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1/25/2016 2:14:00 PM | Michael Myers

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From Halloween through the New Year, many Americans live a life of abundance, sugar abundance that is.

The average American consumes over 150 pounds of sugar each year with more than half of that being consumed between Halloween and the New Year.

When broken down into daily intake, the average American eats 47 teaspoons of sugar per day.

With all of the Halloween cookies and candies, Thanksgiving feasts and days of leftovers and numerous Christmas gatherings, we are bombarding our teeth with sugar during a small three month window.

Halloween is when the gluttony begins for most of us.

Americans spend $2.08 billion dollars on candy during Halloween. That translates to about 600 million pounds of candy!

Here’s the most telling statistic: The average American eats 3.4 pounds of candy during Halloween.

Adults with children, tend to eat more due to “hiding” and “disposing” of all of the candy their children get on Halloween.

Every time you eat a single piece of candy, you are giving the bacteria that live in your mouth food for fuel. Bacteria use the sugar in candy to create acid. The acid is the byproduct of the bacteria consuming the sugar. The acid then sits against your teeth and eats away at your enamel.

When the enamel on your teeth is compromised, cavities form.

Thanksgiving is the second big event during our short period of celebration.

While many Americans celebrate togetherness with huge feasts and big family and friend dinners, we eat tons of cakes, pies and other carbohydrates.

After crafting huge delicious dishes, we often graze on the food throughout the day and over the next few days.

That means we are constantly replenishing the food supply for the bacteria and most people do not make it a point to either rinse their mouths out or brush their teeth after these small, frequent snacks.

Lastly, many Americans celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah.

Both of these holidays are filled with delicious foods and overindulgence.

Between making cookies for Santa, sufganiot (deep-fried doughnuts) during Hanukkah and baking holiday treats to share as gifts, we finish out the year with tighter pants and sugar-filled mouths.

By the time January 1st rolls around, our teeth and tummies are in great need of some care and restraint.

That makes it the perfect time to schedule your appointment with your dentist and clean off all of the tartar that has built up during your three month splurge.

There is one more benefit to scheduling your next dental cleaning in January.

Many of us have trouble remembering when to schedule certain things. By scheduling your Dental Hygiene appointment at the beginning of every year, it might make it easier to remember January and July! Those are the months when I get my teeth cleaned! Begin the New Year off with a beautiful, clean smile.

So, don’t let another day go by. Schedule an appointment to get your teeth cleaned today!

1/4/2016 2:11:00 PM | Michael Myers

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The New Year is a time when many people decide to make positive healthy changes in their lives. While many people focus on losing weight, making advances in their careers, or becoming kinder people, many of us neglect to make a change in an area of our life most in need of improvement.

Creating new habits regarding your dental health can positively impact your health, pocketbook and self concept.

The impact can be great, but the changes require very little effort.

Here are 5 simple resolutions you can make to improve the health of your teeth: 

1. Schedule your next 6 month dental cleaning and checkup with your dentist.

Most of us should be going to see our dentist and getting our teeth cleaned every 6 months.

This is important because it you only go once a year, you are allowing tartar to build up along your teeth. The thicker the tartar, the more bacteria and acids you have potentially causing cavities, gum disease and other systemic problems.

When a dental hygienist cleans your teeth, he or she is able to remove that build up and help your teeth maintain a strong coat of enamel.

The dental hygienist is also able to alert the doctor as to problem areas that either need to be fixed or watched closely.

Like any other problem, the longer an issue remains untreated, the worse the issue will become.

2. Begin flossing your teeth every evening before you go to bed.

While flossing seems like an impossibly difficult, lengthy process for many people to put into practice, the simple consistent act of flossing daily does your teeth a lot of good.

It can be done in as little as 2 minutes and can save you pain, money and more serious problems.

There is nothing quite as effective as using a simple piece of floss to remove the particles of food that sneak down between your teeth and get pressed up against your gums and teeth.

3. Brush your teeth at least twice daily for at least 3 full minutes.

Most people brush their teeth regularly, but most do not brush long enough.

In order to adequately clean the surface of each tooth and get each and every last tooth, set a timer for 3 minutes.

4. Drink a sufficient amount of water daily.

The best way to ensure you are drinking a sufficient amount of water is to take your body weight and divide it in half.

That number in ounces is how much water you should be drinking daily.

