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With the weather changing, we all know the excitement approaching – back to school for the kiddos, football games & social gatherings, holidays on the way – but does flossing your teeth fit into your seasonal equation?
If it doesn’t, it should! Flossing is vital to oral hygiene and prevention of gum disease. You may think that brushing is adequate, but did you know that brushing alone can leave behind LOTS of bacteria?
Put simply, flossing is a way to remove the daily buildup of bacteria on the sides of, and in between your teeth. Our hygienist Molly explains, “The bristles of your toothbrush can only reach so much of the surface and space between your teeth.” While brushing covers about 70% of the tooth’s surface, roughly 30% goes completely untouched. And though this area is small, it is one of bacteria’s favorite places to hide.
Bacteria around the teeth causes the buildup of plaque which can lead to tooth decay and eventually submerge itself under the gums. This progression can cause far more serious, and commonly irreversible damage to the teeth, gums and bone.
Dental plaque begins as a sticky and colorless film, but, sooner or later, it becomes a yellowish or often brown stubborn substance called calculus, or tartar. And while these colors are commonly seen around town in decorations for the fall, we don’t want them on our teeth! The best way to prevent this is to implement flossing into your daily oral hygiene program. The plaque and bacteria literally adhere to the surface of the teeth and have to be physically disrupted to be broken away from the exterior. This is why using mouthwash is no replacement for flossing.
Floss was invented (in its most basic form) during the early 19th century by a dentist named Levi Spear Parmly. He suggested his patients use a piece of thread to dislodge food debris and other problematic bacteria from in between their teeth. Its popularity spread and was adopted more commonly after WWII. Up until the war, floss was made of silk, but the rising price of materials resulted in the switch to nylon instead. Now you can find every type of floss imaginable.
From waxed to flavored – the 21st century guarantees there is a floss for everyone! Our hygienist Claranne explains a few different developments and their tailoring to various dental restorations (i.e. crowns, fillings, bridges). “The dental field has made so many advancements and accommodations to different needs when it comes to flossing. Floss Threaders, for example, make flossing under bridges easy, while AirFlosser and Waterpik are the answer to flossing around crowns and larger spaces between teeth.”
She also swears by Oral-B’s Super Floss, which is thick and textured, perfect for braces and large gaps between teeth. “For sensitive gums, there are variations of spongy, soft floss,” Claranne continues. No matter what you reach for when it comes to flossing, we just hope that you’ll try it!
Flossing correctly can remove up to 80% of plaque, and this can completely change your dental health for the better! When flossing, make sure to wrap the floss around the tooth surface in a “C” shape, and use a rocking, back and forth motion. Claranne reminds us, “Popping the thread in and out is not really cleaning the space.” She also says grabbing a toothpick when out to lunch is not a bad idea for removing stubborn food debris until you are able to floss.
For the best results, make sure you are flossing once a day, typically at bedtime, prior to brushing. If you haven’t been flossing regularly, your gums will not be used to it and you may experience sensitivity and bleeding, but be persistent! If you continue to floss every day, the bleeding and irritation will subside in about a month.
With 64% of American adults tuning in to watch NFL football these days, it is shocking that only 12% of Americans floss on a daily basis. While these statistics are almost certainly unrelated, maybe the next time you get ready for kickoff, you’ll reach for the floss or Waterpik and think of the benefits. Remember, a smile is the most important thing you’ll wear (even more so than your favorite team’s jersey) – we would love to see yours!
My teeth have always been small which made my gums cover about 70% of my smile. For this reason, I have always been self-conscious when smiling. But because of Dr. Khullar’s generosity, kindness, and concern for my feelings he made the “total procedure” possible for me! Dr. Khullar and his team were as concerned and excited about the final outcome of my procedure as I was!
Now everyone tells me what a total difference it has made in my appearance. I cannot thank him and his team enough! He’s a wonderful person and an outstanding dentist. Because of them I cannot stop smiling!
