Bacteria Growth In Our Mouths

Bacteria Growth In Our Mouths

Many of us were told as children that there were tiny armies in our mouths which attacked our teeth. The only way to defeat these invaders was to brush our teeth and go to the dentist regularly.

While the bacteria that live in our mouths doesn’t wield the swords and spears of these pretend armies, bacteria can damage our teeth. There are over 700 known strains of bacteria, though most people are host to only 30-75 different types. We also cannot completely eradicate all the bacteria in our mouths.

For one thing, we need the bacteria. Some strains are probiotic and they help break down food for digestion. Other types of bacteria actually strengthen our teeth and gums! However, there are still types of bacteria which are damaging to your oral health.

Top Two Harmful Bacteria

There are two strains of bacteria which commonly cause harm to individuals’ oral health. These are not the most destructive but if left untreated, they can be incredibly harmful.

  • Porphyromonas gingivalis – It is not normally found in a healthy mouth. The presence of this strain of bacteria has been linked to the oral disease periodontitis. If you develop periodontitis, it will progressively damage your jaw bones and the surrounding tissue. This disease can be very painful and can result in tooth loss.
  • Streptococcus mutans – This type of bacteria feeds on the starches and sugars you eat. While it can be found in healthy mouths, you need to be careful to keep it under control. As it eats the leftover sugars and starches on your teeth, it produces an enamel-eroding acid. This leaves your teeth vulnerable to cavities.

Managing Oral Bacteria

Once you have picked up a strain of oral bacteria, it is unlikely you can become rid of it. However, you can take steps to control the bacteria population.

  • Brush after meals – While many people only brush once or twice a day, it is best if you can brush your teeth after every meal. The bacteria will grow unchecked as it digests your meal, so you will want to brush as soon as possible after each meal. There are disposable toothbrushes you can carry if you are caught out and unable to reach your regular toothbrush. If you can, keep a work toothbrush so you can brush after lunch breaks.
  • Protect your toothbrush – It is important to protect your toothbrush. Rinse it off in hot water before and after using it. Do not allow others to borrow your toothbrush. Keep it upright and away from areas where it could be splashed. You don’t want to introduce more bacteria to your mouth via your toothbrush.
  • Floss daily – Brushing just isn’t enough when it comes to protecting your teeth from overactive bacteria. These invisible invaders can easily slip between teeth and avoid the most thorough teeth brushing. You can floss after every meal like brushing. Many people are too vigorous with their floss and can cut their gums, so if you are an exuberant flosser, you may want to stick to just flossing daily.
  • Rinse with mouthwash – An astringent mouthwash act as an antibacterial when you rinse your mouth with it. It will not kill all the bacteria but can keep the growth under control. You should not substitute brushing your teeth with mouthwash. While mouthwash can help control the bacteria, you still need to use a toothbrush to dislodge small bits of food and to thoroughly clean the surface of your teeth.

With regular care and dental visits, you should be able to keep your mouth’s bacterial growth under control and your smile intact.

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Procedure Concerns That Are Totally Normal, We Promise!

Procedure Concerns That Are Totally Normal, We Promise!

Let’s be honest, going to the dentist is nobody’s favorite thing, but we all know how important it is to keeping our smile at it’s healthiest. Even as an adult there are various dental procedures that can leave us feeling a little nervous. These nerves are totally normal and hopefully by understanding them a little better you’ll be able to relax next time you visit the dentist.

All the Tools

Even if you’re just visiting the dentist for a cleaning, there are still a number of tools that are used to keep those teeth looking their best. Before you sit down in your seat, you eye those tools wondering how they could possibly be so small, because when they are in your mouth it feels like they quadruple in size. This concern is completely justified, after all some of those tools are sharp and others sound like power tools. Rest easy knowing that the hygienist and dentist working on your teeth are more than qualified to use these tools properly. Furthermore, while these tools may look intimidating, they are all necessary to get your teeth as clean as possible.

That’s Been in Someone Else’s Mouth

Even if you’re generally not too concerned about germs, I’m sure it’s crossed your mind how well all those dental instruments have been cleaned. Those tools have been in someone else’s mouth and unless you know how well they’ve been sterilized, that can leave you feeling very uneasy. Dental tools are separated into three different categories depending on their risk for transmitting disease.