Drinking water after you eat a meal will help remove some of the food particles, sugars and acids in the foods from your mouth.

5. Minimize your candy intake.

Sugar is just not good for your teeth. Having a piece of candy every once in a while is alright, but eating sticky, gummy candies on a daily basis is putting your teeth at risk.

The sugar in candy, sits against your teeth and invites bacteria to feed on it. The bacteria then leave an acidic film behind that erodes your enamel.

Sugar is just food for the bacteria.

Follow these 5 simple resolutions and you will give your dental health the best gift of all!

12/21/2015 4:23:00 PM | Michael Myers

In order to accurately answer this question, let’s take a look at what happens inside your mouth throughout the day.

There is always at least some “bad bacteria” in your mouth. Whenever you eat a meal or snack during the day that contains sugar, that bacteria use the sugar in the food to make and release acids into your mouth. 

When food particles are left in your mouth for a period of time, they also form plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a soft, sticky film that contains millions of bacteria.

The acids released by the bacteria, sitting against your teeth, break down the enamel. The enamel on each of your teeth is the armor that protects the inside of each tooth.

Repeated attacks by this acid over time, break down the enamel, exposing the inside of your tooth to the bacteria. When the enamel is broken down a hole, or “cavity”, forms.

Every time you brush, you are removing the bacteria and any acids in your mouth.

Plaque that is not removed in time hardens into tartar. The tartar then builds up and creates a barrier between your toothbrush and your tooth. Once the tartar forms, you must have a dental hygienist remove the buildup.

That is why visiting your dentist every 6 months is an important part of your dental care.

The routine the American Dental Association has recommended has been misinterpreted by many. 

They recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. 
However, there is a better way to protect your teeth.

Throughout the day, the amount of bacteria in your mouth continues to build up. While saliva is constantly washing some of it away, the plaque still remains.

Every time, you eat a meal or a snack during the day, you are providing fuel or food to the bacteria sitting against your teeth. 

By taking the time to quickly brush your teeth immediately after eating, you are removing the sugar and bacteria. 

While it may mean taking a quick break from your activities, it will greatly decrease the amount of acid in your mouth and clear the plaque from the surface of your teeth.

While your daily routine is extremely important, you can also aid your tooth health by visiting your dentist every six months, flossing daily and avoiding sugary and acidic foods.

Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you!

12/8/2015 4:21:00 PM | Michael Myers

Most dentists agree that in order to brush your teeth properly, you need to brush your teeth for at least two minutes.

The best use of that time can be spent by dividing the time evenly between your top teeth and your bottom teeth.

To help children brush their teeth for two minutes, you can set a timer, play a song or purchase a fancy toothbrush with a built in timer.

It is also important to note that one side of your mouth generally has more plaque and tartar build up than the other.

Why is this usually the case? We tend to prefer to chew our food on one side of our mouth more than the other. 

Yes, we even have a dominant side in our mouths.

So, the question is raised, does the side on which we chew most of our food tend to have more plaque and tartar build up or less?

Many people think the answer is more, but findings indicate that the dominant side of the mouth tends to have less plaque and tartar due to the increased saliva production.

Therefore, you should make sure to spend a little extra time brushing the teeth on your non-dominant side. Just because you aren’t using those teeth to chew your food, doesn’t mean bacteria isn’t taking refuge there.

We also often focus our brushing on the front sides of our teeth and neglect the back facing sides. This allows food, sugars, bacteria and acid to stay hidden and nestled snuggly against those surfaces. Just because you can’t see the back of each tooth, doesn’t mean it can’t become victim to hidden villains.

Lastly, you must remember to spend a small amount of time brushing your tongue.
Your tongue is a haven for bacteria and is one of the main contributors to bad breath.
Between the taste buds and the other many crevices on your tongue, bacteria multiply quickly and form a film on top of your tongue. It is literally a breeding ground for bacteria throughout the day.

Quickly brushing your entire tongue, will rid it of the bacteria and film and that’s sticky feeling in your mouth. Although you usually hear about the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth to avoid cavities, failing to brush your tongue can also lead to cavities, gum disease and a host of other problems.

So, by incorporating a two minute mandatory brushing time, focusing on both sides of your mouth, all sides of your teeth and your tongue, you can give your mouth the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season.

