The Power of Flossing

In addition to twice a day brushing, flossing is very beneficial in your daily oral care routine. Many of us either forget to floss or find it less important in keeping our teeth healthy and clean, but flossing reaches areas in between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. While brushing cleans the surface of our teeth, flossing gets in the gaps between them for a deeper clean.

The importance of flossing can be seen by how often our dentists ask us if we floss. Dentists are very aware of the many benefits that come with flossing, and encourage patients to do so to avoid cavities and tooth decay.

Benefits of Flossing

As we said, while brushing your teeth keeps them clean and can also promote healthy gums, brushing really only cleans the surface of your teeth. While this protects your teeth from cavities, a toothbrush doesn’t attack the gaps between your teeth, which makes those gaps a place for bacteria and plaque to reside. Flossing removes plaque that otherwise stays in your mouth.

Flossing not only reaches areas of our teeth that a toothbrush doesn’t, it also promotes the health of our gums. Those of us who suffer from bleeding and sensitive gums often avoid flossing, as we believe it’ll make our gums worse. However, flossing improves the health of our gums and regular flossing can reduce bleeding. Studies show that people with bleeding gums who add flossing to their daily routine experience better gum health and less bleeding. Like the food that gets trapped between your teeth causes cavities, trapped food also leads to bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria is harmful to your gums and can promote gum disease. So, in order to keep both your gums and teeth bacteria free, make sure to floss daily and rid your mouth of harmful bacteria.

A more obvious benefit of flossing is it enhances the appearance of your teeth—and your breath too! Flossing removes food from your teeth that may cause your smile to appear less clean or white. Removing the bacteria between your teeth with flossing also gives you better breath—it’s a win-win!

We Can Help

Here at Johnson Dental, we want to help you achieve a healthy mouth. In addition to your daily brushing and flossing, professional teeth cleanings are essential for clean teeth and overall oral health. We can also provide floss for those of you with braces and permanent retainers that make flossing a bigger hassle. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning and we’ll give you some floss while you’re at it.


Occlusion is the relationship between the upper teeth and the lower teeth. Many dental issues arise as a result of Malocclusion, the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth, and dental care options are available to help treat malocclusion.

What is Malocclusion?

Malocclusion is the misalignment of the lower and upper teeth, it is often referred to as a bad bite because the teeth do not line up. If a malocclusion is not corrected early, it could lead to tooth decay, which would require more invasive dental techniques to correct.

Malocclusion Problems

In some cases, this can lead to the teeth becoming crowded and can cause them to grow in incorrectly. Malocclusion is often the side effect of extra teeth or lost teeth and can lead to a number of different health problems including gum disease, and crooked teeth. Fillings and crowns can also begin to wear away as a result of Malocclusion and will need to be replaced in order to retain their functionality.

Malocclusion can have a negative effect on more than just your teeth. The stress applied to the jaw from a malocclusion can result in problems with the temporomandibular joint and can even lead to health problems like difficulty opening or closing your mouth and jaw muscle pain.

Treatment Options

Correcting a malocclusion early is crucial to oral health later in life. In some cases, braces will be enough to correct the problem but sometimes special mouth guards called occlusal splints may be necessary to help with tooth realignment. In extreme cases of malocclusion where the teeth have grown in weird places in the mouth, like protruding from the gums, surgery may be necessary to correct the issue.

If you need a malocclusion corrected or if you are interested in any of the other services offered by Johnson Dental in Denver, CO you can contact us here or by calling us at 303.422.8748.

Don’t Forget To Floss!

Don’t Forget to Floss!

Flossing takes time, however the benefits far outweigh the risks of skipping it. While brushing your teeth removes plaque and keeps your teeth clean, your toothbrush doesn’t clean those hard-to-reach areas that flossing does. Everyone should strive to floss once a day, as the areas between your teeth are vulnerable to cavities and harder to keep clean. Not only does flossing help protect your teeth, it also works to keep your gums healthy.

Does it Matter When I Floss?

Whether you decide to floss before or after brushing your teeth, the choice is yours as long as you make sure to do it. Flossing only adds a couple of minutes to your daily routine and may save you hours of dental care in the future. When flossing, keep a few things in mind:

Flossing shouldn’t hurt– Flossing too hard can cause damage to the tissue between your teeth as well as bleeding. So be sure to floss efficiently without harming yourself. If flossing still hurts, there may be more serious problems that can be identified by your dentist or hygienist.
Everyone needs to floss– Kids need to floss too. You should floss your children’s teeth from an early age, and make sure they continue to do so themselves as they reach the right age.
You have options– There are a variety of ways to floss your teeth. You can use traditional floss, pre-threaded flossers, bristled brushes, and water flossers. Contact Johnson Dental and find out what’s right for you.