  1. Critical– These are the instruments that have been in direct contact with the gums and bone and need to be sterilized after each patient. These tools are sterilized by autoclaving, which is steam under intense pressure, dry heat, or chemical vapor.
  2. Semi- Critical– These are all of the tools that never penetrated your teeth or gums but did have contact with your saliva. These also need to be either sterilized or disinfected with a registered Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sterilant after each use.
  3. Non-Critical– These instruments have little chance of transmitting infection as they are tools that only come in contact with the patient’s skin. These tools simply need to be cleaned with a hospital disinfectant after each patient’s use.

If germs are what’s making you nervous about visiting the dentist, knowing how well every tool is cleaned after each use should make you feel better about your next visit.

The Shot

No matter how old you are, everyone’s least favorite part about visiting the dentist is the numbing shot that you get before getting a cavity filled. Before your injection, you will be given a topical anesthetic to take away the painful pinch that comes from the injection of the needle. This needs to be left on for about a minute to work effectively. If you start to feel any pain, there is no need to be a hero! Tell your dentist of your discomfort! The last thing they want to do is cause you unnecessary pain.

Hopefully now that some of your fears have been dispelled, visiting the dentist can be something that you look forward to, after all who doesn’t love the feeling of freshly cleaned and polished teeth.

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Protecting Your Toothbrush From Bacteria On The Go

Protecting Your Toothbrush From Bacteria On The Go

There is a lot to be done in order to protect your toothbrush from growing bacteria both at home or on the go. The following will help ensure that what you’re using to clean those pearly whites stays clean.

Sharing Isn’t Always Caring

Some couples may think it’s a sign of how close they are when they start sharing a toothbrush. In reality, what they’re really sharing is each other’s microorganisms. By using the same toothbrush, you’re exchanging bodily fluids that could lead to an increased risk of infections. If you really care about that significant other, use your own toothbrush.

Keep it Clean

Before using your toothbrush, rinse it thoroughly with tap water to get rid of any debris. If you’re sick or have an autoimmune disease, it’s a good idea to soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash such as Listerine prior to use. After brushing your teeth make sure to again rinse your toothbrush well by using hot tap water to eliminate excess toothpaste and debris.

Deep Clean

The best way to prevent bacteria from getting on your toothbrush is to use a UV toothbrush sanitizer. These sanitizers use UV light to kill 99.9% of the bacteria and germs that can accumulate on your toothbrush.

Store it Properly

After you’ve cleaned your teeth and rinsed your toothbrush you may be tempted to cover it with a plastic lid and throw it in a drawer. Instead, store your toothbrush upright using some kind of container and let it air dry. By covering your toothbrush with a cap you are preventing your toothbrush from drying quickly and completely which may lead to mildew growth.

  • On the Go- If you’re traveling and therefore away from your toothbrush container, instead brush your teeth like normal, and then set your toothbrush on a clean towel to allow it to dry before throwing it back in your Ziploc or other plastic container.

Replace 3-4 Times a Year

When it comes to your toothbrush, don’t make any sentimental attachments. You should be replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months or whenever you start to notice signs of wear. When the bristles on your toothbrush fray or start to thin, they are not cleaning your teeth and gums adequately. Even though the toothbrush heads that come with electrical toothbrushes are pricier, they still need to get replaced every 3-4 months.

When you follow these tips, you can rest assured knowing that your toothbrush is as clean as possible before each use.

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Caring for Toddler Teeth

Caring for Toddler Teeth

Toddler teeth may not be permanent, but it’s important to care for them as if they are! Here are a few interesting facts about toddler teeth:

  • The enamel of baby teeth is thinner than the enamel of permanent teeth, which makes them more susceptible to decay than permanent teeth.
  • Toddler teeth typically appear much more white than permanent teeth. This is why when your child has a mix of the two, it can make for a goofy grin with some teeth bright white and others a little more yellow.
  • Baby teeth, sometimes called deciduous teeth, hold the spot where a permanent tooth will eventually pop up. This is why having missing teeth for long periods of time as a toddler can cause alignment or crowding issues as the permanent teeth grow into spots that haven’t had a placeholder for a while.
  • Toddlers typically have 20 teeth and adults have 32 permanent teeth. The extra teeth are wisdom teeth we develop as adults. Luckily our jaws naturally grow and lengthen to make room for these new teeth.
  • Baby teeth have much shorter roots, which allows them to fall out more easily.
  • Permanent teeth have small ridges on the end when they first come in. These little bumps are called mamelons and they usually wear away on their own as you grow up. Some dentists shave them off for adults to get a more polished looking smile.