12/1/2015 6:49:00 PM | Michael Myers

What if you found yourself without a toothbrush? What would you do? How would you keep your teeth clean?

While brushing your teeth with a toothbrush is by far the most efficient way of removing plaque and harmful bacteria, in a pinch, there are other tools you can use that will do a decent job of protecting your teeth against cavities, gingivitis and bad breath.
The main action of a toothbrush is scrubbing, using a bit of friction. The toothbrush uses strong, yet flexible bristles to scrub your teeth, removing the plaque and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth and between your teeth. 

When the bristles are rubbed against your teeth, friction is created and the food particles are removed. Therefore, the ideal tool should be something you can use to scrub your teeth, causing friction, but without harming the enamel.

A Small Cloth

We have all either seen or heard of someone using their finger to scrub their teeth, but that is notan effective method. Why? 

Your soft, slick finger will not create any friction against your teeth.

However, by simply wrapping a small washcloth or other soft, textured material around your finger, you can create a decent replacement for your toothbrush. The cloth, paired with the rubbing of your finger along your teeth, gum line and tongue will allow you to remove the bad bacteria, particles and plaque quite efficiently.


Mouthwash can actually be quite harmful to your teeth. 

Some mouthwashes get rid of both the harmful and the beneficial bacteria in your mouth.
The purpose of the “good” bacteria is to protect your teeth and gums against the “bad” bacteria. By removing all of the bacteria in your mouth, you are putting your mouth at risk.
However, in a pinch, using mouthwash to wash away stagnant food particles is a great alternative to doing nothing at all.

Sugarless Gum

Why do we often wake up with a dry, sticky, gross taste in our mouths?
While we sleep, a very important natural cleaning process slows way down. While we sleep, we create a lot less saliva.
Saliva is a wonderful, natural cleaner. 

Activities that increase your saliva production can be beneficial to the health of your mouth.       
Chewing sugarless gum will increase the production of saliva and will wash away some of the bad bacteria in your mouth. The action of chewing the gum can also help loosen some of the food particles. 


Most people say the one treat about going to the dentist is the water pick.
Squishing water around in your mouth is an excellent way to free up loose food, wash the surfaces of your teeth and wash away bacteria. 

Unlike mouthwash, it has no harsh chemicals and will not kill the beneficial bacteria, but it will do a good job of ridding the sugars and other harmful components found in many foods.
While all of these suggestions can serve to help you maintain good hygiene when you find yourself without a toothbrush, nothing is better than a good ole toothbrush and piece of floss!

11/10/2015 7:30:00 AM | Michael Myers

We all know to expect three tools will be used in our mouths when we go to the dentist: the toothbrush, the water pick and floss.

Of these three tools, flossing seems to be the one we dislike the most. Many find flossing daily to be a difficult habit to put into practice. There’s something about flossing that many find gross, taxing and downright impossible to make time for.

Is it possible to replace our floss with a powerful water pick and achieve the same results?
Water picks use the power of force to wash away food debris from around gum lines, between braces, under and around permanent bridges and retainers. They are also a great way to remove bacteria sitting against your teeth, between your teeth and around the gum line.

However, water picks cannotdo something that flossing does quite well.

Flossing literally wipes or scrubs bacteria and plaque from your teeth. The scrubbing motion or rubbing of the floss against the surfaces of your teeth cannot be duplicated with a water pick.

Water picks are great at washing away food particles and some of the bacteria, but they cannot perform the same friction against each tooth that flossing can. Creating friction is the key to successfully removing bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth.

Flossing is also great at cleaning your teeth just below the gum line. Thin floss can slip effortlessly below the gum line and help prevent gum disease. Water picks can only clean the teeth down to the gum line.

When flossing and water picks are combined, the results are excellent.

Begin your routine by first flossing your teeth to scrub the debris from the tooth surfaces and remove food from between the teeth.

Then brush all surfaces of your teeth to completely remove the bacterial film from every side of every tooth.

Next, use the powerful force of the water pick to remove any remaining, loose debris.
Complete your routine by rinsing your mouth out with water or a mild mouthwash to completely remove the bacteria and food loosened by flossing.

This complete dental hygiene routine will provide the best overall care for your teeth and thus your overall health.

