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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When should I floss?

Q. My daughter came home from school today with a quiz over dental health.  The only question she missed was on flossing.  Should you floss before or after you brush? A. Flossing does between your teeth what brushing does on the easier-to-reach surfaces. Using food debris as fuel, bacteria form microscopic colonies on the surface… Continue reading

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Holiday Snacking: How to Protect your Pearly Whites

Pumpkin pie.  Sugar Cookies. Candy canes. Sugar plums. Chocolate fudge. These holiday essentials are part of what makes this time of year special… but they are also the same foods that may contibute to that cavity that needs filled in the spring.  Here are some tips that will help you minimize the impact of some of your sugary holiday favorites… Continue reading

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