You have probably heard it from your dentist at every examination you have ever been to: “Flossing every day is important.” Though only about 40% of Americans floss, according to the American Dental Association, about 20% of American adults do not floss at all. But what makes flossing such a crucial part of the fight against teeth decay and gum disease? Is it really necessary if you brush twice a day? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Ian Liskiewicz in Jackson, MI.
Why is flossing important?
Bacteria allowed to remain on the teeth eventually turns into a white, sticky substance called plaque. Plaque then hardens into tartar, which begins eating through the tooth’s enamel toward its inner pulp chamber. Plaque is easily removed by the proper brushing and flossing techniques, but tartar can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Flossing alongside brushing daily removes the decay-causing plaque, stopping potential decay in its tracks.
How should I floss properly?
Use a length of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap each end around each of your index fingers, and pull the floss taut. Slide the floss between the teeth and extend it all the way up and underneath the gum tissue. Make sure that you do not forget to floss the back side of your last molar.
Why do I need to floss if I brush twice a day?
Flossing reaches the areas of your teeth which the bristle of a toothbrush simply cannot. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from the tight areas between the teeth where they touch. Additionally, flossing reaches up underneath the gum line, into the areas of the gums susceptible to forming pockets of bacteria and plaque, a feat to which no toothbrush can compare.
Regular Dental Examinations and Professional Cleanings in Jackson, MI
For more information on flossing or its importance in your daily oral care routine, please contact Dr. Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz in Jackson, MI. Call (517) 787-7520 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Find out how professional teeth whitening is the best way to get a whiter smile fast.
We know that you can turn to DIY remedies from Pinterest and over-the-counter whitening kits from your local drugstore and get minimal results over the course of several weeks. Of course, if you have a major event or special occasion coming up then you just don’t have time to wait for these products to give you those magical results. This is a job for our Jackson, MI, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz.
What you might not realize is that tooth enamel is porous, which means that it is ready to drink up all those stain molecules left on your teeth from years of drinking coffee and red wine and consuming dark-colored foods like tomato sauce. While surface stains can be removed during a routine dental cleaning from our Jackson dentist, professional teeth whitening is able to get into the deeper enamel layers to break up stain molecules in a way that even professional cleanings can’t.
“Why can teeth whitening target these molecules?” It’s the whitening agents within the gel that are able to successfully break up these molecules and remove stains from the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth. Teeth whitening will use one of two active ingredients: hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. While either of these agents are found in both professional and over-the-counter whitening products, our in-office system offers a high-quality whitening gel with a higher percentage of the active ingredient, which means that you’ll see more visible results in a shorter time period.
In fact, most patients get the results they want in just a one-hour whitening session. Before your treatment begins, we will perform a thorough cleaning to make sure your smile is free of plaque and tartar before applying the gel. We will also make note of the shade of your smile before treatment thanks to our handy shade guide.
From there, a dental dam is placed to keep your mouth open and reveal your teeth while also protecting your gums and lips from the powerful whitening agents. In a typical whitening session, the gel is applied to the front of your teeth and then left on teeth for up to 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes are up, we will remove the gel, apply a fresh coat and leave it on for an additional 15 minutes. In most cases, you’ll get three whitening gel applications during your treatment.
After just one session you’ll be able to instantly see the difference. Some smiles can instantly become up to seven shades whiter, while other more serious cases might require another whitening session to get rid of severe or widespread stains.
Are you ready to get in-office teeth whitening in Jackson, MI? If so, call our dental office today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with us. Let’s find out if professional teeth whitening will finally give you those beautiful results you want.
When establishing your daily oral hygiene routine, don’t neglect your flossing. Flossing daily is an important step in maintaining your best oral health. Flossing helps clear away trapped food particles from between the teeth, which is important for preventing excess bacteria from lingering. Bacteria left to linger on the teeth can lead to the development of tooth decay and gum disease. Regular flossing helps prevent these problems. Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz are your Jackson, MI, dentists for helping you maintain good oral health.
Importance of Flossing
Brushing the teeth with a fluoride-containing toothpaste twice daily is a critical part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, brushing alone does not always remove trapped food particles and bacteria. Dental floss can get in between teeth where a toothbrush cannot always reach and clear out any trapped particles. This is important for removing bacteria that can lead to the development of such oral health concerns as plaque, tartar buildup, gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Flossing helps prevent these problems from developing.
Flossing should be an integral part of your daily oral hygiene routine, but it is important to floss correctly for maximum benefits. When flossing your teeth, work with a piece of dental floss approximately 18 inches long in order to have enough to clean in between all of your teeth. To begin, wrap the ends of the floss around both index fingers. Next, gently slide the dental floss back and forth between your teeth. The gentle back and forth motion helps loosen any trapped food particles.