10/27/2015 8:00:00 AM | Michael Myers

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The four weeks leading up to Halloween can do a number on our diets and can make it nearly impossible to go anywhere without being accosted by a big, fat bowl of colorfully wrapped cavity producers.
Simply leaving your desk at work to make your way to the watercooler can seem scary. Around every corner looms yet another bowl beckoning you to “Eat just one.”
While getting older has taught us a thing or two about sugar and cavities, we still can become prey to those enticing treats.

Although we certainly do not advocate grabbing an entire bag of goodness and devouring it in one sitting, there is a way to enjoy the holiday without causing harm to your teeth.
You may not be aware of one very important fact that can help you choose the lesser of evils in the candy realm: Not all candy is created equal.
What do we mean by that?
Picture finding a beautifully wrapped piece of brown chocolate. You slowly open it and take in the sweet cocoa smell. You then slip the piece from the wrapper and onto your tongue.
What begins to happen to that piece of chocolate almost as soon as it touches your warm tongue?
It begins to dissolve.
Unlike hard candies and sticky taffy-like concoctions that require you to bite and vigorously chew them, chocolate requires a lot less contact with your teeth and its numerous small crevices. It literally melts in your mouth.
When eating a piece of gummy or chewy candy, you must manually gnash the candy and break it apart using your teeth. This forces your teeth to make a lot of contact with the sugars within the candy. The force needed to break a lot of these pieces down also leads to some of the candy being left behind, spending hours against your teeth.
Until your next brushing session, which is usually right before bed for most people, that candy sits snuggly against your enamel and doing a number on the health of your teeth.
So, in an effort to minimize your risk, there are four things we recommend you do during the weeks leading up to Halloween and the weeks after when parents bring in their kids hauls:
1. Whenever possible choose to eat candies that dissolve in your mouth or do not require a lot of chewing to break down.
2. Minimize the amount of candy you eat.
3. Swish your mouth out with water and brush and floss your teeth immediately after eating candy during the day.
4. Visit your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning and evaluation.
Now that you are adequately armed with these helpful tips, have a Happy, Healthy Halloween!

10/19/2015 7:41:00 PM | Michael Myers

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There is a truth about your teeth that most of us aren’t even aware of.
 It is a truth that can have great consequences on the health and even the life of our teeth, but most of us go through life without this important bit of knowledge:
Flossing is even more important than brushing your teeth.
Now before you run to your bathroom and toss your toothbrush into the trashcan, let us clarify.
In order to maintain good oral hygiene, both brushing and flossing your teeth are essential.
While most of us are pretty good about brushing our teeth at least twice a day, the vast majority of people do not floss on a regular basis, if at all.
In an attempt to combat this issue, the floss stick was invented.
People come up with a number of excuses as to why they do not floss. Some claim, they do not get food stuck between their teeth. Others state they simply do not know how to floss properly, so simply avoid the task altogether. Many people claim it is just too time consuming an ordeal to take on in an already busy life. Still others say it’s just too gross.
The floss stick was designed to simplify the flossing process by removing the need to extract a piece of floss, twist it tightly around your fingers, while pulling the gross, dirty string back and forth between your teeth.
Since the original design of the floss stick, a major improvement has been made. The original floss stick was flat and shaped like a harp. However, a new more effective version has been made. The new version of the floss stick is curved. This allows for easier use in hard to reach areas like the back of your mouth.
When using a floss stick, make sure to gently slide the floss between your teeth, using the same sawing motion you do when using traditional floss. Many people are tempted to bite down on the stick to get the floss between their teeth, but this can damage your gums.
Once you get the floss between your teeth, press the floss against the side of one tooth and gently rub the floss up and down against your tooth. This will free up the bacteria and film on each tooth. Don’t forget to also use the floss around your gum line, getting what your toothbrush can’t reach.
While the floss stick is a great alternative to not flossing, there are a few drawbacks to using floss sticks that we’d like to highlight:
1. Since the piece of floss between the plastic is very small, you will be unable to as easily curve the floss around your gum line is a C shape, getting completely around the gum line of each tooth.
2. Without the recommended 18 inches of floss used in the traditional method of flossing, you will not be able to create as much force against each tooth, thus your flossing method might not be as effective.
3. You will not be able to use fresh sections of floss as you go. This means you will be sliding the same bacteria laden piece of floss back through each of your teeth.
4. The small piece of floss usually shreds, requiring you to use multiple floss sticks during each flossing session.
So, while we recommend using floss sticks over simply not flossing, we stand behind the traditional method of flossing.

