Flossing Fun For the Holidays

With everything to do during the holiday season, it’s easy to let our daily habits slide. Don’t let that happen to your dental hygiene habits! Let’s review some flossing techniques to make sure your teeth stay healthy and clean for this holiday season.

Break off an 18” piece of single-filament floss and wind it around one finger on each hand. Use a gentle sawing motion to slip the floss between your two front teeth, down to the gum line. Continue moving the floss back-and-forth as you carefully remove plaque and debris from between your teeth. Repeat around every tooth–including behind your back molars!

As you see, flossing is very easy! However, many people have a hard time getting into the habit. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to your gums, or you have a hard time physically getting the floss around every tooth. If you have problems flossing your teeth, don’t fret. There are interdental cleaning alternatives, such as water flossers, pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, and dental picks created specifically for this purpose. Talk with Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team about potential options.

If you haven’t flossed regularly in a while, be aware that it is normal to feel slight discomfort at first. If the pain or discomfort does not go away after 2 weeks, call and set an appointment with our team.

For more information or to set an appointment, call Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, at (209) 549-1721 today! Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team look forward to making your smile shine this holiday season!

Soda Alternatives and Your Teeth

It is very important for you to care for your teeth, and there are several things you should avoid doing and consuming. Specifically, there are some drinks, such as sodas and other soft drinks, that you should avoid altogether. Fortunately, though, there are a number of healthy drinks you could consider replacing them with.

You probably know that you should avoid sodas. Similarly, some sugary juices could also be bad for your pearly whites. While you may think sport drinks are a good option, they are commonly made with high fructose corn syrup, dyes, and salt—meaning they’re actually very similar to soda.

One thing you could do is replace these harmful drinks with seltzer. In essence, seltzer is carbonated water, so if you enjoy bubbly drinks, this may be the option you could consider. Seltzers usually have zero grams of sugar, making it a healthier alternative. And best of all, you can find flavored seltzer as well.

You can also consider the benefits of kombucha, which is a fermented tea loaded with healthy enzymes and probiotics. Many individuals enjoy this beverage, partially because it contains fruit puree, which gives kombucha a great natural taste. Kombucha is also carbonated, but is still better for your smile than soda.

Do you have more questions about how sugary juices and soda could affect your smile? Would you like to learn more about the drinks you can enjoy safely? Do you simply hope to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. We’re eager to receive your call!