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12 Things to Consider Before Skipping Flossing

August 1st, 2017

Look, we understand. Some people just don’t like to floss. In fact, as you’ll read below, up to half of all Americans don’t floss s often as they should.

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Since flossing helps protect you from oral infections, bad breath, gum disease and more, this is not a good thing.

Take a look at these 12 things you may not know about flossing and perhaps you’ll change your mind about this all-important hygiene habit.

1. Some dentists recommend flossing before you brush, not after, to better help the fluoride from your toothpaste get in between your teeth. However, there remains debate over whether this actually has any impact or not. Most dentists agree that the most important thing is that you floss.

2. If your gums bleed when you floss, you may be flossing improperly or at irregular intervals. Regular flossing with a good technique is essential.

3. If you are not using a clean section of floss for each tooth, you risk transferring bacteria from one tooth to another!

4. Floss actually comes in flavors for those who need a little more incentive. You can find all the expected stuff – mint flavors, fruit flavors – and even bacon. Yes, bacon flavored floss!

5. If you have bridgework or wider than average space between your teeth, it may be better to use wide floss, aka dental tape. This will provide better coverage of your teeth and ensure they remain cleaner and healthier.

6. If you have closely spaced teeth, consider waxed floss, which can be easier to slide between your teeth.

7. Listen for the squeak: You can actually hear when unwaxed floss is moving against clean teeth. This is your indication that plaque has been removed.

8. Only about 50 percent of Americans floss on a daily basis, and 18 percent don’t floss at ALL, according to the American Dental Association.

9. 27 percent of people LIE about how much they floss!

10. Any discomfort that comes with flossing disappears after the first week or so of regular flossing. It’s normal for it to feel “odd” the first few times, but that quickly goes away as long as you make it part of your routine.

11. If using floss feels weird or awkward to you, ask your dental hygienist about other options. There are actually many products that can provide the same sort of cleaning, including rubber-tips cleaners, pre-threaded flossers, tiny brushes, and more.

12. Waterpicks are NOT a replacement for flossing, as they do not remove plaque. They are for cleaning braces, but should not be used in lieu of flossing.

If you want to learn more about the importance of flossing, good flossing techniques, and how we can help, reach out to us to set up an appointment with our hygienist.

The Surprising Way Your Dentist and Botox Can Help Migraines

July 1st, 2017

If you suffer from migraines, you might be surprised that you can get relief from an unexpected person: your dentist.

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And you might be even more surprised to hear how they can help: by using Botox.

Most of us think of Botox as a cosmetic injection favored by Hollywood types to smooth out their age lines, but in truth Botox has an array of uses, among them an innovative treatment for migraines.

How does this work?

Botox can be used therapeutically to help relax muscles that contribute to or cause your headaches, especially jaw clenching. Key areas around the head and neck are targeted, focused on shallow muscles (none of the injections are deep).

Interestingly, the exact mechanism by which Botox helps prevent chronic headaches and migraines is not clear. Studies show it works, however, and the FDA approved this treatment in 2010.

How do you know if you’re a candidate?

The fact is that anyone who gets headaches often enough to impact their daily life may be a candidate for this treatment. Be sure to see your primary care doctor first to rule out any medical issues.

Allergies, hormonal imbalances, sleep apnea, and other factors could all play a role in your headaches. If you have headaches 15 days a month or more and are over the age of 18, this treatment may be for you.

Rather than rely on prescription medication to control your headaches, treatment roughly every 12 weeks can help prevent the headaches from happening in the first place. Patients we have treated have reported a decline from near daily migraines to just 1 or 2 minor headaches over the course of several months.

What is the treatment like?

It’s easy and painless. We’ll conduct a neck examination to find areas of muscle soreness. An examination of your teeth will also be done to check for areas of excessive wear, which is a sign of teeth grinding (which you may not even be aware you’re doing and which can contribute to headaches). After being examined, the areas for possible injection will be determined.

Can this treatment be used for anything else?

In fact, yes! Chronic eye twitch, overactive bladder, and other conditions are now considered candidates for treatment with Botox. In many ways, the therapeutic uses of Botox are only now being discovered. Botox has been in wide use since 1989 and has a remarkable track record of safety.

How do I get started?

Just contact our office to set up a consultation. We’ll take it from there and get you on your way towards relief from chronic headaches.

4 Great Cleveland Spots to Spend a Summer Afternoon with Your Dog

June 5th, 2017

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There is nothing quite like summer in Northeast Ohio. Your dog thinks so, too, which is why it’s a great time of year to get out and spend an afternoon with them under the sun.

But where to go? After all, you can only stroll around the neighborhood so many times before you want to see something new.

