Top 5 Flossing Tips

Top 5 Flossing Tips - Dr. Bolding - Omaha Family Dentist

Flossing is an important part of any oral hygiene routine, however if you aren’t doing it correctly then it doesn’t count. Ensuring you are utilizing the proper flossing technique is critical to cleaning away the debris that gets caught between your teeth.

It’s this debris that can cause oral complications such as gingivitis, cavities and periodontal disease.

Here are a few essential tips for flossing effectively:

  1. Don’t skimp on the floss! Use approximately 18 inches of floss so you can hold it correctly and get the right grip.
  2. Be sure to tighten the floss by holding it between your thumb and index fingers. Use an up and down motion to guide it between your teeth.
  3. Holding the floss firmly against your tooth, curve it around the base making a “C” shape to go gently below the gumline.
  4. As you make your way around your mouth, use fresh sections of floss.
  5. If you are having a hard time with traditional floss, tools like floss picks or interdental brushes can help!

If you have questions about your flossing routine or if you would like a demonstration, ask us at your next appointment!

Be Healthy, Stay Hydrated… It’s Good For Your Teeth!


Why Water Is Important For Your Health and Teeth

Water is the foundation of your health, as it comprises 50 – 70% of your physical composition. You may wonder why adequate hydration is important if your body already contains so much water.

Why do you need to “refill” your body with water everyday?

Isn’t there already enough water in your body to keep you healthy, without having to add more?

Water is paramount for many functions within the body, from eliminating waste to maintaining a healthy internal temperature. Without adequate water supply, your body would not have enough fluids to carry out its vital functions. Since you lose water everyday through normal activities, such as sweating, using the bathroom, etc. you must replenish your fluids by drinking more water.

Why Drink Water?

It is important to hydrate your body with the cleanest, healthiest water available. Remember, not all beverages can hydrate like water can. For instance, alcohol, caffeinated, and sugary drinks do not prevent dehydration, and unfortunately they can sometimes intensify dehydration symptoms. Water, on the other hand, will replace lost fluids and help keep your body at peak performance. Not to mention what sugary drinks can do to your teeth!

Drinks with high amounts of sugar content can cause cavities and damage your teeth. This is why Dr. B’s drink of choice is straight-up H2O!

Gum Disease :: The Silent Disease


Gum disease has become so common that some think it’s normal.

For us, that’s just scary! Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that attacks your gums, along with the bones and ligaments that support your teeth. It can damage your appearance and even your entire body!

Important Things To Know About Gum Disease:

  1. It appears silently without symptoms and progresses slowly so you hardly notice
    until swollen and bleeding gums coupled with bad breath seem normal.
  2. Its severity can worsen due to inherited susceptibility, smoking, inconsistent home care,
    diet, and medications.
  3. Gum disease has been linked to many systemic illnesses including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, cancers, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

We can help prevent and even reverse the earliest signs of gum disease. If you are like half of people aged 30 or older and already have gum disease, we can help you find relief.

5 Diabetes Risks Everyone Should Know


Gum Disease and Diabetes: Don’t Take Chances

Dr. Bolding and our hygiene team want to make sure you know the connection between gum disease and diabetes. Gum disease is often called a complication of diabetes, so you need to be vigilant about both!

Here are 5 risks you should know about gum disease and diabetes:

  1. If you are a diabetic, you are more likely to develop infections, including gum disease.
  2. Gum disease can make it more difficult for anyone to control blood sugar… especially if you are diabetic.
  3. Uncontrolled blood sugar can increase your risk of complications.
  4. Diabetes is a major risk factor for systemic illnesses including Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular diseases. Both have been linked to advance gum disease.
  5. Nearly 26 million North Americans, including kids, are affected by diabetes. An estimated 79 million adults aged 20 years or older have “pre-diabetes” where blood sugar is higher than normal.

If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, we can help you keep gum disease under control through routine dental care and oral hygiene instruction.

Restore Your Smile And Look Your Best With Crowns


You deserve to look and feel your best! Live life to the fullest with a happy and healthy smile!

If damaged, discolored or missing teeth make you hide your smile, let Dr. Bolding help you bring back your self-confidence with durable, natural-looking crowns.

We offer three different options when it comes to crowns, suitable for all needs:

  • Single Crown :: Cover an unattractive or damaged tooth to improve it’s appearance, shape, function, and color.
  • Bridge :: Replace one or more missing teeth with a natural-looking artificial tooth to alleviate bit stress and help retain the shape of your face.
  • Implant Restoration :: Crowns, when used with a dental implant are long-lasting, non-removable enhancements that fill gaps and stop bone loss.

We are here to help you not only look your best, but feel your best! Contact us today and let’s help get your self-confidence back!