Now that we know a little bit more about toddler teeth and how they are unique from permanent teeth, here are a few tips of care for baby teeth.

  • Brush, brush, brush! This might seem like a boring answer but it’s the best one. Getting into the habit of twice daily brushing with your little one as soon as they have teeth is key. It’s the first line of defense against sugary substances clinging to their teeth and starting the decay cycle. The longer you wait to brush and the more inconsistent you are, the more likely your child is to be resistant.
  • Ditch the bottle. As comforting as a bottle might be for your little one, it can wreak havoc on their teeth. Prolonged use a bottle, especially one filled with juice or milk, can leave sugar lingering on your toddler’s teeth all night. We recommend transitioning from a bottle to a sippy cup between 18 months and 2 years old.
  • Visit the dentist early. We recommend bringing your toddler in to see us by the time they have several teeth. Your first appointment will be more about getting them comfortable with the environment and our staff. We love meeting these little ones and do everything possible to give them a good experience that will have them excited to come back again.
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When To Invest in Cosmetic Dentistry For Your Child

Childrens dental

Cosmetic dentistry procedures have never been more popular — but are they suitable for children and teens? As parents continue to ask us questions about these types of procedures for their children, we offer this advice: yes, and no.

Our family-oriented office office follow a less-is-more approach. We believe in doing everything we can to keep our patient’s teeth healthy and attractive, but there are certain procedures we think are best suited for adults.

Also, we like to educate our patients about how one of the gifts of youth is relatively healthy teeth. Adolescence is the time you want to teach your kids about how to take care of their teeth on their own without having to use some of their more advanced treatments adults need due to aging and other factors.

PROCEDURES THAT SHOULD WAIT

Some parents have asked us about placing veneers on their child’s teeth. While it is possible, we strongly discourage this practice because we believe that most children’s teeth are still changing and moving. It makes no sense to make a large financial investment on teeth that will likely shift within a few months or years.

Another reason to hold off on veneers is that a significant portion of your tooth enamel needs to be removed for the veneer to be placed. It’s smart to keep as much of your natural tooth material in your mouth as possible.

We have the same philosophy for crowns and dental implants and we avoid them in children and teens when necessary.

PROCEDURES CHILDREN AND TEENS CAN BENEFIT FROM

  • One treatment we suggest to parents of children and teens with discolored teeth is microabrasion. Microabrasion is highly effective technique that often improves the color of your teeth enough that don’t need whitening. The treatment involves removing tiny bits of stained and discolored enamel with a mild liquid solution and a dental tool.
  • Bonding is another widely-accepted practice used that can technically be considered a cosmetic procedure. Bonding is when we use a composite material to repair chips, cracks and fractures in teeth. We still tread very lightly. We only like to do this when completely necessary and err on the conservative side.
  • Braces can also be considered a cosmetic procedure, even though many times straightening teeth is also hugely beneficial for the health of your child’s teeth as well as the aesthetics.
  • For teenagers, there is also whitening. Generally, we follow the recommendation of the Academy of General Dentistry that advises against whitening before age 14. If your teen is older than 14 and has doesn’t have any baby teeth left, whitening can be considered. It can help immensely with self esteem in the turbulent teenage years. To begin with, we always suggest to start out with a whitening toothpaste and look for results. If that doesn’t work, you can step it up to bleaching. Instead of trying out whitening products at home and possibly misusing them, we advise patients request a low concentration bleach solution from our office.
  • Throughout the years we have taken our regular procedures and found ways to make them more aesthetically pleasing without changing the actual result of the procedure. For instance, metal fillings used to be norm, but now we almost always use composite tooth-colored fillings. This avoids the distracting metal mouth look and still gets the job done.
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Broken Tooth Repair In Billings Montana

Broken Tooth Repair In Billings Montana

Teeth are incredibly strong. In fact, the outermost layer of your teeth, enamel, is the hardest substance in the human body and contains an extremely high percentage of minerals.

However, there are certain situations that may cause your teeth to crack, chip or break. Here at Bridge Creek Dental we are experts are repairing broken teeth and love to find creative solutions that get your tooth back in perfect condition.

COMMON CAUSES OF BROKEN TEETH

One of the most common causes of a broken tooth is extreme bite force caused by chewing on something particularly hard. Things like popcorn kernels, ice, nuts, olive pits and hard candy can wreak havoc on your teeth. The combination of hard candy that is also sticky (such as a caramel apple suckers) is especially prone to cause damage.

