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Dental Hygiene and Dental Floss

Tal Lewinger - Friday, November 13, 2015

A significant roll is played by flossing in maintaining good dental hygiene. Brushing helps you clean the reachable areas of your teeth.

On the other hand dental floss may help you in the elimination of the food debris and dental plaque between the teeth where a tooth brush can't reach. Failing to remove plaque between the teeth may result in cavities. Marketplace Dentistry recommends that you floss before brushing.


At Marketplace Dentistry, located in the town of Maple (part of the city of Vaughan) ,adjacent to Thornhill and Richmond Hill, we have the same water supply as the city of Toronto. 0.7 Parts per Million of Fluoride Ion is  added to the drinking water, this has been shown effective in reducing decay, none the less people are drinking less tap water and more bottled water and canned beverages; therefore reducing the effectiveness of the water fluoridation in reducing decay.  I'm my office about 80% of the cavities I find in children under the age 9 are between the primary teeth (baby teeth) where the tooth brush can not reach!  It is very important to floss children's teeth every night before their bedtime and right before brushing their teeth.  Using flossing sticks helps a lot because the parent does not have to fit his or her fingers in the child's little mouth.  Flossing sticks are available in the oral hygiene section of most drugstores. If you find it hard to floss all the little rascals teeth focus on the back teeth where they are tight together.  The brush does a better job reaching between the front teeth and therefore I don't see decay in primay front teeth as often (an exception is in children who are breast fed all night past the age of 18 months or children that go to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice in their mouth.   These children are almost guaranteed to have some decay on their front teeth).    


It is recommended that you floss at least once a day. In order to wash any remaining plaque or bacteria, you could use a good mouthwash. Using an alcohol free antiseptic mouthwash can be beneficial as well. You should be careful that you don’t swallow the mouthwash. It is highly recommended that you quit smoking and chewing tobacco. It will not only have a positive impact on your overall health by keeping you safe from many diseases. But it will also prevent your teeth from staining and will improve your breath.


Dr. Tal Lewinger D.D.S. If a family and cosmetic dentist working in Maple, Ontario.  His office can be reached by phone at 905-303-6080 




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