9/22/2015 8:00:00 AM | Michael Myers

One of the biggest lies that big corporations have fed us is that fruit juice provides the same nutritional value as real fruit. Unfortunately this couldn’t be further from the truth.

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The Ugly Truth About Fruit Juice

In fact, the main difference between most fruit juices and other sugary drinks is that fruit juice has added vitamins. However, those extra vitamins aren’t enough to offset the negative health effects of all that sugar.

Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the nutrition labels for yourself the next time you’re in the grocery store.

Here’s an example:

      Coca Cola -- 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar (10 teaspoons)
      Apple juice -- 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar (9.8 teaspoons)

All of that sugar is terrible for your teeth! If you want to enjoy your natural teeth when you’re older, you’ve got to start making some changes today.

But Fruit Also Contains Sugar So…

That’s a good point. Fructose is the natural sugar found in all fruit. The difference is that the amount of sugar found in one serving of fruit versus one serving of juice is much lower. It’s easy to consume a lot more sugar in a shorter amount of time when drinking juice than it is when eating fruit -- mainly because eating fruit is a lot more work and takes more time.

In addition to containing less sugar, fruit also contains more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than fruit juice. Also, one thing you get from fruit that you don’t get from juice is fiber. That’s why fruit is not only better for your dental health, but it’s better for your overall health as well.

From now on, stick to eating your fruit instead of drinking it and your future self will thank you.

9/11/2015 7:30:00 AM | Michael Myers

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Fast food gets all the blame for bad health in America. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of fast food, but there are other things to consider.

It’s not the occasional Big Mac or stuffed-crust pizza that destroys our health. It’s all of the little snacks and treats along the way that make a bigger difference.

It’s okay to let loose with a fast food meal or a large fancy dinner from time to time. Even dentists like to eat out, you know.

We may be dentists, but we’re still human!

The Dangers Of Dessert 

The occasional large meal isn’t going to harm your dental health, as long as you actually floss and brush your teeth afterwards. It might make you tired, bloated, and have other health consequences, but no one ever got a cavity from one meal.

What really impacts your dental health is the food that you eat every single day. One of the worst habits you can possibly have is eating ice cream after dinner every day.

It’s the daily wear and tear from sweets that does more harm than any single meal. Even if you do brush and floss every day, all of that sugar slowly decays your teeth. Let’s be honest, most of us aren’t brushing our teeth within minutes of finishing dessert, so it’s no exaggeration to say that we are slowing deteriorating our teeth with each bowl of ice cream and piece of cake.

How to Change Your Dessert-Eating Habits

Habits are hard to break and the most effective way to end a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. There are two practical approaches you can take to limit the damage done to your teeth from eating desserts:

1.    You can replace your normal dessert with a healthier alternative -- This way you’re still getting a dessert with each dinner, without damaging your teeth.

2.    You can limit your dessert to once or twice a week -- This way you’re still getting the food you crave, while limiting its exposure to your teeth.

8/27/2015 7:30:00 AM | Michael Myers

One of the biggest complaints that we hear from patients is that they put off a procedure for too long and now regret that decision. You might not feel the effects of delaying an oil change or tire change on your car, but you will definitely feel it when you put off a cavity filling for too long.

Unlike car dealerships which are known for recommending maintenance services that aren’t really necessary, Dr. Myers genuinely cares for all of his patients and his recommendations are made with your best interest in mind. Not only will delaying dental procedures likely make the health problem worse, but it usually ends up costing more money as well.

Do I really need a dental crown?

When the early signs first appear that you will need a dental crown in the future, you likely don’t feel much urgency to get it taken care of. At that point you probably aren’t experiencing any pain yet and you might not see any blemishes in the appearance of your tooth.

However, the sooner you get a crown, the better. Dental crowns are one of the simplest and most effective restoration procedures to protect the long-term health of your tooth and to immediately improve the aesthetics.

With minimal tooth decay or damage, the procedure for adding a crown is a breeze. It’s not until you put it off for a long time that you end up requiring a procedure that takes up more time and costs more money.

Delaying a Crown Too Long Can Lead to Requiring a Root Canal

Like we mentioned before, adding a crown is quick and easy, but getting a root canal isn’t quite as fun. Of course we’ll do everything we can to make it as comfortable as possible for you, but no one likes having someone drill in their mouths -- not even us!