Chewing on pens or other things that are not meant for teeth can also cause damage.

Injuries, both sport and non-sports related are also a common culprit behind broken teeth. Wearing a mouth guard can reduce your risk of damage dramatically.

Cavities can also cause your teeth to break. When decay forms due to poor dental habits, your tooth is compromised and more likely to break. It becomes weak and starts to deteriorate from the inside out. Brushing daily and practicing good flossing habits can keep your teeth healthy and strong.

TYPES OF BROKEN TEETH & SUBSEQUENT REPAIRS

Tooth fractures range in severity. Sometimes it is only a chip in the enamel. For these situations, the solution is simple. We can contour or shave the area to smooth away the crack. We can also perform a bonding procedure wherein we fill in the crack or chip with resin material.

If the chip or crack reaches the dentin or pulp layers of your tooth, it is much more serious. If we suspect the fracture has reached this level, we will do a dental x-ray to confirm the depth. The stakes are higher when pulp is exposed because there is then a risk of infection and a root canal may be necessary to preserve the health of the tooth. Deeper fractures can also expose nerve endings, which is very painful and can make your tooth highly sensitive to hot and cold substances and air.

To repair a more extensive crack or fracture, we will clean the area thoroughly, performing a root canal if necessary, and then apply a filling or crown to restore your tooth to it’s original shape and function.

If your tooth breaks down the root level, it’s possible that we may need to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant. This is not as common in our practice and usually a last resort.

BROKEN TEETH NEED IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Unlike broken bones that eventually heal on their own, teeth do not naturally heal on their own. This is because teeth are primarily composed of minerals not cells, and cells are where healing and regeneration come from. If you have any type of break in your tooth it is important to get into our office immediately for repair. We can prevent further damage from occurring, take away your pain and get your smile back in tip top shape.

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Baby Teeth: When To Repair And When To Pull

Baby Teeth: When To Repair And When To Pull

Baby Teeth: When To Repair And When To Pull

Going to the dentist isn’t something children usually enjoy, even the family-friendly dentist office we have here at Bridge Creek Dental. Even worse is when there is something wrong with their teeth when they come in.

It is best when parents understand what issues may come up with their children’s teeth and why the dentist may recommend repairing or the extraction of a child’s baby tooth. That way parents can explain to their children and help them be less afraid as they come into our office and understand why they are undergoing the procedure.

When To Repair Baby Teeth

It is best to leave baby teeth in their position until their permanent replacements have begun to move in, as it helps the adult teeth emerge in the correct position. With this end in mind, the dentist will choose to repair a baby tooth when:

  • Knocked out – If kept moist, the tooth can be reinserted and re-root until it is time for it to be displaced by the permanent tooth.
  • Decay – If your child has developed a cavity, the top priority is to fill the cavity and keep the decay from spreading, as it can damage other teeth and the nerves in the jaw.
  • Speech development – Children who are missing several teeth find it difficult to learn to pronounce words properly as they can’t get their mouths to form the sounds correctly.

Time To Pull The Baby Tooth

However, there are times when it is necessary for the removal of a troublesome baby tooth. A dentist will recommend the removal of a baby tooth when:

  • Abscess formation – Should tooth decay spread through an untreated baby tooth, an abscess (painful pocket of pus) can occur near the area of decay. Along with needing to extract the dying tooth, the child could be in serious danger and need to be hospitalized to help combat the infection.
  • Delayed eruption – Baby teeth have a basic and natural schedule they follow for when they are to be pushed out by permanent teeth. However, a dentist may notice that one or more of the baby teeth are being stubborn and will not move out of the way of the new adult tooth. As long as you have regular dental visits, your dentist will be able to assess if your child is losing their teeth according to schedule.

Preventative Future Practices

The enamel on baby teeth is much thinner than adult teeth, so they are more prone to decay. Parents need to take proactive measures when it comes to their children’s dental health and help their children develop lifelong oral hygiene practices. Some of the basics are:

  • Start before they have teeth
  • Set up a routine
  • Have a reward system
  • Schedule regular dental visits
  • Be an example

By helping your children develop these good practices, you can help them alleviate some of the terror of going to the dentist and save money on their healthy teeth!

