Still haven’t chosen a New Years’ resolution? How about selecting one that is relatively simple and will benefit your dental and overall health?

All you have to do is floss. It’s as simple as that!

Some Americans don’t floss as much as they should, others don’t floss at all! Flossing should be part of your daily dental hygiene routine. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily, and flossing at least once.

The act of flossing not only releases food stuck between teeth, but it also removes plaque build up. Plaque build up between teeth and on gums leads to gingivitis, tooth decay and eventually gum disease. Gum disease can harm not only your mouth, but also your entire body. It can lead to diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, low birth weight babies, and dementia. Click here for more information on gum disease and how to prevent it.

Here you can find a quick tutorial on how to properly floss your teeth. And, be sure to ask at your next hygiene or dental appointment about how to increase the effectiveness of your flossing!

Who is “the Bear in the Chair?”

Rafetto Orthodontics, had an oversized, overstuffed bear in the waiting room of his office. It sat there greeting every patient who came though the door and added an air of fun and warmth to the practice.

Dr. Gregory had appreciated the bear and the personal touch it added to the atmosphere of the dental office. When Dr. Gregory
opened his practice in the Pike Creek area, Dr. Rafetto asked what he could send as a congratulatory gift. Dr. Gregory wanted to add a feeling of friendliness to his office and said,

“Well, I like that bear you have in your waiting room. He’d be a great fit!” Dr. Rafetto generously sent a bear just like his own.

Since then, this bear has become an important part of Dr. Gregory’s team. The bear helps preschool children learn to brush their own teeth by practicing on his smile, and he greets patients and helps them relax with his friendly and familiar face.

In fact, the bear has become the mascot of our Wilmington practice, exemplifying the spirit of care and friendliness Dr. Gregory’s office embraces every day. As people pass by our office, they can see the bear waving to them through the front window as he sits in an operatory chair.

Patient Education

“Information is liberating.”

So said Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. I agree, and want to emphasize to all my patients how important it is to be informed and educated about your dental health.

The decisions about your dental health care and any treatments that might be necessary are always yours. I will recommend options to you, and which one I think are best, but you are in control of your care at all times. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to make decisions that will be the best choices for you.

Here are some useful web sites that highlight important dental health topics. I encourage you to browse through them, and learn how important dental health is to your overall health.

Know Your Teeth

Mouth Healthy


The Oral Cancer Foundation

Dear Doctor