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    Flossing is an essential part of any oral health care routine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve optimal oral health. By flossing daily, you help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can't reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.

    When is the best time to floss?  Before or after I brush?

    The most important thing about flossing is to do it. Pick a time of day when you can devote an extra couple of minutes to your dental care. People who are too tired at the end of the day may benefit from flossing first thing in the morning or flossing after lunch.

    And don’t forget, children need to floss too! You should be flossing your child’s teeth as soon as he or she has two teeth that touch. Because flossing demands more manual dexterity than very young children have, children are not usually able to floss well by themselves until they are age 10 or 11. 

    Keep in mind that flossing should not be painful. You may feel discomfort when you first start flossing, but don’t give up. With daily brushing and flossing, that discomfort should ease within a week or two. If your pain persists, talk to your dentist.

    If you find flossing difficult, consider a different flossing method. Speak with Drs. John Michael or John Tyler Tate about effective alternatives.  

    Here is a link on "How To Floss".  Proper technique is essential.  

    How to Floss


    Last updated 8 months ago

    Teaching our children how to have good oral hygiene can be fun.   Below are a couple of experiments you can do with them to show how fluoride protects their teeth and how sugars can harm their teeth.   Kids, be sure mom or dad help you with these experiments!   Have fun!

                   The Effects of Sweets and Other Foods on Healthy Teeth
    Materials Needed
         Hard-boiled eggs
         Soft drink, such as cola or root beer
         Dried chicken bones
         Water and sugar solutions
         Water and salt solutions
         Fluoride (from a dental supply store or pharmacy)
    Experiment 1
    For this simple experiment, fill one container with water and another with a brown soft drink --cola or root beer, for example. Place a hard-boiled egg into each container. Leave the eggs in the soft drink overnight. Pour out the liquid the next day and examine the eggs. Compare the eggs left in the soda to the egg left in the water. How are the eggs different? Why is it important to brush each night to keep teeth clean and white?
    Experiment 2
    Before doing this experiment, you need to collect chicken bones and set them aside to dry for a few days. Place one of the bones in a plastic cup; then pour vinegar in the cup to cover the bone. Leave the other bone exposed to the air. Let the bones sit for several days, and then compare the two bones. What has happened? (The bones soaked in vinegar will be noticeably softer. Vinegar is an acid. It has eaten away some of the bones' calcium.) From this activity, you’ll learn that brushing and flossing teeth removes harmful food particles from teeth. And, food left between  teeth eventually turns to a type of acid that can decay teeth.
                                         Fluoride Strengthens Teeth
    Materials Needed
         Two hard-boiled eggs
         Fluoride gel or solution, 4 to 6 oz.
         Three clean plastic containers
         Several cans of dark soda
    1. Place a hard-boiled egg in one of the plastic containers and cover it with the fluoride gel or solution. Let the egg soak in the fluoride for twenty-four hours. Remove the egg and rinse it with water.
    2. Place this “treated” egg in one of the two remaining clean containers, and place the “untreated” egg in the other.
    3. Cover both eggs with dark soda. Change the solution every twelve hours for two days.
    The “untreated” egg will begin to dissolve slightly, and the shell will become stained by the dark soda. The “treated” egg should not show a reaction until much later. Thus, the conclusion could be drawn that the use of fluoride helps strengthen teeth and protect them from decay.
    Note: with any science experiment, it is recommended that an adult be present for supervision



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    Happy New Year!   It is our prayer that you each have a blessed 2015!


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    Merry Christmas from all of us at Tate Family Dentistry.  


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    The Rudy Reindeer family stopped by our office for a short visit before they help Santa visit all of our good, younger patients on Christmas Eve.  They wish all of you children a Merry Christmas.   They will be back looking for a forever home in the middle of January.  

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