Floss or Toothpick – Which is Better?

Question: Is it OK to use just a toothpick to clean between teeth?

The short answer is No!

Which is better - floss or toothpick?The toothpick is a commonly used tool to help dislodge food from between your teeth. Toothpicks are handy, convenient and readily available. And while they are helpful in dislodging food from your teeth, toothpicks are not designed for dental cleaning and should not be substituted for flossing or brushing.

Flossing is the preferred method for removing food and plaque from between your teeth. Any plaque that forms and accumulates on teeth, which is not removed, will eventually cause cavities. The only trusted and proven way to eliminate plaque is by brushing and flossing your teeth. (more…)

Benefits of Fluoridated Water

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

Fluoride helps to rebuild and strengthen the tooth’s surface, or enamel. Accordingly, fluoridated water prevents tooth decay by providing frequent and consistent contact with low levels of fluoride. By keeping the tooth strong and solid, fluoride stops cavities from forming and can even rebuild the tooth’s surface.

The benefits of fluoridated water include fewer cavaties.Although fluoride-containing products, such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and dietary supplements are available and contribute to the prevention and control of tooth decay, community water fluoridation (CWF) has been identified as the most cost-effective method of delivering fluoride to all, reducing tooth decay by 25% in children and adults.(1) Community water fluoridation is the process of adjusting the amount of fluoride found in the water supply to achieve optimal prevention of tooth decay. (more…)

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