We would like to congratulate Lisa Ehrgott for being the winner of our Facebook 100th Like contest! She was randomly selected from the first 100 people who Liked the Dr. Linhart Facebook page, and is the winner of an electric Sonicare toothbrush.

Congratulations to Lisa and a big thank you to everyone else who has Liked and interacted with our Facebook page. We are hoping to use this outlet as a way to better communicate with our patients and make their dental experiences more enjoyable.

Please feel free to visit our Facebook page or Twitter profile for office updates, promotions, or to give your feedback.

Flossing your teeth is very important if you want to have better oral health. You should be making this a regular habit, which you do several times a day. Doing so will have defined benefits which will make your efforts very well worth it!

Five Reasons to Floss your Teeth

1 – Bad Breath

First of all, food which is trapped between your teeth will decay and leave your mouth smelling not as good as it could be. Flossing removes these elements and allows your breath to be as fresh as it can be.

2 – Gum Disease

Flossing is also useful because it stimulates the gums and allows you to scrape off corrosive elements which might be present. Clearing these spaces leaves the gums more vital and healthy.

3 – Tooth Decay

Flossing is also useful for preventing tooth decay. By getting rid of harmful elements which are decaying in the mouth, you will be removing corrosive elements which can eat away at teeth.

4 – Heart disease

Flossing is also great for preventing heart disease. Studies have shown that a healthy mouth is directly linked to a healthier heart.

5 – Your Smile

Last of all, the act of flossing helps you to have a beautiful smile which is more clean and clear. Making your smile beautiful is the outward manifestation of all of your efforts.

By making a positive habit out of flossing, you will have more control over your oral health. A beautiful healthy mouth can be yours with just a few minutes of effort every day!

The entire Dr. Linhart team would like to wish you all a very happy Valentines Day. We are so fortunate to have such a fabulous client base, and we would like to use today as an opportunity to say, “we love you!”

So enjoy this day focused on love, and remember that the Dr. Linhart staff is here for you today and every day. We will even be here for you to tend to those teeth if you happen to over indulge  on some sweets today.

In honor of February serving as National Children’s Dental Health month, we wanted to provide parents with some tips on how they can help ensure their children have healthy teeth. Helping kids develop good dental care habits early is important in order to maintain that dental health throughout their lives.

Here are 7 simple steps parents can follow to help their kid’s smile shine.

1. Brush

Like adults, children should brush twice daily for two to three minutes, ideally early in the morning and before going to bed. Schedule your child’s nighttime brushing before they get too tired. If your child usually  nods off at 9:00, have them do their nightly brushing/flossing at 8:15 or 8:30. Children are always more cooperative before the Sandman comes knocking.

2. Flossing

Flossing should begin when two teeth touch each other. Have your dentist show you the right flossing technique and schedule.

3. Assist

Plan to help your children until they start first grade. Experts note that children often don’t have the fine motor skills to brush until about age 6 and they can’t floss capably until around age 10.

4. Motivation

Learn what motivates your child. Younger children may gladly brush for gold stars on a chart or stickers of their favorite TV characters. Remember though, offering treats like cookies or candy would be counterproductive.

5. Establish Habits

Involve your child with their dental habits in an age-appropriate manner. For instance, a younger child may want to pick their own toothpaste from options you approve. Same with toothbrushes. You may offer them a choice of toothbrushes that are decorated with their favorite cartoon character, are brightly colored or has their favorite color.

6. Mouthwash

Ask your dentist how early your child can begin using mouthwash. As a rule, rinsing isn’t advised until the child knows to spit the mouth rinse out.

7. Set the Example

Set a good example yourself by brushing daily and flossing regularly.

Just in case you missed it, Dr. Jan Linhart was mentioned in Saturday’s New York Post Page 6 Sightings section. The mention featured Miss Universe, Leila Lopes, who was spotted leaving Dr. Linhart’s office after an appointment.

Dr. Linhart is the official dentist of the Miss Universe organization and also serves a variety of other celebrity clients. Check it out below.

For more information on how you can get a celebrity smile check out Dr. Linhart’s website and be sure to schedule an appointment for consultation.

Remember to enter the Pearly Whites contest on the Dr. Jan Linhart Facebook page. All you have to do to enter is Like the Dr. Ja Linhart Facebook page and then upload a picture of you flashing your smile onto the wall. All submissions will be reviewed and the winner will be selected by the Dr. Linhart staff.

The winner will receive PearlinBrite whitening toothpaste and specially designed PearlinBrite toothbrush.

So enter now for your chance to win!

Also, remember to follow us on twitter @drjanlinhart for office updates, promotions, and general dental care tips!

There are still 2 days left to help us give back! We have pledged to donate $5 for every new Facebook Like or Twitter follower to the Peter Figoski Scholarship Fund up to $1000 dollars.

The Peter Figoski Scholarship Fund was created to help support the four daughters of Peter Figoski, one of New York’s police officers who was killed in the line of duty. The fund was created to honor and remember Peter for his selflessness in protecting the city of New York.

Please help us reach our pledge of $1000 by sharing this story with all of your friends and family.

Yes, flossing is an essential part of proper daily oral hygiene.  Although studies have not necessarily shown flossing to decrease cavities, it has been shown to help prevent periodontal disease!

Gingivitis is the initial presentation of periodontal infection, and signs of gingivitis include bleeding gums, inflamed gums, and red gums.  Gingivitis is easily reversible by proper brushing techniques and flossing daily.  After a week of good home care, all signs of gingivitis will disappear.

Periodontal disease, on the other hand, is a more severe infection of the gums and can lead to bone loss around teeth.  This bone loss can result in the loss of teeth!  Although periodontal disease can be diagnosed ewrly and halted, its destruction cannot be reversed.  The best way to prevent periodontal disease is by visiting your dentist regularly, brushing twice a day, and flossing daily.

So YES, you should floss….but only if you want to keep your teeth!

Humans have 20 baby teeth followed by 32 permanent teeth, USUALLY!

The most commonly absent of the 32 adult teeth are the 2 maxillary (top) 3rd molars (aka Wisdom teeth).  The second most commonly absent are 2 mandibular (bottom) 3rd molars (the other Wisdom teeth).

Some say that because 3rd molars are not useful to the adult dentition, and are often problematic (causing infection, pain, etc.), that humans are evolving beyond wisdom teeth and that is why either 1, 2, 3, or all 4 are sometimes absent.

I don’t know if a person should want all 4 present, and thus have wisdom, or have all 4 absent, and thus be evolved…

Just thought that would interest you.

-Zach

Brush twice a day, everyday.  Use a pea-to-chickpea size amount of toothpaste, and make sure it has fluoride which is essential in preventing cavities.

How to Brush Your Teeth

Angle the soft bristles of your brush towards the gums as to remove as much plaque as possible.  Don’t scrub, this can damage the enamel and cause your gums to recede. 

Remember, 2 minutes of brushing twice a day = a healthy smile!

Check out www.pearlinbrite.com for our Aloe Vera Fluoride Toothpaste and Nano-Silver Soft Toothbrush.