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By Laura Elliff, DMD
June 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”

By Elliff Dental
June 19, 2017
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Welcome to Elliff Dental, we offer the best in Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. We look forward to keeping you up to date with the latest in the dental field. Stay tuned to our blog for future posts, coming soon!  

By Elliff Dental
June 19, 2017
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Three Reasons Adults Choose Invisalign

Invisalign—it’s a popular choice for straightening teeth, and it’s a convenient choice for adults. Why? Well, adults are most likely to ask for invisible braces because they have so many obligations to take care of in their day-to-day lives. Adults must see and talk to dozens of different people in the course of a day, and they know the importance of first impressions. Here are three reasons why an adult would probably want to choose Invisalign braces over standard metal braces.

Invisalign Batavia IL
When it comes to socializing, a smile is like a present that you give to everyone you meet. Being social is a key element of a healthy, fun and interesting life. If you don't feel comfortable smiling, you may find that you feel like the odd person out in social settings. Because Invisalign trays are clear and have a “barely there” appearance, adults often feel comfortable wearing them while socializing. In close encounters, you can take the invisible braces out temporarily.

Work Scenarios
If you have a job or career that requires you to come in face-to-face contact with a lot of people during your day, you're probably going to want to have Invisalign braces instead of metal ones. If you come to a business meeting wearing metal braces that are most commonly associated with teenagers, it might not make the best impression on your business associates.

More Convenient Appointments
When you have metal braces, you have to come to the dentist's office every month to have your wires adjusted. When you leave the appointment you may be in pain for a couple of days due to the tightening process. But when you have Invisalign the appointments are less frequent and don't require much more than a quick check up and receiving your new Invisalign tray. Getting invisible braces is much more agreeable to an adult’s busy schedule.

If you’re an adult who needs orthodontic work, contact cosmetic dentist Andrew F. Elliff, DMD, B.S. at Elliff Dental to discuss Invisalign invisible braces and other options that would best fit your unique lifestyle.