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Are Crooked Corners of Your Mouth a Problem You Should Correct?
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Dr. Reeder
There are some people who like to see what they call a crooked little smile. If the smile is a result of crooked corners of the mouth, they may want to rethink it. Some people worry that having crooked corners of the mouth, although they may look cute to some people, could cause them problems. They wonder if it is something they need to correct. The answer is not always clear. What Can Cause Crooked Corners? The most common reason that a person has crooked corners of the mouth is a weakness in the muscles in that area. The muscles on one side of the mouth may not have the strength of the muscles on the other side. Instead of having symmetry, the corners of the mouth appear crooked due to the weakness. Many people do not even realize that one side is weaker than the others and they only notice the crooked corners when they look in the mirror or a picture. They often can correct the problem when they smile because they are working the muscles differently at that time. A second reason for corroded corners of the mouth is the alignment of the teeth. If there is a problem with the alignment, it could lead to a person compensating with their mouth and the result is crooked corners. What to Fix The question about whether to correct crooked corners on the mouth depends on the person and the problem that is causing the crooked corners. If it is a result of weak muscles, it is possible that a person can change the way they chew or make other minor changes to their habits that can help strengthen the muscles and can eliminate the problem. If the crooked corners are a result of the alignment of the teeth, then correcting it can help in other areas. Having teeth that are in alignment helps with the bite and helps prevent other problems. In this case, it is worth a visit to our office to see what the options are to correct this problem. There are some people who can live with the crooked corners of the mouth and there are others that want to have that perfect look in the mirror. Before deciding to live with crooked corners or to do something to correct it, come and visit our offices to find out the reasons for the problem. That knowledge can help you make the right choice for your oral health. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment....

3 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Flossing
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Dr. Reeder
The fact that you even floss is something to be applauded, as more than half of people don't floss at all, and the clear majority don't floss as often as they should. However, it's time to step up your flossing game, by fixing these three incredibly common mistakes that people make when they floss. Not Flossing Daily As mentioned above, most people don't floss, and even more people don't floss as often as they should be. It is important to your oral health to floss once every day, early in the morning before or after your brushing routine. Using an Incorrect Method Are you flossing correctly? A healthy mouth typically has 28 teeth – that's 54 surfaces that need to be flossed, going up and down on one side of a tooth, then shifting slightly to get the opposite side, and then repeating for each tooth in your mouth. This includes your back teeth – even though there isn't another tooth to move on to afterwards, you should still floss both sides! Furthermore, you should have a plan before you even start, lest you get confused or lose track of which tooth you are on. Having a plan is also important because you should not be using the same piece of floss for the entire mouth, and ideally should use a new piece for each gap. You don't want to remove the plaque, and then spread it right back onto the next tooth in the line! Flossing Too Violently While bleeding gums are normal when you first start out flossing, if you are still experiencing it after acclimating to floss, you may be flossing too aggressively. Use a see-saw motion to work your way down the side of the tooth, not a sharp snapping up-and-down motion. Use a strong, firm motion while flossing the sides of your teeth, but once you hit the gums, use only gentle motions to clean off plaque, lest you damage the gumline and potentially cause recession or damage to your mouth. Flossing is something to be celebrated, but make sure that you are doing it right by addressing these three errors patients commonly make. If you have any questions or would like more flossing tips or recommendations, reach out to our office today – we promise not to string you along!...

Quick Foods You Can Eat On The Go That Help Your Teeth
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Dr. Reeder
In today's world, we are constantly on the go and rushing from place to place. It can be difficult to eat healthy, and many people find themselves at a drive-thru window when they are hungry. These food choices aren't good for your health or your teeth, so it is important that you choose tooth-friendly snacks. Celery and Carrot Sticks Crunchy vegetables like carrots and celery are easy to take on the go. Simply cut them up ahead of time and store them in a plastic bag. These snacks are great for car trips, picnics, and even school lunches, and they offer many benefits for the teeth. In addition to being convenient, crunchy vegetables help to keep the teeth clean. Their fibrous nature scrubs the teeth free of debris, food particles, and bacteria. Plus, chewing on these snacks stimulates saliva production, which further cleans the teeth. String Cheese Cheese is another great food for the teeth. Cheese is high in calcium, which is an essential nutrient for strong teeth and bones. Plus, string cheese options are easy to carry around, and even young children will love to snack on them. Nuts Trail mix that primarily consists of nuts is another great snack for your teeth. Nuts are packed full of important oral health elements, including phosphorous and calcium. Almonds are a great choice, while Brazil nuts are known to fight the oral bacteria that may cause tooth decay. Strawberries Who doesn't like fresh strawberries on a hot summer day? These delicious berries are packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants. Plus, they contain malic acid, which can help to naturally whiten the teeth. Do you have questions about your diet and how you can better care for your teeth? Give us a call today to set up an appointment for your next cleaning and check-up....

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