How Flossing Helps Your Smile

Flossing doesn’t only remove the plaque from between your teeth, it can help keep your teeth white and protects your mouth from gingivitis and other diseases. Though teeth whitening makes your smile look bright and clean, it doesn’t protect your teeth like brushing and flossing. Gingivitis, the beginning stage of gum disease that causes swelling and irritation, can also be prevented by flossing. Flossing can solve this uncertainty and keep your mouth clean and disease free!

Dr. Ted Johnson and Dr. Katie Johnson are here to help!

At Johnson Dental, we will help keep your teeth clean and provide you with the necessary resources for a healthy mouth. Explore our website for ways to keep a healthy smile and clean teeth. Don’t forget, a healthy smile is a happy smile and flossing is an essential daily step to protect your teeth from decay, cavities, and disease.

A Healthy Mouth Leads to a Happy Heart!

Do you know anyone that suffers from heart disease? Have you ever lost a dear friend or family member to this killer?

This month we are creating awareness about heart disease. It is very near and dear to our hearts. Why you might ask?! Well, it has been scientifically proven that there is a direct link between oral health and the heart. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than 200 million Americans suffer from some degree of inflammation of the gums. Over the past decade, researchers have published studies that link the bacteria involved in periodontal disease to cardiovascular disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have connected oral infections to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and low birth weight babies.

How can my mouth affect my heart?

Our mouths are filled with bacteria, and this bacteria forms plaque. If the plaque and bacteria are not removed through brushing, flossing, and regular hygiene appointments at the dentist, it hardens into tartar on the surface of the teeth and even under the gum tissue. If gum inflammation is not treated early, it can advance to an even more severe infection.

Bacteria are released in the bloodstream through chewing and brushing and flossing your teeth. The same species of bacteria that causes gum disease has been discovered in the plaque in arteries in the heart.

Studies have shown that the same bacteria that cause gum disease are also responsible for causing plaque build-up in the carotid arteries, which increases the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Ongoing research is being conducted to get a better understanding of the link between oral health and heart disease better.

By preventing oral diseases, you’re also minimizing the risk of having a heart attack.

What can I do to limit my risk of gum disease and cardiovascular problems?

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice per day
  • Visit your dentist for the prescribed hygiene appointments
  • Be sure to have regular exams with your doctor

Call us today to find out if you are at risk for gum disease and heart disease!

Oral Disease and Health Connection

Poor gum health is increasingly being linked to many health conditions including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, low birth-weight babies, etc.

As early as 1921 we suspected the link between oral infections and other systemic diseases. Dr. Albert C. Fones, known as the father of dental hygiene, found numerous school children suffered from oral infections that kept them from attending school. He also noted the relationship between infectious diseases to oral infections.

Frequent oral health exams and maintenance cleanings with your hygienist can diagnose, prevent, and treat oral conditions, decreasing the chances of major infections that can negatively affect your life.

Every individual’s body handles bacteria differently. Many factors such as age, stress, smoking, lowered immunity, poor oral hygiene, and genetics can require more frequent dental care to maintain overall health.

Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dana, our dental hygienist, to find the ideal oral maintenance schedule to keep your body healthy!

Dentures and Your Dental Exam

I received a great question from a patient.  She wondered how often she should go to the dentist because she has dentures.  She was under the impression that because she had dentures, she didn’t need to come in for regular exams.  It is extremely important, however, that denture patients continue to see their dentist for the following reasons:

  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Making sure your dentures fit correctly
  • Check bone levels with panoramic x-ray
  • Clean and repair your denture
  • Provides an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns with your dentist

Dentures do not have to be unattractive or uncomfortable.  From traditional dentures to those anchored by implants, we can help you determine the best course of treatment, how you would like them to look and how quickly you can have a comfortable, attractive smile.

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Dr. Johnson recommends twice yearly visits for denture wearers in order to give you the care you deserve.  As always, we are accepting new patients and would be honored to be of service to you and your family.  Please call anytime with questions or to schedule an appointment.  303-422-8748 Or follow this link to contact us via our website. 

You can find more information about senior dental health on our blog.

Welcome Dana, RDH to Johnson Dental

Please join us in welcoming Dana Smith to Johnson Dental! 

Dana is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been a hygienist for 13 years.  She lives in Arvada with her husband, Kyle, who is a Denver Police Officer.  They enjoy outdoor activities together.