That, and your dog wants off his or her leash! They want to run free! And that’s exactly why we put together this list – to give you four great spots in the region to take your dog on a nice summer afternoon.

Fair Harbor Dog Beach
301 Huntington Beach Dr, Fairport Harbor

If you want to enjoy a fun summer day out with your dog friend, there are few better places than Fair Harbor Dog Beach. Most of the park is a leashed area, but there is a leash-free beach where dogs can romp around in the sand, swim, and generally do all the fun stuff dogs love to do.

There are loads of amenities, including grills, restrooms, a playground, volleyball, and lots more. There is even a lighthouse and marine museum here, too, so it’s easy to make an entire afternoon of it. It’s an easy drive from Beachwood (where we are), so there is no excuse not to go!

Bow Wow Beach
5027 Stow Rd., Stow

Head down 271 and 80 into Stow and you’ll find Bow Wow Beach, a gorgeous 8-acre dog park surrounding a big 5-acre lake. Featuring beach areas, open grass to run around in, plenty of shade trees, a wash basin, waste stations and more, this has everything you could want from a dog park – including lots and lots of dogs!

If your dog likes to socialize, there are few better spots than Bow Wow, which is always full of friendly dogs for your furry friend to play with. And it’s just down the highway!

South Euclid Dog Park
699 S Belvoir Blvd, South Euclid

This park is kept in clean, pristine condition by its army of volunteers, which is especially nice for the pups who want to use the agility equipment there for their play. It's mostly gravel rather than grass, and there aren’t many shade trees, so bring extra water or utilize the water pump already on the grounds.

The dogs here tend to be well-behaved, which is a good thing, since it’s not divided into big dog and small dog areas.

Tremont Park
W 11th St & Clark Ave, Cleveland

Sometimes the thing you and your furry friend need the most is a day in the city. Even dogs like all the sights and sounds near downtown Cleveland! You won’t want to just go walking around aimlessly, though, so instead head for Tremont Park.

This gravel park has lots of benches so you can take a load off, a water fountain made for dogs, and more. The park is set next to open baseball fields, so you and your pet will be able to enjoy fresh air and openness even while right in the city.

Places Named Beachwood Other Than Beachwood, Ohio

May 2nd, 2017

When it comes to suburbs of Cleveland, Beachwood is as pleasant as they come, and it’s a nice community in which to live and work.

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What you may not know is that it’s not the only Beachwood out there. There are several other Beachwoods, along with a slew of towns that have our former spelling of Beechwood.

Are they as interesting as our Beachwood? Are they places worth visiting? Let’s find out.

Beachwood, New Jersey

This small coastal community is about the same size as ours – population 11,000, 3 square miles to our 5 – and sits on the Toms River, which feeds into New Jersey’s famed Barnegat Bay (which you might know because the MTV show Jersey Shore was filmed not too far from here).

It’s a quiet community devoted to fishing and boating and life on the bay. All in all a pleasant place to be, with easy access to a lot of hot tourist spots like Seaside Heights, Belmar, Point Pleasant, and Wildwood. So yes, it’s a place worth visiting!

Beachwood, Delaware

Travel just south of New Jersey and you’ll come to Beachwood, Delaware, an unassuming suburban community just a few short miles from the resort towns of Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, and the barrier island along Rehoboth Bay, all of them situated on the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s a beautiful but little know part of the country filled with things to do, farmland, great places to eat, and amazing people. In other words, the people of Beachwood, Ohio would feel right at home there!

Beachwood, Maryland

While we’re in the region, we can take a (very) quick jaunt over to Maryland, where a little outside Baltimore we’ll find another Beachwood. Like the previous two Beachwoods, this one is closely associated with the water.

It’s directly on the Back River, which empties into the bay. There is also Beachwood Estates just a mile or so away, also on the water. Both are actually subsections of Sparrows Points.

As for whether it’s worth visiting or not, that depends on whether or not you want to visit Baltimore!

Beachwood Canyon, California

For our next stop, we need to hop on a plane and head for the west coast, because we’re going to California – and it’s one heck of a community. Beachwood Canyon is in the Hollywood Hills, and is in fact just below the famous Hollywood sign.

With a population of 22,000, it goes without saying that the notable residents of this community are many. The list is endless, from Kevin Bacon to Axl Rose, Mila Kunis, Keanu Reeves, and more. So would you want to visit? Probably!

Still, despite all these interesting other Beachwoods, let’s be honest: there’s no place like home. We really do love this community. We know you do, too.

So here’s a tip of the hat to all those Beachwoods out there … especially ours right here in Ohio.

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