Believe it or not, your dental health is deeply connected to your overall health. Putting off a dental procedure can lead to periodontal disease -- which is associated with diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications, and respiratory disease.

If you’ve been putting off a procedure for too long, now is the time to get it taken care of. Book an appointment today and we’ll get it taken care of once and for all!

8/26/2015 8:00:00 AM | Michael Myers

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One of the biggest complaints that we hear from patients is that they put off a procedure for too long and now regret that decision. You might not feel the effects of delaying an oil change or tire change on your car, but you will definitely feel it when you put off a cavity filling for too long.

Unlike car dealerships which are known for recommending maintenance services that aren’t really necessary, Dr. Myers genuinely cares for all of his patients and his recommendations are made with your best interest in mind. Not only will delaying dental procedures likely make the health problem worse, but it usually ends up costing more money as well.

Do I really need a dental crown?

When the early signs first appear that you will need a dental crown in the future, you likely don’t feel much urgency to get it taken care of. At that point you probably aren’t experiencing any pain yet and you might not see any blemishes in the appearance of your tooth.

However, the sooner you get a crown, the better. Dental crowns are one of the simplest and most effective restoration procedures to protect the long-term health of your tooth and to immediately improve the aesthetics.

With minimal tooth decay or damage, the procedure for doing a crown is relatively simple.  It’s not until you put it off for a long time that you end up requiring a procedure that takes up more time and costs more money.

Delaying a Crown Too Long Can Lead to a Root Canal

Like we mentioned before, doing a crown is relatively straight forward, but needing a root canal, in addition to the crown, can become more problematic. We will always refer you to an excellent endodontist (specialist) to have the Root Canal done as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Believe it or not, your dental health is deeply connected to your overall health. Putting off a dental procedure can lead to periodontal disease -- which is associated with diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications, and respiratory disease.

If you’ve been putting off a procedure for too long, now is the time to get it taken care of. Book an appointment today and we’ll get it taken care of once and for all!

8/11/2015 7:30:00 AM | Michael Myers

We’ve seen dental floss used in all kinds of creative ways. Of all the personal hygiene products we use, dental floss offers the most options for practical use outside of its intended function.

Here are some of the ways we’ve seen dental floss used:

  • Clothesline
  • Fishing line
  • String popcorn
  • Fixing eyeglasses
  • Shoestring replacement
  • Support for young plants
  • Hanging small paintings
  • Removing sticky photos
  • Removing cookies from tray
  • Cutting cheese
  • Starting a fire
  • Sewing
  • Cooking twine
  • Removing stuck rings

And the list goes on. Do you know what we don’t see dental flossed used for often enough? The actual flossing of teeth!

Benefits of Flossing

Flossing is a necessary part of any solid dental hygiene routine, but you already know that. (We’ve only told you every time you come visit us.) However, sometimes we all need a little reminder, so here’s a list of the top benefits that you gain from flossing:

  1. Flossing keeps your teeth from falling out
  2. Flossing prevents gum disease, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, and low-birth babies
  3. Flossing can prevent and treat dry mouth
  4. Flossing saves you money by preventing future dental procedures

Flossing is a habit, just like any other, but it’s one that doesn’t come naturally to most of us. That means you are going to have to put forth some effort to make it a habit for yourself.

Research has shown that it takes 28 days to form a habit, but to be safe let’s round it up to 30. Can you commit to flossing your teeth every day for only one month? If so, by the end of the month you should be able to floss daily without thinking twice about it because you will have formed the habit.

Can’t bring yourself to commit to a full month of flossing? Be honest with yourself. How about just one tooth, can you manage that?

Behavioral research out of Stanford University found that the most effective way to help people start a new habit was to make it as small and easy as possible. They found that if participants committed to flossing only one tooth a day, that they were more likely to not only build the habit of flossing all of their teeth, but they would stick with it much longer than those who try to go all out at once.

Just think about it -- if you’re already taking the time to floss one tooth, you might as well floss them all, right? We’re looking forward to seeing those beautiful, healthy gums at your next cleaning appointment!

8/10/2015 11:08:00 PM | Michael Myers

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No, not for me, but for all of you in my practice who are thinking about it, the good news is that we are living longer, and more of us are keeping our teeth. That’s great! 