Gum Disease Can Increase Your Risk For Many Cancers


Maintaining a healthy smile through brushing, flossing and regular dental hygiene appointments is proven to do much more than keep your teeth white. A new study shows that postmenopausal women with a history of periodontal disease, are at a significantly increased risk for cancer, including lung, breast, esophageal, gallbladder and melanoma.

This study adds to previous evidence that there is in fact a link between periodontal disease and total cancer risk.

Periodontal disease is completely preventable and in most cases treatable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 47% of adults 30 years of age or older in the US have some form of periodontal disease. At 65 years and older, 70% of adults have worsening cases periodontal disease.

These numbers are staggering and we are fighting to help you prevent periodontal disease from even taken hold. Help us but maintaining your routine cleaning appointments as well as practicing good oral hygiene at home.

{Source: Medscape}

Sip and Snack All Day? You May Be Risking Tooth Decay!


What you eat and how often you eat it can affect your teeth.

Certain eating patterns and food choices can lead to tooth erosion and cavities. A steady supply of sugary foods and drinks, including sports drinks, sodas and energy drinks, can damage your teeth. Even snacking on healthy foods like oranges or dried fruit can increase your risk of erosion and cavities.

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. When this plaque is not removed it can build up. The bacteria in plaque creates acid from eating the sugars found in what you eat and drink. This acid attacks the hard surface of your tooth called enamel. The acid stays on the enamel for up to 20 minutes after you are finished eating or drinking. Eventually, your enamel can wear away from these acids and cavities will start to form.

Cavities do not go away on their own and must be treated.

When you have sugary foods or drinks numerous times through the day, your enamel is exposed to acid attacks, which raises your risk of tooth erosion and cavities.

How To Lower Your Risk Of Cavities:

  • Avoid sugary drinks when possible.
  • Limit snacks between meals and choose foods that are low in sugar.
  • If you do have sugary foods and drinks, have them with meals. Saliva increases during meals which can help rinse bits of food from your mouth.
  • Chew sugarless gum after meals which has been proven to increase saliva and reduce cavities.
  • Drink water with fluoride.
  • Visit us regularly to identify cavities early before major problems arise.

How To Prevent Acid Wear On Your Teeth


Easy Ways To Prevent Teeth Erosion

One of the most common issues we see in our office is dental erosion, which occurs when tooth enamel is dissolved by acid. This erosion can lead to sensitivity, yellowing and pitted or worn teeth.

Believe it or not, many everyday foods and beverages are the culprit of acid wear, even those promoted as “healthy”. For example, your post workout sports drinks or even lemon water.

Here are simple steps to prevent teeth erosion:

  • Avoid sugary or acidic beverages or use a straw to reduce contact with teeth.
  • Finish meals with acid-neutralizing milk or cheese.
  • After consuming anything acidic, wait an hour before brushing your teeth.

Our team can alert your to any signs of erosion and make sure to address any issues you might have!

Oral Habits That Could Result In Damage To Your Teeth and Smile


While your teeth are the strongest material in your body, over your lifetime they are subject to habits and wearing, which could cause problems like receding gums, enamel loss, cavities, and gum disease. Why rush this process through habits that can be harmful or damaging?

Here is a list of common habits that could cause lasting damage to your teeth…

Cracked / Chipped Teeth or Injured Gums:

  • Tearing packages open, untying knots, cracking nut shells, chewing ice or opening bottles with your mouth.
  • Using things like toothpicks or anything other than floss to get food stuck between your teeth.

Enamel Loss and Increased Risk of Cavities:

  • Sucking on lemons and other acidic fruit as well as drinking juices, power drinks and smoothies.
  • Brushing immediately after drinking juice which weakens tooth enamel.
  • Excessive scrubbing, brushing from side-to-side or up-and-down versus circularly.

Cavities, Gum Disease and General Health Problems:

  • Not brushing regularly.
  • Not flossing daily.
  • Excessive sugar.
  • Not maintaining dental recall visits or professional cleanings.

If you suffer from any of the habits above and are experiencing related issues, please contact us and we can help!

The Importance Of Keeping Your Gums Healthy


Gum Disease In Relation To Heart Attack, Diabetes and Cancer Risk

The importance of keeping your gums healthy cannot be overemphasized.

Recent studies indicated the association between heart disease and gum disease is at least as strong as the link between heart disease and cholesterol, body weight or smoking. The studies have also suggested that people with periodontal disease are more likely to develop diabetes. Inflammation in their blood has also been linked with cancer.

What is gum disease or periodontal disease? It is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth.

The studies also state that although it is premature to suggest oral hygiene can help prevent heart disease, diabetes or cancer – periodontal disease should nevertheless be treated.

Regular re-care appointments with our office and daily homecare will help you maintain your oral and overall health. Dr. Bolding performs an oral cancer exam at every recall appointment!