Flossing – The Key to Your Best Mouth

Dental flossing

When it comes to your oral hygiene flossing is more important than brushing your teeth, says Farber Center hygienist Kristen Ranaldo. However, most people leave it out of their daily oral care routine. 

Why Should I Floss?

Brushing twice a day can only reach so far in your mouth. 

However, flossing removes plaque from your teeth to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is made up of 500 bacterial species, which are both good and bad. Daily activity like eating, drinking, and other activities could contribute to disease in the gums and teeth.

Plaque not removed can harden and turn into tartar (or calculus). And once plaque turns into tartar, only a dentist can remove it.

Introducing Flossing Into Your Routine

When you first introduce flossing into your routine, it may cause some discomfort, but that should ease within a week or two. If the pain or discomfort continues, talk to your dentist.

Long Term Benefits

By ensuring you floss and brush your teeth regularly, as recommended, as well as having regular dental check-ups, you are doing all you can to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. This will save you a huge amount of money, as the cost of one filling along can be in the $100s!

Flossing takes very little time or effort and can easily form part of your daily tooth ritual. An extra minute or two per day will be well worth it when you don’t have to pay for fillings or tooth extractions.

 

Periodontal Disease: A Treatable Condition

periodontal disease is treated in Long Island at the Farber Center

 

Periodontal or gum disease is a silent, but progressive disease that leads to tooth loss.  However, with proper diagnosis, periodontal disease is treatable.

What is Periodontal Disease?

The term “periodontal”means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease is a common inflammatory condition. It affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth.

There are different stages of periodontal disease. The first stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums.  Bleeding often occurs at this stage. Bacteria in the form of plaque on the teeth actually cause gingivitis. When left untreated, it can spread to below the gum line.

When the gums become irritated by the toxins contained in plaque, a chronic inflammatory response causes the body to break down and destroy its own bone and soft tissue. There may be little or no symptoms as periodontal disease causes the teeth to separate from the infected gum tissue. Deepening pockets between the gums and teeth are generally indicative that soft tissue and bone is being destroyed by periodontal disease.

Detecting Disease

Periodontal disease for most patients is a silent disease because they do not feel it and they do not see it.  I compare periodontal disease to hypertension or high blood pressure, because in both cases people walk around with the condition and they are not aware of it.  If they do not go to the dentist or see their hygienist regularly, periodontal disease often remains undetected.  In my periodontal office, this is what we do day in and day out: diagnose periodontal disease.  In a matter of minutes, we can determine the level of disease and then recommend a course of treatment. 

Treatment

Treating gingivitis is easy. The earlier we catch this type of inflammation the better the success.  As the disease progresses or if it is left untreated, it often develops into what we call periodontitis, which is not only inflammation but also bone loss around the teeth. However, this condition is treatable and reversible. 

I have been treating periodontal disease for over 30 years.  The patients who do well are those who follow through with treatment, return for regular professional visits, and practice consistent good home-care habits.  The treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. Additionally, you have many options to treat this disease.  We utilize the latest in nonsurgical treatment, surgical treatment, and dental laser treatment.

We welcome new patients and encourage people to come in for a periodontal evaluation.