as important when it comes to taking care of our oral health. Gums help protect the teeth, but the health of your gums can impact other health conditions you might have. This September, let’s take a closer look at how we can properly care for our gums. 

Gum Care

Maintaining a consistent dental hygiene routine is the best way to fight against gum disease! We strongly recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each and flossing your teeth thoroughly. Doing so will help keep your mouth fresh and clean while minimizing harmful bacteria that can sit on teeth and gums. Keep in mind that a more forceful brushing isn’t always better and can cause potential harm to gums. Brushing teeth and gums too aggressively can cause inflammation, damage, and bleeding of the gums. 

Gum Disease 

We took a look at how we can maintain good gum care which ultimately helps us fight gum disease. Gum diseases are caused by types of harmful bacteria that live in a film called “dental plaque.” If this plaque is not properly cleaned each day, the bacteria collected on the teeth right above and below the gum line can eventually harden into “tartar.” Once the oral bacteria reaches this level, it can only be professionally removed by a dentist. 

Gum Warning Signs

Even when we do our best to fight bacteria build-up, sometimes our gums need a little tender love and care from a dental professional. If you are experiencing any of the following, it’s probably a good time to make a special visit to the dentist to receive personalized care to keep your gums healthy!

  • Your gums appear swollen and/or red in certain spots
  • Your gums might feel tender when you brush them 
  • You notice your gums are bleeding easily 
  • You notice your gums are pulling away from your teeth 

Your complete oral health is important to us at Dr. Drew & Crew. If you are experiencing any gum discomfort or have questions, our team is here to help! 

 

Contact us today by calling: 479-242-3739

Soda’s Impact on Our Teeth

Soda’s Impact on Our Teeth

It’s no secret that we Americans love our soda. From enjoying a cold Coke on a hot summer day, ensuring the kids only have Sprite to avoid the added caffeine, to even drinking a diet-Dr. Pepper with breakfast, we have made soda a staple in our day-to-day life. The average American consumed 38.87 gallons of soda in a year. Looks like the soda companies will be in business for a while… and so will the tooth decay bugs! Unfortunately, this sugary, bubbly drink comes with quite a few consequences when consumed regularly and without extra care to our teeth.

The two main dental effects of drinking soda are erosion and cavities. Erosion takes place due to the acid found in soda. Once it hits the enamel of your teeth (the outermost protective layer of teeth), it reduces the surface hardness of the enamel. After this point, soda can continue to affect the next layer of the tooth (dentin) and even composite fillings. When this occurs, people can get cavities and even toothaches.

But even without erosion, the sugar in sodas leads directly to cavities. In liquified form, this sugar flows between teeth and around roots wreaking havoc to the teeth. Mouth germs love the sugar and use it to wage war on your teeth.

How do we prevent these things from occurring? Let’s look at a few ways that we can protect our teeth while still enjoying the bubbly drinks:

Drink Sodas with a Meal

Instead of bathing your teeth all day in a sugar bath, only drink sodas at mealtime. This way the mouth has a better chance of buffering the damage.

Use a Straw

One of the biggest helps against erosion and cavities while drinking soda is making the switch to only drinking it through a straw! Doing so helps keep the damaging acid and sugars away from your teeth.

Rinse Your Mouth with Water

After you’ve finished drinking your soda, swishing water around in your mouth can help wash away any remaining sugars and acids and stop them from attacking your teeth.

Drink Quickly

The longer you sip on that can of pop, the longer the sugar and acid have to sit and damage your teeth.

Learn to Like Water

Try weaning off sodas. Cut down to one soda a week, and learn to like water. Or tea… without sugar. If you don’t like tea without sugar, you either have had bad tea or simply don’t like tea. Again, try water. You’ll like it!

Stay Up to Date on Your Cleanings!

If you are someone who drinks soda regularly, it is vital that you continually come in to see your friends at Dr. Drew and Crew so we can help your teeth stay healthy and strong.