What to Do When You Develop a Cold Sore

Jan 31st, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Cold sores are unattractive and painful, but there are some viable prescription and over-the-counter remedies to help expedite the healing process. In his blog, Dr. Robert G. Tupac, D.D.S., F.A.C.P., suggests using antiviral medications if the cold sore is caught early or if you are prone to them. These medications include acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex) and can be prescribed by your dentist.

Lidocaine and benzocaine (commonly known as Zilactin) are topical ointments that can be purchased at your local drugstore without a prescription. Never use more than the recommended dosage or on children younger than age two without doctor’s direction.

Over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, Tylenol, or Advil help alleviate pain and discomfort. If you choose not to take any type of oral medications, placing ice or a warm compress on the blister may offer some relief. Dr. Tupac stresses that the most important thing to remember about treating cold sores is to let them heal and not squeeze, pinch, or pick at any sore.

If you have a cold sore that will not heal or is causing you significant discomfort, seek treatment from a dental expert immediately.

Americans Only Use 10% of the Floss They Should

Jan 24th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Shampoo, soap, and toothpaste are all toiletries that you probably buy on a regular basis. Can you think of the last time you bought dental floss? If you are following your dentist’s recommendations, you should be purchasing at least two 55-yard packages of floss per year. However, the majority of Americans are not purchasing nearly that amount! In fact, the average person only uses 18 yards of floss per year – 10% of the amount of needed when flossing daily and correctly.

Flossing is just as important as brushing in the process of ensuring good dental hygiene. Many people think that if they brush their teeth at least twice a day that is enough to keep their mouth healthy, but that just isn’t the case. No matter how thoroughly you brush, your toothbrush simply can’t reach the crevasses deep between your teeth. A dentist or dental hygienist can show you the proper way to floss and different types of flossing products to make the process as quick and easy as possible for you to do every day.

Call The Dental Center to make an appointment and learn the correct way to floss to keep your mouth healthy and beautiful!

What Mouthwash Actually Does

Jan 23rd, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

It is quite common for dentists to hear that their patients do not floss very often but they do use mouthwash.  Although mouthwash is great, it does not provide the same purposes as flossing or brushing.  Mouthwash is just one of the tools that can be used to reduce your risk of gum disease.  It is important to know what mouthwash actually does and doesn’t do for your oral hygiene.

Mouthwash is ideal to rinse away food particles that are missed by brushing and flossing.  It can also assist in the fight against cavity causing bacteria and can freshen your breath.  When selecting a mouthwash, make sure it is ADA approved.  It is best to use mouthwash at least once per day but can also be used after each time you brush.  Children can benefit from the use of mouthwash but be cautious when selecting a type that is age appropriate.

There are many benefits of mouthwash but it also doesn’t do everything necessary to keep a healthy mouth.  Mouthwash does not remove food particles that are wedged between teeth and will not properly clean the surface of your teeth.  It is important that you brush twice daily, floss at least one a day, and use mouthwash for an overall healthy mouth.