Flossing has once again come under fire this week, as a study was released that attempts to prove a link between a certain brand of floss to compounds known as Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). These compounds have been linked to multiple health concerns, but does mean that flossing is bad for you? Let’s investigate.
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Did you ever walk into a dentist’s office with the feeling that you’ve got us fooled? You know that we’re going to give you a hard time about flossing your teeth, so this time you flossed for 3 straight days so you’ll be nice and clean and we can’t possibly give you the business…
Where do we find them? Where do they come from and how can they be prevented?
Your dentist calls them dental caries and we spend our careers trying to stop them from spreading. Think about it: have you ever been to a visit with the dentist without them and the hygienist reviewing proper oral hygiene. It's the sound of a constant drumbeat - brush twice a day for 2 minutes... make sure you floss daily… do you use a fluoride rinse?… and on and on and on. I often joke with my patients that we must be the only professionals that are trying to put ourselves out of business!
Let's face it, most of us have had at least one cavity, even those that heed our warning and follow a good home-care regimen, but following your dentist's recommendations will vastly reduce your risk and keep us from having to pick up our drill.
Here are 5 facts about cavities that you may not have known: ...