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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Am I Brushing Too Hard?

Q. My dentists over the years have told me that my gums are receding and that my teeth have notched near my gums because I am brushing too hard.  I don’t think that I brush too hard.  How do I know if this is the reason for my worsening condition? A.  While heavy handed brushing… 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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