Why are my gums bleeding?

Q. I know that I should floss but every time I do, my gums bleed and are sore.  If flossing is good for me, why do my gums bleed? A.  Although many patients find this concerning, some soreness and bleeding is common when one begins to floss.  The flossing is not the primary cause of… Continue reading

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Do I really need my teeth cleaned twice each year?

My insurance only covers cleaning once a year now.  Do I really need to come in twice a year? The short answer is: “Only if you want to keep your teeth”. The thought process usually goes something like this… “I skipped two cleanings.  When I went back, I didn’t have ANY cavities!  Maybe I only… Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning

Spring is here!  Time to clean out the cupboards, empty the fridge, sweep the cobwebs… and get your teeth cleaned? That’s right.  If you’ve fallen off the dental band wagon, it’s time to put your regular dental checkup and cleaning at the top of your spring to-do list. People often think that brushing and flossing renders regular dental cleanings… Continue reading

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