She is passionate about dentistry, taking amazing care of patients and preventative health care.  She realizes many patients have sensitive teeth and takes precautions to make sure that your visit is a comfortable one.  She is available to answer your questions and help you make great decisions about your health.

On her first day, I took her skills for a test drive and had my teeth cleaned.  She is thorough, yet gentle.  She is easy to talk to and puts the patient at ease.  We have received rave reviews so far.  We can’t wait for you to meet her!

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Please join us in welcoming Dana to our office!  We feel fortunate to have found such a talented and well-rounded member for our team.  Call to set up your appointment.  We offer a dental warranty for those patients who have restorative work like crowns and fillings as long as you maintain your recommended hygiene appointments. 303-422-8748

Update From Johnson Dental

Dr. Johnson was recently in the UK teaching dentists about occlusion (how your teeth come together) and TMJ (the jaw).  The weekend, hands-on course went well and Dr. Johnson said the dentists in the UK were eager to learn the material.  Of course, there was a little time for sightseeing, as well.

Dr. Ted Johnson in Scotland Dr. Johnson’s wife, Debbie and his daughter, Katy, traveled with him.

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Debbie and Katy at Stonehenge.

Dr. Ted Johnson at Stonehenge

Congratulations to Dr. Johnson for being invited to the UK year after year to share his expertise with our British friends.  He is internationally recognized as an expert in TMJ and occlusion.  You are in great hands when you visit our office.  To schedule an appointment, please call 303-422-8748.

Senior Dental Care

Colgate has this article about senior dental care:

Our senior patients are treated like VIPs!  Our goal is to enrich their lives by keeping them pain free and able to eat nutritious foods for many, many years to come.  We also do smile makeovers for seniors who decide they don’t like the look of their teeth.

If you are a senior or know one who deserves a beautiful, comfortable smile, give us a call for more information!  303-422-8748

Inflammation and the SAD Diet

Inflammation and the SAD (Standard American Diet)

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is characterized by redness and swelling.  Normally, inflammation occurs as a natural response from the immune system as a reaction to trauma or infection.  This is acute inflammation.  However, chronic inflammation occurs in humans for a variety of reasons:

  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Genetics
  • Exposure to toxins (such as second hand smoke or medications)

 What are the Consequences of Chronic Inflammation?

  • Fluid Retention
  • Weight Gain
  • Heart Conditions
  • Many Types of Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Lupus
  • Parkinson’s

 What Within the SAD (Standard American Diet) Causes Inflammation?

  • Harmful Oils, Sugars and Artificial Sweeteners
  • Trans Fats (Margarine, Shortening, Lard)
  • Animal Protein (not fish)-Use as a flavoring instead of a “Main feature” of your meal (Ref: Forks over Knives)
  • Fried Foods-These items speak for themselves
  • White Sugar or Processed Sugar-Use fruit as your go to for sweet cravings instead
  • Synthetic Sweeteners-Can cause serious health conditions up to and including brain cancer in rats (Harvard Medical School)
  • Food Additives and Chemicals-Including MSG, benzoates and sulfites
  • Dairy Products-Can contain antibiotics and growth hormones
  • Wheat-Can be highly processed and genetically modified
  • Gluten—Many are developing or experiencing sensitivities
  • Alcohol-High in sugar and a burden to the liver
  • Processed, Packaged or Prepared foods-often contain high amounts of chemicals or sodium
  • Sodium—Especially table salt. 

 What Can I Eat to Combat Inflammation?

  • Foods Containing Omega 3s-Hemp or flax seeds, walnuts, fish (mackerel, trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, salmon, scallops) tofu.
  • An abundance of fruit and vegetables of all colors
  • Get your carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables, legumes and beans
  • Eat as much fresh food as possible
  • Get plenty of fiber from your fruits and vegetables, especially berries!
  • Regularly eat ginger, cinnamon and turmeric
  • Drink plenty of water

Dental Nutrition

 How Else Can I Avoid Inflammation?

  • Exercise-at least 30 minutes of moderate cardio five to six times a week
  • Yoga
  • Drink enough water
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid toxins-Like second hand smoke
  • Get enough vitamin D (take a 15 minute sun bath each day!)

 My Dentist Said My Gums Are Inflamed

  • Inflammation in your gums signifies infection
  • You may require more frequent dental cleanings such as 3-4 months
  • Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke, low birth weight babies and can exacerbate existing conditions such as diabetes

Sources: Harvard Medical School HEALTHbeat, Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet, The Mayo Clinic, Forks Over Knives