Flossophy Dental

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dental Benefits of Xylitol

Does the amount of sugar you consume on a daily basis have you worried about the status of your tooth’s enamel? If so, our doctors at Flossophy dental recommend that you switch to sugar-free products that contain xylitol. Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that helps prevent cavities. It is equal in sweetness and volume to sugar and can be consumed through chewing gum, candies, and dental products.

Xylitol is found most commonly in chewing gum and mints but is also found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, including corn, raspberries, and plums. Unlike sucrose (regular table sugar), the main culprit associated with tooth decay, xylitol is not broken down by the most prominent decay-causing bacteria to produce acid. In fact, xylitol also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Because the bacteria in the mouth that are causing cavities are unable to digest xylitol, their growth is greatly reduced. The result is a healthy smile that you can be proud of.

If you have questions about tooth decay, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide here at Flossophy Dental, visit www.flossophydental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors in Edmonton, AB, call 780-306-9333.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Rotary Endodontics Provide Smoother Root Canals

With new technology come more accurate treatment plans and more comfortable patients. One way we have chosen to update our dental practice in Edmonton, AB is to implement rotary endodontics. Here at Flossophy Dental, root canal therapy is quicker and easier.

Root canal therapy used to have a reputation of being painful in the past. These days, we have rotary endodontics to help us. Rotary endodontics consists of a more flexible file that is attached to a dental drill. In the past, a rigid, steel file was used manually. Now, our dental drill allows us to be quicker, gentler, and quieter.

The more flexible file is able to reach deep down into a tooth’s root without stretching the root or causing damage. This means a more comfortable process during and after the procedure. In fact, root canals these days are usually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.

If you are nervous about have a root canal performed, rest easy. Here at Flossophy Dental, we utilize current technology for a quick and smooth procedure. To schedule an appointment in our Edmonton, AB office, call us at (780) 306-9333 or visit our website, www.flossophydental.ca

Friday, March 18, 2016

Bone Grafting in Edmonton, AB

Bone grafting is a procedure that is sometimes necessary for installing dental implants. Without it, some patients would not have enough bone mass to keep an implant in place. Here at Flossophy Dental, we perform bone grafting in our Edmonton, AB office.

When a tooth goes missing, the bone tissue around the area will begin to deteriorate. If the tooth is not replaced quickly, the bone tissue will shrink so much that dental implants are no longer an option. In other cases, sometimes the bone tissue below the sinuses is just too small to host an implant. For both these cases, we perform bone grafting.

The bone fragments that we use can come from another area of your jaw or another area of your body like your shin bone. Your doctor will make an incision, pack the bone fragments into the area, and stitch the area back up. Over several months, the bone fragments will not only heal into place, but they will also promote further bone tissue regeneration. The end result will be bone tissue that is big enough and strong enough to hold a dental implant.

Dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement, as they are able to last a lifetime. To learn more about dental implants or bone grafting, contact Flossophy Dental of Edmonton, AB by calling our office at (780) 306-9333 or by visiting our website, www.flossophydental.ca

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Brushing with Braces

After brushing your teeth for many years, you probably have your oral hygiene routine down pat. But now it’s time to straighten your smile with traditional braces and that routine has been thrown for a loop. Proper dental care with orthodontics takes a little extra effort which is why our doctors at Flossophy dental want to teach you the following tips on how to brush your teeth with braces.

  • Prepare to brush – take off elastics (rubber bands) and any other removable parts of your orthodontic appliance.

  • Clean your braces – Use your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to clean around the wires and pins of your braces. Brush from the top of each wire and then from the bottom.

  • Brush your teeth – Clean each tooth individually. First, place your brush at a 45-degree angle to the junction between the tooth and the gum, and then apply gentle pressure as you move in a circular motion. Do this for about 10 seconds. Use the same brushing action on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, tilting the brush as needed to better reach the insides of smaller front teeth.

  • Floss once a day – Carefully thread the floss under or over the main wire of your braces, taking care not to get it stuck. Then thread the floss through the wire to reach in between the spaces of your teeth.

If you have further questions about maintaining proper dental hygiene with braces, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.flossophydental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Flossophy Dental in Edmonton, AB, call 780-306-9333.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Eliminate Pesky Plaque

Did you know that plaque is constantly forming on our teeth? Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria and sugars that are the main cause of cavities and gum disease. If not removed on a daily basis with brushing and flossing, plaque can cause inflammation and irritation in the gums around your teeth. In addition, if plaque is left untreated, it can harden into tartar which only our staff of hygienists at Flossophy Dental will be able to remove.

Plaque is a sticky substance made from leftover food particles and saliva that mix in your mouth and makes teeth feel “fuzzy.” In order to create plaque, your mouth needs bacteria, carbohydrates, food particles and saliva. It's important to understand that plaque will never go away completely, but it can be controlled with good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist. It also helps to pay attention to your diet. Since plaque needs carbohydrates to form, the fewer you eat, the better.

If you are due for a dental checkup, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.flossophydental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Flossophy Dental in Edmonton, AB, call 780-306-9333.