I heard that there's a connection between gum disease and heart disease. Is that true?
Yes. While there are several theories as to the exact reason, it has been shown that those with periodontal disease are nearly twice as likely to suffer from heart disease. In fact, periodontal disease can worsen heart conditions in general. Studies have also found evidence of a link between periodontal disease and stroke.
I just realized I'm grinding my teeth at night. What can I do?
Three Words: DenTek Dental Guard. This easy-to-fit, highly affordable solution will help you avoid the potentially devastating effects of Bruxism (night time teeth grinding.)
My doctor said there is plaque in my arteries. Could this be because I haven't gone to the dentist for a cleaning in over a year?
No. The plaque in your arteries and the plaque on your teeth are completely different. But you should still schedule a cleaning. And lay off the potato chips.
At what age should children start flossing?
Once any two teeth touch one another, it's time to start flossing. Usually they won't be able to adequately floss their teeth on their own until they're about nine. Until this time, you will probably need to do it for them.
What's the difference between plaque and tartar?
Tartar is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Tartar gives plaque more surface area to grow on. Also, it's more porous and therefore absorbs more stains. To avoid buildup, brush and floss daily.
Does mint flavored floss help get rid of bad breath?
Actually, all floss reduces bad breath. Flossing removes bacteria and it's bacteria that's responsible for bad breath.
There are so many types of new toothbrushes. Are there any that can do double duty so I don't have to floss?
Not now and probably not ever. It's simply a matter of surface area - a toothbrush can't reach every surface. In fact, brushing only cleans about 70% of your teeth. Flossing takes care of the other 30%.
Is it better to brush first or floss first?
Whichever you prefer. The important thing is to do both.
How do I know if I'm flossing correctly?
A good place to begin is with a visit to DenTek's Floss University. Pull up a chair and check out our instructional videos about flossing technique. Or consult your dentist or hygienist.
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