How to lose friends and alienate people: Dental Edition
Getting rid of bad breath can be difficult. Here are some ways to give yourself and others relief.
Flossing: The neglected habit
I often wonder what makes flossing the neglected stepchild of good oral health practices. It’s probably different for everyone, but I’ve come up with a couple of ideas. For one, when you wake up in the morning, the specter of morning breath haunts you until you’ve brushed your teeth. With that job completed, the difference in freshness is so great, the impetus for oral health care has passed. For another, if you haven’t flossed in a while, it doesn’t feel great and can le
Back in Plaque
Prior to becoming a dentist, I think the majority of my knowledge concerning dental plaque came from a Tarzan-like bottle of Cool Mint Listerine swinging through a computer-generated jungle to the beloved music of the 1980’s new wave band Baltimora. (Do yourself a favor and watch a few minutes of the music video for “Tarzan Boy”, you won’t be disappointed.) My guess is that both my dentist and hygienist mentioned plaque a time or two, but apparently they needed to be swingin
Back to Basics
What could be more fundamental to good oral health than brushing your teeth? Brushing is something we have done so many times that we often go through the motions without even thinking. Brushing your teeth may not be rocket science, but there are some basic concepts that should be remembered. If you are going to take the time and effort to do it, why not do it right?!? When I discuss brushing habits and techniques with patients, I get a variety of responses. My favorite re