Flossing: What’s the Big Deal?

January 20, 2017

Filed under: Blog — puredental @ 5:01 pm

Okay, let’s be honest. How many of us are actually flossing? Well according to the ADA, only half of Americans are flossing daily, and nearly 20% of Americans aren’t flossing at all! And even these statistics might be skewed. People aren’t comfortable telling the truth about flossing. According to another study, 27% of people admitted to lying to their dentist about how often they floss their teeth—and those are just the ones who admitted it! It seems that an overwhelming number of people aren’t flossing enough, or even flossing at all. So what’s the big deal? These people are still brushing—that should be good enough, right? Wrong. The impact that not flossing is having on your life is MUCH greater than you may think.
Flossing is important because it reaches & cleans parts of your teeth that brushing alone cannot. In fact, when you fail to floss, you are leaving 1/3 or your tooth’s surface unattended. You are also failing to reach the space below the gum line.
OK, so why does this matter? It matters because when we fail to clean these parts of our teeth, plaque begins to accumulate which is a predecessor for tooth decay and gum disease. Not only will this cause you a lot of pain, it will cause you a LOT of money and time spent on dental procedures. What’s worse is that gum disease leaves you susceptible to blood borne infections which can cause inflammatory diseases that move to other parts of the body. Gum disease is also linked to heart disease. That means by just spending a few more minutes in the bathroom every day, you could be saving yourself the time, money, and pain of dealing with a whole lot of problems down the line. Nearly half of us (the half that don’t floss regularly) develop some form of periodontal disease (another name for gum disease) in our lifetimes, which can lead to something much, much worse.
So why don’t more people floss? The short answer—it’s more work for people & people don’t understand the risk they’re taking. When surveyed by the American Academy of Periodontology, 9% of respondents said they would rather do their taxes than floss, 14% said they’d rather clean their toilet, and 18% said they’d rather wash the dishes. We want all you floss-haters out there to know that it’s not so bad! It’s definitely easier than your 10-40EZ and much more pleasant than scrubbing your toilet bowl. It only takes a couple extra minutes out of your day, and once you make it a part of your routine, you won’t even think about it anymore! Trust us. You’ll be saving yourself a world of pain, money, and time later on down the line if you start flossing now!

To learn the proper technique for flossing, check out this quick video

Sources:
NPR
Perio.org

Why WaterLase Means A More Comfortable Visit

January 6, 2017

Filed under: Blog — puredental @ 5:01 pm

At Pure Dental Spa, we utilize the latest dental technology to give our patients quick, painless, & effective treatments. We want to resolve your dental problem in as little time as possible. We also want to minimize the level of discomfort our patients feel. One of the best options for optimizing comfort in dental procedures is laser dentistry. At Pure Dental Spa, we’ve employed WaterLase dental lasers to make your visit to us as comfortable as possible.

How Laser Dentistry Works

Using a laser, a dentist can more accurately and more efficiently target tooth decay to fix it. The laser is pointed at the decayed portion of the tooth. The decay contains more water molecules than the rest of the tooth, which are heated rapidly. The laser causes the rotten area to “pop” and thereafter kills any bacteria remaining in the tooth.

Why Laser Dentistry Is More Comfortable

Lasers eliminate the heat and vibrations that often cause patients discomfort & pain. Lasers are also much quieter than traditional drills, meaning you will hardly notice that work is being done in your mouth. Lasers often eliminate the need for local anesthesia, minimize bleeding and swelling, and decrease recovery time after a treatment! Because lasers are more precise and more efficient, it also makes treatments quicker, meaning you spend less time in the chair.

Are Lasers Safe?

People often hear the word “laser” and become instantly nervous. This is often because of a distrust of new technology, or people’s preconceived notions due to things they’ve seen in movies or on TV. Let’s be clear about something: Laser dentistry is incredibly safe. WaterLase lasers are approved by the FDA, and our hygienists and dentists have been certified to use Biolase technology. Lasers are used by a wide variety of dentists nationwide and yield better results than their more traditional counterparts.

Pure Dental Spa

If you have more questions about WaterLase dental lasers, feel free to contact Pure Dental Spa. If you are looking to get procedures from oral surgery, to canker sore treatment, to cavity removal and more, you may be a great candidate for laser dentistry. Contact us using the contact form or call us during business hours to schedule your reservation!

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