January 2017  
Stephen G. Erickson, DDS




“Fact or Fiction” Oral Hygiene Quiz


The holidays have come and gone, and now it’s time to think about any resolutions you might have made: did any of them call for keeping your mouth healthy? We didn’t think so. But SmileMore knows it can’t hurt to keep your mouth, teeth and gums on your daily to-do list.

Let’s start the New Year off with a pop quiz. Can you distinguish between fact and fiction when it comes to some basics? Take the quiz and find out!

  1. True or false: Anyone’s mouth can feel dry now and then.
  2. True or false: I have no pain in my mouth, so I don’t need to visit the dentist.
  3. True or false: Everyone needs dentures at some point in their life.
  4. True or false: There’s no cure for sensitive teeth.
  5. True or false: Plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.



  1. FALSE. Having a dry mouth is not itself serious but taking care of your teeth and gums and regular dental visits are important when living with dry mouth. Without the cleansing effects of saliva, tooth decay and other oral health problems can become aggravated.
  2. FALSE. Don’t wait for your teeth to hurt before seeing a dentist. In many cases, you can avoid issues that would cause you pain by scheduling regular dental visits.
  3. FALSE. Thanks to advances in dental care, many people keep their teeth their entire lives. And prevention is the key. Always brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day and see your dentist regularly.
  4. FALSE. Sensitive teeth can be treated. Your dentist may recommend desensitizing toothpaste or an alternative treatment based on the cause of your sensitivity. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.
  5. TRUE! When tartar collects above or below the gum line, gum tissue can become swollen and may bleed. The condition is called gingivitis, and it’s the early stage of gum disease. Prevent plaque buildup by regularly visiting your dentist, brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and cleaning between your teeth with dental floss.

Call SmileMore today to schedule an appointment, at 860-646-1535, or click here to visit our website and learn more about our services.


Smile-More Office Happenings - January


This month we celebrate two work anniversaries.  Our assistant, Marina, has been with Dr Erickson for 19 years and our hygienist, Eden, for two years.  Congrats girls!! 

Many of us will be attending the Yankee Dental Convention at the end of the month for some continuing education courses.  We look forward to sharing our experiences with you next month. 

Keep safe, winter's almost half over. 




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