However, this also means that we are going to be facing potentially significant dental issues for (hopefully) many years to come. We need to think about this and plan for it.

Research has shown that the lack of dental insurance benefits is a major contributor to poor oral health in older Americans (Source: Journal of The California Dental Association, July 2015, p.351,
Here is the point. If you are seriously looking to retire in the next 2-3 years, tell us now! It may make sense to do certain procedures now while you still have dental insurance. I would much prefer to see you replace that huge old silver filling now with a new crown rather than see it fracture 6 months after you retire. Your cost then would be significantly greater than now. Prevention has always been the best approach.

So talk to me at your next appointment. The years are flying by at “warp speed”!


Mention this “Special Offer” and receive 10% off all Restorative and Cosmetic dental procedures, now thru 9/30/15! (Even if you’re not thinking about retiring!). Happy Summer!

Yours in Good Dental Health,
Michael L. Myers, DDS and Staff

7/30/2015 1:31:00 PM | Michael Myers

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Who doesn’t want a pearly white smile? Your teeth are one of the first things that people notice when they look at you and having a great smile is a confidence booster for anyone. You don’t have to be in movies to have a Hollywood smile, you just may need a little help from the pros.

There are a wide variety of things that can stain your teeth, but the common ones are tobacco use, red wine, coffee, tea, cola, certain prescriptions, and even aging. Fortunately, removing stains and restoring that bright smile is easier than you might think. You don’t have to waste time out of your day wearing whitening strips for an entire month to see results either.

At North Coast Family Dentistry, we offer Zoom! whitening to our patients and we have seen amazing results.

Benefits of Zoom! over other whitening methods include:
  • All teeth are whitened at the same time
  • Faster treatment time
  • Removes stains from crowns, veneers, and other restorations
  • Procedure and treatment are both safe
  • Treatments are performed by an experienced professional

Mention this post to save 25% through the end of August!

We are currently offering a promotion to current and new patients for teeth whitening. If you’ve never had your teeth professionally whitened, now is the time to see the difference for yourself. The results are impressive and all you have to do is sit back while we do all the work. It’s so much easier and quicker than using any of those home whitening kits.

Check out all the details on Zoom! whitening here.

Of course, we always recommend preventing stains as much as possible by brushing and flossing daily. However, some light discoloration is inevitable for those who enjoy coffee and wine. You shouldn’t avoid the things you enjoy because you’re worried about ruining your smile. Our whitening procedure will have your teeth looking pearly again in no time.

You can schedule your appointment online and don’t forget to mention this post for your discount! We look forward to seeing you soon and bringing that beautiful smile back to its full glory.

7/14/2015 1:51:00 PM | Michael Myers

Summer dentist appointments Encinitas
With kids and young adults home for summer it’s a great time of the year to travel, relax, and enjoy quality time together. It’s always nice to not have a fully packed schedule that accompanies the school year.

Now is also a perfect time to get caught up on things that are more of a hassle when school is in session. Most people tend to put off teeth cleanings until August and we get completely booked up. Scheduling your cleaning before then allows you to get it out of the way before your schedule gets full and to get in before our schedule gets full.

Requesting an appointment is easy and can be done online!

Have Your Kids Been Practicing Good Oral Hygiene?

With summer vacation in full swing, it’s easy for your normal routine to break down. It’s important for everyone to maintain a solid cleaning regimen in between visits to our office. Not only will they have a bright and shining smile, but they’ll be healthier too.

We’ve written up a brief guide to brushing and flossing that should answer most questions or concerns regarding a daily routine. As always, we are happy to answer any other questions you might have as well.

Young People Neglecting To Floss

The biggest issue we see, especially with kids/young adults, is neglecting to floss. We get it. Most people do not enjoy flossing. However, there are several good reasons to do it anyway, including:
  • Flossing prevents tooth decay
  • Flossing prevents periodontal disease
  • Flossing prevents halitosis (bad breath)
  • Flossing even prevents stains from becoming permanent
Don’t wait until the day before your visit to start flossing. (We can tell.) Start building the habit of doing it today, even if you can only get yourself or your kids to do it once a day. That’s significantly better than not flossing at all.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we at North Coast Family Dentistry are looking forward to seeing your family soon!