When flossing, be sure to do so in a gentle manner to protect the gums. Flossing too aggressively can cause the gums to bleed. However, if your gums regularly bleed even when flossing gently, it is possible you have gum disease and should see your Jackson, MI, dentist. If gum disease is present, the dentist can help restore your oral health. In the meantime, continue gently brushing and flossing daily to promote healthy teeth and gums.
For your healthiest teeth and gums, don’t neglect your flossing. Additionally, be sure to visit your dentist regularly for optimal oral health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith or Dr. Liskiewicz, your Jackson, MI, dentists, call the office at (517) 787-7520.
Dental implants can restore your smile.
When people lose a permanent tooth they often think that there is no way they will ever get their smile back. Don’t feel defeated just yet. Our Jackson, MI, dentists Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz can get your smile back on track with a restoration known as a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
When you lose a tooth you also lose the roots of the tooth. While it might not seem like it, the roots are actually an important part of your oral health. The roots are what stimulate the jawbone to help preserve it. Without this stimulation, the jawbone will start to deteriorate, which can lead to structural changes in the face and even premature aging. An implant, which is a tiny metal post, is designed to take over the role of your tooth roots to prevent jawbone deterioration and to become a foundation from which to support the artificial tooth.
What makes someone a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are an adult dealing with tooth loss then chances are pretty good that implants could be a viable option for you. Of course, here are some factors that will help determine whether this is the right restoration for you:
You’re in good health
This means that both your oral health and general health are excellent. Sure, you may have lost a tooth but if you are dealing with untreated gum disease, this is an issue that needs to be treated beforehand.
You aren’t a smoker
Smokers are far more likely to deal with implant failure than a non-smoker. Therefore, if you are currently a smoker you’ll want to quit the habit for good if you want to be a good candidate for implants. Our Jackson, MI, general dentists can help you determine the best options for quitting smoking for good. Not only will this reduce your risk of implant failure but it will also reduce your risk of other dental problems associated with smoking.
You have a healthy jawbone
Since some bone loss is common in those with tooth loss (particularly those who haven’t sought treatment right away) it’s important that we determine the density of the jawbone to make sure that it can truly support an implant. Taking a series of X-rays will help us determine the health of your jawbone. If there is significant bone loss this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get implants; however, bone grafting surgery may be recommended beforehand to help rebuild the jawbone so that it can support the implant.
Don’t let tooth loss affect your self-esteem and health. Turn to the dental implant experts in Jackson, MI, who can help you regain a healthy smile. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation.
Approximately 120 million people in the US have lost at least one permanent tooth, states the American College of Prosthodontists. Are you one of them? If so, you have many wonderful options to mitigate the effects tooth loss has on your personal appearance, speech, chewing and self-confidence. Your family dentists in Jackson, MI, Dr. Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz, offer state-of-the-art dentures to fill those smile gaps and restore oral function. The great fit and natural look of dentures from Constance E. Smith DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry definitely will make you smile.
Reasons to replace missing teeth
Dentures fill gaps created by one, more or all teeth when they're lost to extensive tooth decay, periodontitis (gum disease) or oral trauma from a fall, car accident or other mishap. The biggest reason to replace missing teeth is not what you may think. Yes, a smile gap is unsightly, but did you know that other facial changes happen when you lose teeth?
It's true. When you lose teeth, your jaw bone and gums deteriorate and shrink. The height of your bite collapses, altering and aging your facial features. Additionally, tooth loss adversely affects your speech and makes foods difficult to bite, chew and digest properly.
So it just makes sense to consult your family dentist about tooth replacement.
Types of dentures
Today's tried and true tooth replacement option is the denture. Either partial, replacing a few teeth, or full, replacing all the teeth, dentures mimic the appearance and performance of natural teeth. They're made from lifelike acrylic according to precise oral impressions and your family dentist's specific instructions in Jackson.
Specifically, partial dentures resemble a jigsaw puzzle piece, filling gaps on the upper or lower arch as needed. The artificial teeth, or pontics, are mounted on a metal frame and held to adjoining teeth with clasps. Dr. Smith does some enamel reduction on the supporting teeth so the clasps fit securely.
Full dentures come in a couple of different styles, and the dentist helps patients decide which kind is best for their particular situations. Immediate dentures, for instance, are placed right after tooth extraction. As gums and bones recede, however, these artificial teeth must be relined or even replaced to fit properly for the long term.
Conventional full dentures are placed after gums and bone have fully healed. These dentures offer the most precise fit and last for years. For selected patients, full dentures may be anchored with dental implants. Placed in multiples right in the jaw bone, implants create a remarkably stable foundation for both fixed or removable dentures.
Do you need dentures?
Whether you are anticipating extraction, have existing smile gaps or are a current denture wearer, consult the expert staff at Constance E. Smith DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for your denture needs. You can optimize your facial appearance and oral function with the best in dental prosthetics from your family dentist in Jackson, MI. Please call the office to arrange your consultation: (517) 787-7520.
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