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    Why Is Flossing So Important?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    The way you care for your teeth and gums at home has a huge impact on your overall oral health. Flossing helps you maintain beautiful teeth and a healthy smile. Keep reading to find out how:

    Flossing makes brushing more effective
    Although brushing your teeth is an essential aspect of your oral hygiene routine, it is not as effective on its own as it is when you combine it with flossing. Brushing your teeth helps you dislodge food, bacteria, and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Flossing helps you get rid of the plaque that might be between your teeth and gums. A toothbrush cannot reach these crevices, but the floss can. This helps reduce your risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease. Combining brushing with flossing is also a great way to keep your teeth cleaner so they look their best. Silk floss was the first type of floss that was introduced in 1815 by a dentist in New Orleans named Levi Spear Parmly. Johnson & Johnson Corporation introduced the first dental floss that resembles the floss we use today.

    Flossing prevents oral health issues before they happen
    If you floss on a daily basis, you can significantly reduce your risk for certain oral health issues that might end up costing you a lot of money. When you properly care for your teeth, you do not have to spend as much money on restorative dentistry. Instead of waiting for your next dental appointment to ensure that your teeth and gums are clean, you can use floss to make sure that they are.

    Flossing can help you prevent other diseases
    Infections in the mouth can increase your risk for other health problems in different areas of the body. People with periodontal disease have a higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and breathing problems. Simply using floss each day can help you protect your overall health and reduce your risk for certain diseases. Right now, in the US only 10%-40% of people floss on a daily basis although it is recommended for everyone to floss at least once a day.

    At University Associates in Dentistry, we want to give you every tool to help you get the healthiest teeth and gums. From deep cleanings to root canal therapy, we work hard to prevent oral issues before they happen. To learn more about our services or to schedule your next appointment, visit us online or call (888) 481-6598.

    Understanding Your Dentist's Role in Treating Sleep Apnea

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. Without the proper flow of oxygen, a person with sleep apnea becomes more susceptible for health problems like heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. If you have sleep apnea, your dentist could help you find a treatment that decreases your symptoms and allows you to get the rest you need. Keep reading to find out how:

    The Dentist Can Create a Custom Oral Appliance
    Oral appliances can prevent the airway obstruction that leads to sleep apnea side effects like snoring and difficulty breathing. The dentist can create a custom oral appliance for you to minimize your symptoms and help you sleep better throughout the night.

    The Oral Appliance Keeps the Jaw in the Correct Position
    Sleep apnea often occurs because the soft tissue in the mouth and throat collapses, which causes an obstruction to the airway. Wearing an oral appliance helps keep your lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and hyoid bone in the proper position to prevent this collapse. Without the obstruction, you should be able to breathe normally while you sleep and wake up each morning feeling refreshed.

    The Oral Appliance Provides Effective and Convenient Treatment
    Unlike other sleep apnea treatment options like continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral appliances are small and comfortable to wear. This means that you can get the sleep apnea treatment you need without making yourself feel uncomfortable at night. Oral appliances are easy to bring with you when you travel so you can always have them with you.

    If you think you have sleep apnea, you should schedule an appointment with Chicago’s University Associates in Dentistry for a consultation and official diagnosis. Our dental team is here to offer you the best tools and exams in the city to ensure that you get the treatment you need for your oral health issues. To learn more about our sleep apnea treatment or other services, visit us online or call (888) 481-6598.

    Love Your Teeth Day - September 20!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Celebrate this holiday with changing out your toothbrush, flossing, and admiring your beautiful smile! 

    Brushing Teeth Wasn't Normal, Read How it Came About!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Did you know that most Americans did not brush their 
    teeth every day until after World War II. 
    In WWII, the military required that soldiers brush 
    their teeth twice a day to keep their teeth healthy. 
    The soldiers brought that habit home after the war.

    It's National Dog Day!

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Did you know today, August 26, is National Dog Day? Make sure you're celebrating with your dogs to show them some love. 

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