11/8/2014 2:08:00 PM | Michael Myers

Best San Diego Dentists - Dr. Michael Myers
North Coast Family Dentistry is proud to announce that Dr. Myers has again been chosen as one of the top dentists in the San Diego area. The honor was publicized in San Diego Magazine in April and marks the eighth consecutive year that Dr. Myers was signaled out by fellow dental colleagues.

To come up with their list, the magazine asked thousands of dental professionals, "If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?" Dentists and specialists were asked to consider several areas, including years of experience, manner with patients, use of new techniques, and physical results.

Dr. Myers was chosen in the General Dentistry category, and he's thrilled he made the list again. He's especially honored that he was chosen by his fellow dental colleagues.

North Coast is accepting new patients, so if you'd like to find out firsthand why Dr. Myers is a top dentist, call us for an appointment today.

About Dr. Michael Myers

Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Myers graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1971. He then retuned to his hometown to attend Georgetown Universitywhere he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1975. Dr. Myers and his family decided to return to Southern Californiain the summer of that year to begin his dental career. In 1979, he moved his practice to Encinitas, and in 1987, he was one of the founders of the North Coast Health Center.

Dr. Myers is a member of several dental organizations, including the American Dental Association and the San Diego County Dental Society. An active and enthusiastic family man, he and his wife Debbie have three children and five grandchildren. His hobbies include surfing, hiking, and motorcycle riding.

9/9/2014 2:10:00 PM | Michael Myers

To celebrate our 35th anniversary, North Coast Family Dentistry is offering an amazing special for the month of September. All fillings, of any material, are 15 percent off!

If you have cavities, it's very important that you take care of them right away. When they're discovered early enough, cavities can be treated quickly and painlessly. Ignoring them can lead to pain and possible infection.  Prolonged lack of treatment may result in more significant, and costly, problems.

When you come into North Coast Family Dentistry, we'll give you a thorough examination. If cavities are found, Dr. Myers will talk to you about your filling options. There are different types of filling materials to use, including gold, amalgam (silver), and composite resin (tooth colored).

Dr. Myers will go over the pros and cons of each, and whichever type you decide on, now through the end of September, you'll get 15 percent off each one.

We, at North Coast, have really enjoyed serving the Encinitas community, and this offer is just a little token of our appreciation. It's our way of saying thanks for being such great patients. We look forward to serving you for another 35 years!

About North CoastFamily Dentistry

Founded by Dr. Michael Myers, North Coasthas been serving the people of Encinitas for 35 years. The practice focuses on restorative and cosmetic dentistry and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and attention to each of their patients.

9/8/2014 2:06:00 PM | Michael Myers

encinitas teeth bleaching
Let's face it: everyone likes having whiter teeth. When we smile, we want people to see our pearly whites, not our yellowish or stained teeth. If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, now is the perfect time to come into North Coast Family Dentistry. For the month of September, we're offering our bleaching trays at 50 percent off!

There are many reasons why teeth lose their natural white color. These include:

  • Normal wear of the outer tooth layer
  • Excessive fluoridation during tooth development
  • Stained teeth due to medications, certain food or drinks, or smoking
When you come in to North Coast Family Dentistry to have your teeth whitened, you'll need two visits. During the first appointment, impressions will be made of your teeth to create clear plastic trays. At your second appointment, your trays will be put on to make sure they fit, and any adjustments will be made.

Depending on the amount of staining or how white you want your teeth, the trays will be worn with a whitening solution either once a day for 1 to 2 hours, or overnight for a week or so.

We will of course give you all of the care instructions for you teeth as well as the bleaching trays. And if you come in before September 30, those trays will be half price. Don't wait any longer; let us help restore the beauty of your smile.

About North CoastFamily Dentistry

Founded by Dr. Michael Myers, North Coast Family Dentistry has been serving the people of Encinitas for 35 years. The practice focuses on restorative and cosmetic dentistry and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and attention to each of their patients.

9/8/2014 10:44:00 AM | Michael Myers

North Coast Family Dentistry - Encinitas
We are excited to announce the official launch of our North Coast Family Dentistry blog!

We will be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients. 

If you would like to stay up to date on the latest from North Coast Family Dentistry, simply subscribe to the RSS feed here, or click the “Subscribe to feed” link located on our website and subscribe. Our subscribers will be updated when we make a new blog post.

Yours in Good Dental Health,
Michael L. Myers, DDS and Staff

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