Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dental Floss ... A Tooth's Best Friend

Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing when it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth. Here are a few fun facts from Wilmette Dental on the marvels of floss -- an amazing dental care tool:

A Little floss does a BIG job.  In fact, don't floss and you miss cleaning a whopping 35% of your tooth surfaces -- even if you're thoroughly brushing your teeth.

About three million miles of dental floss are purchased each year in the U.S.  Yet only about 12% of Americans floss daily, and nearly half don't floss at all!

Dental floss was introduced in 1815, and was originally made of silk.  In 1898, the Johnson and Johnson Corporation received the first patent ever for dental floss.

Floss has earned a reputation for some rather unconventional uses.  Some of these unique floss applications include cheesecake cutting, picture hanging, making fishing lines, and crafting kite string.  It's also been rumored that dental floss has been woven together by prison inmates to create escape rope.

Floss, admittedly, can be a bit tricky to use.  The staff at Wilmette Dental is happy to show you easy ways to make this important tool a regular -- and quick -- part of your daily oral care routine.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Eat Your Way To A Healthy Smile

How you eat can be just as important as what you eat when it comes to maintaining a great-looking smile.  Wilmette Dental offers a few simple tips that can help help keep your smile its healthy best.

Eat carbs at mealtime.  Carbs such as as breads and chips break down into sugar that can increase the growth of oral bacteria.  But, when you eat carbs with larger amounts of food (as you would during a full meal rather than just a snack), you produce a much larger amount of saliva.  That saliva helps wash away the food particles that attract nasty oral bacteria.

Sip with a straw.  Most sodas, sports drinks and juices contain acid, which can erode tooth enamel. Sipping those types of beverages through a straw that's positioned at the back of the mouth limits their contact with teeth.

Follow a meal or snack with tea.  Tea contains polyphenol, an antioxidant plant compound that prevents tooth-decaying plaque from adhering to teeth.

Take your calcium.  Dietary calcium from cheese, milk and yogurt strengthens the alveolar bone in the jaw -- and that's the bone that helps hold teeth in place!

Increase Vitamin C.  This powerhouse vitamin helps keep teeth and gums healthy.