Did You Know?
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, Memorial day, (originally referred to as Decoration Day) was declared a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. It is believed that May 30 was the date chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. It became an official federal holiday in 1971 and placed on the last Monday in May.
One of the first observances occurred when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of fallen Confederate soldiers. The women were disturbed to discover that the graves of Union soldiers had been neglected because they were the enemy and placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well.
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades. It unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
Speaking of summer, we hope you have a fun and safe one, and if you have any questions about how to keep your family happy and healthy, don’t hesitate to call!
And don’t forget the sunscreen!
Should I use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush??
If a soft-bristle manual toothbrush is used for the appropriate amount of time, and done with proper technique, it can perform just as well as a powered toothbrush. But many people don’t brush for the recommended two to three minutes. Improper brushing with any toothbrush can lead to missing areas of the mouth, however an electric toothbrush can help make up for poor brushing technique. Children and patients in braces are also good candidates for powered brushes as their brushing habits tend to be less than optimal.
While everyone certainly does not need an electric toothbrush, in most instances they can be beneficial. Our office typically sees a significant difference in oral health between 6-month visits when a patient has switched to an electric brush. Call our office if you have any questions about which brush is best for you.
Do Whitening Toothpastes Really work??
All toothpastes help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpastes contain gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal. Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only and do not contain bleach; over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide (a bleaching substance) that helps remove stains on the tooth surface as well as stains deep in the tooth.
None of the home use whitening toothpastes can come even close to producing the bleaching effect you get from our office’s chair-side bleaching or KoR bleaching. Whitening toothpastes can lighten your tooth's color by about one shade. In contrast, whitening conducted in our office can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter. Interested in a Brighter Smile???
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Do I Brush or Floss First???
A common question that patients ask their dentists is, "Which should I do first, brush or floss?" The sequence makes no difference as long as you do a thorough job. Brushing and flossing is the best way to remove decay-causing plaque from your teeth and help maintain optimal oral health.
It has also been recently reported that only four out of 10 Americans floss on a daily basis. Also, about 20 percent of Americans never bother to floss at all. However, this is one of the most important health habits to develop. The benefits of regular flossing are undeniable. For example, not flossing is one of the main causes of gum disease. If you floss regularly, you can easily avoid developing this oral health issue. If you currently suffer from gum disease and continue to skip flossing, chances are you will start to lose teeth and develop significant cavities.
You wouldn’t go a day without brushing…
If you are like most people, you don’t go a single day without brushing your teeth. You need to have the same attitude toward flossing. When you floss, at least once a day, you can help remove plaque (which is a sticky, bacteria-laden film) from hard to reach places in your mouth. Removing that bacteria not only helps your teeth and gums, it also helps you prevent or manage heart disease, diabetes, and other inflammatory illnesses that effect your entire body.
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