Linda B. - Conway, AR
Dr. Khullar and his team including Lauren , Jeannie and Lori were exceptionally friendly and efficient, which is hard to find these days in doctor offices. During my recent visit they accommodated their schedule to get all my procedures on the same day. Dr. Khullar and his team spends time talking to you and explaining the procedures in detail. I would highly recommend this clinic to all my friends, family and physician peers. Keep up the great work!!
Senthil R. MD, MPH - Little Rock, AR
My last procedure was a root canal and two crowns. I was given plenty of time to relax, and because of the expertise and gentle care from Dr. Khullar and his team I actually slept through the entire procedure! Dr. Khullar stayed after hours to ensure that I was comfortable and answered all my concerns.
I travel an hour round trip to see Dr. Khullar and would encourage anyone else to do the same. His team, especially Jessica and Trish, make everything from insurance to payments to assisting in my dental care a surprisingly pleasant experience. You really can't say that about most dentists. Several of my family members are now patients at DK Dental, and we are the most satisfied we have ever been with our dental care!
Theresa C. - Conway, AR
Dr. Khullar and his team are so polite and fun to be around, it makes my visit enjoyable and relaxing. My mouth has done a 180 degree turn thanks to Dr. Khullar. He made me feel that every visit and every dollar was worth my wonderful new smile.
My life is much better without the pain of cavities. I feel free from the stress of bad teeth and bad gums. Dr. Khullar is one of my hero's, and his team is so nice and caring!
Dr. Khullar and his team are friendly and take excellent care of my family's teeth. The office is equipped with the technology needed to stay current with new advances in dentistry. They are local and schedule around our busy lifestyle with a family seven.
Dr. K and his team are very helpful with scheduling what needs to be taken care of first. They have worked hard with us to figure out what insurance would pay and help us figure out payment options. Thank you guys for all your help, our family is pain free and have healthy teeth because of your hard work.
What I like most is their friendly and professional assistance and the manner in which they care for their patients. Most of my visits required lengthy work. Dr. Khullar and his team made me feel very comfortable and at ease and all of my dental work was done with little or no pain or discomfort.
He and his staff are the friendliest and most enjoyable people anyone could be around and this so important in a medical setting.
Dr. Khullar and his team are always very cooperative and helpful in answering my questions. Everyone in his office is always cheerful and friendly. They always remember me from visit to visit!
I was pleasantly surprised when I first walked into his Perryville and Morrilton offices. He uses the latest high tech dental equipment, and he is fully staffed with qualified and friendly people.
On the day Dr. K told me it would take two hours sitting in the dental chair for the first phase of my tooth implant, I told him, no way! But he and his nurse worked in such an expert and gentle manner that I made it through the procedure just fine. The cost was less too. Dr. Khullar has done extensive work on my teeth the past couple of years, and from my point of view, he is among the best dentists to be found anywhere!
The best part of Dr. Khullar's office is the team is always friendly and smiling, they make me feel good about coming in. I have had a couple of crowns now and an inlay. I am 36 and had never taken the nitrous gas. Dr. K always asked if I would like some, but I was nervous about it. I will never have a crown without it again.
I love that because of Dr. K I can joke and have fun while having dental work done! Not to mention my crowns were perfect! I recommend Dr. Khullar to everyone I know.
I love the fact that Dr. Khullar and his team were persistent with my work until it was perfect and I was totally satisfied. His team is kind, caring, and friendly. I have regained my confidence with the great smile Dr. Khullar has given me. Dr. Khullar truly gave me a Hollywood smile!
When I first came to Dr. Khullar I did not want to smile, my teeth were worn out and I could not chew properly. But Dr. Khullar took care of all my dental problems and now I have the smile I've always wanted and can chew like never before!
My old teeth got worn and flaky. One of my teeth was so fragile, it broke while I was eating pretzels! My new LVI teeth are not only very comfortable they look great. Thanks to Dr. Khullar and his team I have a new smile that not only looks good, but makes me feel confident, assured, and about 10 years younger! Every morning when I look in the mirror I wonder why I didn't do this sooner!