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5 Foods To Most Likely Get Stuck In Between Your Teeth

5 Foods To Most Likely Get Stuck In Between Your Teeth

There was a study released not too long ago that questioned whether flossing daily had any medical benefit. The media went into a frenzy, claiming that all this time it had been a waste. Those who hated to floss sighed in relief, threw out their dental floss and unburdened themselves of the guilt of having lied to the dentist about the frequency of their habit.

Only one problem: the study didn’t prove anything. It was actually a meta analysis of many other studies, and it did not take into account many factors including: the honesty of patients about flossing, the difference between professional and self-flossing, or the products used for the flossing.

Keeping It Clean

Anyone who has looked at their floss after using it knows that a lot gets stuck in there. Flossing is definitely a good idea, especially if you have a problem with plaque or your gums. But avoiding food that tends to get stuck could also help. Here are the five worst offenders.

1 – Popcorn – Popcorn kernels are among the worst items to get stuck between your teeth because they can feel impossible to get out. Sometimes they will end up pressed into the front of the tooth, under the gum. In extreme cases it may take a dentist to get it out.

2 – White Bread – While you may not think about this as a big problem white bread is actually very prone to mushing and getting in between those spaces. You are probably imagining a time when you had to press the bread from your teeth with your tongue. Denser breads, like wheat, are less likely to do this.

3 – Seeds – Sesame seeds are usually considered the worst, but any seed can easily get stuck in your teeth. It doesn’t help that they are so commonly placed on everything from buns to bagels. At least they are a good source of healthy fats for your diet, right?

4 – Spinach – There is something almost magical about the way spinach wriggles its way into every single crevice of your mouth. It is unlike any leafy green, and because it is so soft you will usually fail to feel it there. Instead you will be embarrassed when your crush lets you know that a glob of green gunk is messing up your usually pristine smile.

5 – Meat – Not all meats are known for this, but some are inevitably going to stick around in those gums. Tough meats like steak are a frequent perpetrator, as are any that you eat on the bone, like chicken wings or ribs.

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Great Candidates For Gum Lift Procedures

Great Candidates For Gum Lift Procedures

For those who have excess gum tissue, or what is more commonly referred to as a “gummy” smile, gum lift procedures have become an excellent cosmetic option. Our dental team is well-trained on this procedure and we love being able to offer this life-changing solution to our patients.

In a gum lift, we use a dental laser to remove excess gum tissue. In more extreme cases, we also remove and/or shave down bone tissue as part of the gum lift.

Traditionally scalpels have been used to perform the procedure, but today lasers have since become the highest standard of care. Not only are lasers less painful, they are also more precise. When we are dealing with small measurements like a millimeter of gum tissue, the more precise we can be the better! They also cauterize the gum tissue as we go.

As excess gum tissue is removed and more tooth is exposed, your smile will become more proportional. The results are incredible, but there are some things to consider before receiving a gum lift. Are you a good candidate? Read about some of the requirements necessary to be a candidate for a gum lift.

1. You need to have healthy teeth.

Before we do any type of procedure, cosmetic or otherwise, we like to make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible. We want to take care of any oral health problems you might have. There is no sense in fixing a cosmetic issue when a functional issue exists.

2. You need to have sufficient tooth root material.

As excess gum tissue is removed, more of your tooth root is revealed — which is why it is important that we establish that you have enough tooth root to expose without compromising the root. This is determined by an extensive examination by one of our dentists during your initial consultation and with x-rays.

If we take away too much gum tissue and too much of your tooth root is exposed, it can lead to complications including like sensitivity to hot/cold, developing an infection or loosening the tooth due to lack of a stabilizing foundation.

3. You must be able to receive a local anesthetic.

Before the procedure, we administer a local anesthetic (most commonly lidocaine) so that you are comfortable throughout the process. If you are unable to receive the anesthetic due to an allergy, medical condition or an anatomical variation, this may preclude you from receiving a gum lift. Typically you will know if you are allergic to an anesthetic by the classic signs like hives, rash, itching and/or difficulty breathing.

Certain medications can also cause an interaction. Please be sure to let us know of any and all medications and conditions you may have in the initial consultation. If you meet this criteria, then you will be an excellent candidate for a gum lift. Contact us to set up your appointment and start enjoying your new and improved smile!

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The History of Dental Floss

The History of Dental Floss

When you reach for your dental floss each day (hopefully you are reaching for it every day!), you probably don’t think twice about its origins. You likely have no idea how it came to be, but you are about to find out. Dental floss has an interesting history and has had many revisions and improvements since its inception.

