How Flossing Promotes Healthy Gums & Teeth

A woman holds a dispenser of dental floss.

Flossing. It’s that extra step before you brush. Many Americans don’t floss, citing reasons of time, gum tenderness or difficulty. Isn’t flossing unnecessary if you brush twice a day? Think again. Flossing is essential for healthy gums and teeth. Learn more about the benefits of flossing and how to floss the right way. Why Should … Read more

What Is Gum Disease & How Can I Prevent It?

Closeup of teeth receiving a dental cleaning.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports that 47.2 percent of adults ages 30 or older have some stage gum disease. Risk increases with age and activities like smoking or chewing tobacco.  You want to keep your teeth … Read more

Sensitive Teeth? Spring Allergies May Be the Culprit

Man with a toothache touches his cheek.

It’s that time of year again. As flowers open up and trees begin to bud, you may be experiencing the unpleasant symptoms of seasonal allergies. Spring in Missouri means high pollen counts, as oaks, maples, walnuts and more produce new leaves and blooms.  Many people suffer from seasonal allergies. If you’re experiencing toothaches along with … Read more

At-Home Teeth Whitening Products: Do They Work?

A woman whitens her teeth at home with whitening strips.

What’s the first thing you notice about someone? Most people would say a person’s smile. Our smiles have the power to make us feel confident and more attractive.  The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that the color of one’s teeth is one of the most common things people remember about smiles. A brighter, whiter … Read more

How to Take Care of Your Teeth: 3 Ways to Go Beyond Brushing

A man with healthy looking teeth and gums practices good dental hygiene by flossing in front of a mirror.

Your smile is a part of who you are. Your teeth help you talk, chew, and make facial expressions. Routine care, like brushing and flossing, helps remove plaque and ensure your smile stays healthy for years to come. 

Brushing your teeth is an integral part of maintaining your smile. In addition to brushing twice a day, other factors can affect the health of your teeth.

What else can you do to care for your pearly whites? 

Keep your teeth and gums healthy with these tips. 

Read more