CHEW ON THIS: ANCIENT “CHEW STICKS”

Babylonians dating back 3500 BC are believed to have used “chew sticks” to clean in and around their teeth. These small handheld sticks had frayed ends that were inserted in between teeth to remove debri. These sticks have also been found in Egyptian tombs from 3000 BC.

Sassafras, dogwood, olive, walnut, apple, pear, bamboo, fig, hazelnut, orange, lime, and birch trees are some of the more commonly known trees that are believed to have been used for chew sticks. In Africa and India, the Salvadora Persica tree was and is still currently being used to clean teeth with. In fact, in 1986, the World Health Organization actually recommended using these chewing sticks, also known as miswaks, for those in developing areas who may be without a modern toothbrush.

According to the Huffington Post, later in 1600 BC, the Chinese began selecting twigs from aromatic trees for their chewing sticks in order to freshen their breath as they cleaned their teeth.

FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH: HORSE HAIR FLOSS

The next material we see being used for flossing is horse hair. Historically, horse hair has had many household uses throughout the decades, from violin bows to textiles to fishing line. So it is makes sense that our predecessors used horsehair to clean their teeth as well.

Horsehair also makes an appearance in the history of the toothbrush. Documentation from 1223 describes how monks used a horsetail hair brush to clean their teeth. Boar hairs were also used during this time.

SILK ENTERS THE SCENE

Using silk as dental floss is the first place where we start to see more substantial documentation of the practice. One of the most prolific pioneers of dental care history, Levi Spear Parmly, is believed to be the first person to suggest using waxed silk thread to clean in between teeth.

In 1819, the revered dentist published a book titled “A Practical Guide To The Management of Teeth” that explained the origins of dental caries along with how to cure and prevent them.

In the book, Parmly is the first person to state that if teeth and gums are regularly cleaned, no decay can take place. While he may have been oversimplifying things, as many factors contribute to decay, he was definitely onto something. He also explained that every person needs three things to take care of their teeth: a toothbrush, a paste/powder for cleaning their teeth and some sort of flossing tool. These tools are still crucial today.

Parmly’s book was before it’s time. In the time period it was released, people just accepted the fact that their teeth were going to get cavities and fall out — it was a fact of life. It wasn’t until later with more research and advancements in dentistry did the public started to realize they had the power to preserve their teeth.

According to American Heritage’s Innovation & Technology magazine, one of the things that is so neat about Dr. Parmly was that while he was born into a family of wealthy dentists in New York, he moved to New Orleans and spent his time helping educating and helping lower-income individuals take care of their teeth.

FLOSS HITS THE MASSES

While the informed and wealthier members of society were beginning to floss regularly in the 1800s, it wasn’t until the end of the century that it became a widespread practice.

One of the things that helped this come about was the mass-production of unwaxed silk floss. In 1874 a patent was issued to Asahel M. Shurtleff. In 1882, Shurtleff’s Massachusetts-based company, Codman & Shurtleff, took the product to the market.

Later, Johnson & Johnson bought Codman and Shurtleff and continued selling floss.

When silk became harder to come by due to World War II, the use of nylon in floss begins. Nylon was a great material for floss because it was inexpensive and much stronger than silk. It is still widely used today!

In the early 1900s, another important figure in the history of flossing emerges, Dr. Charles Bass. He studied the microbiological flora in the mouth and how it plays into overall oral health. He found evidence that supported some of his predecessor Levi Parmly’s original ideas about the connection between flossing and tooth decay. He also helped pioneer the use of nylon floss and taught practitioners and patients how to properly floss.

MODERN FLOSSING: ENDLESS OPTIONS

Now that dental floss is a household staple, the dental supply industry has given us an endless amount of floss options to choose from.

For example, you can opt for waxed or unwaxed. Waxed varieties tend to slide over teeth more smoothly, while unwaxed can be better for those with dexterity issues.

You can also have a special flavor in your floss, from peppermint to cinnamon. Extra wide floss called dental tape is also available for those with larger gaps or spaces between their teeth.

There are also updated versions of ancient chew sticks. Today’s chew stick is a flossing pick and they make flossing super convenient. Different iterations of floss picks appear as early as 1888 and continued to improve through 1970s when single-handled and disposable floss picks appear.

No matter what type of floss you prefer, it is important to keep up on the habit to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

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