How Often Should I Go?
There is no such thing as too often! But since that is clearly not what you wanted to hear, most dentists recommend once every six months. The reason you need to keep stopping by even when your teeth are fine is that they need to do some regular cleaning and also check for possible problems. If a small problem can be nipped in the bud, it will keep it from becoming a major source of pain – like a root canal!
What Can I Do About My Hysterical Fear Of Dentists?
We often joke about this phobia, but there’s really nothing funny about it. It keeps lots of people from heading to the office for important maintenance and cleaning. There is a new technique called sedation dentistry that is fast becoming popular. Sedation dentistry uses tranquilizers, soothing music and lights, and sometimes even massage to get patients into a relaxed state so the dentist can do their thing. See if the clinics in your area offer it
I Like Sweets… Are My Teeth Going To Fall Out?
It is a common misconception that sugar is the biggest tooth killer out there. What really causes most cases of gum disease is a buildup of tartar that separates your teeth from your gums over time. This stuff is actually made of calcium from your saliva, so it can affect anyone. The only way to avoid it is to take proper care of your teeth.
Should I Really Floss?
Yes. Get into the habit of flossing after you brush and you’ll notice a major difference in just how clean your mouth feels. There will also be a huge difference when you see the dentist and they say to you, “Well, things are looking pretty good in there. No deep cleaning today!”
Is There An Alternative To Braces?
There are a number of ways nowadays to get your teeth straight without the clunky old metal braces. There are some that are partial sets; instead of adjusting all of your teeth, they just work where there need to. There are also methods like Invisalign that offer a unique way to straighten teeth that’s almost invisible. Ask your dentist what solutions they offer.
How Can I Get My Teeth Whiter?
The old method involved lots of scraping, but dentists stopped doing that because it damaged enamel and because there’s something new and more effective. Modern teeth whitening techniques use a tray with gel. You bite down on this for a short period of time, and the gel works its magic. It contains strong bleaching agents which, under the proper conditions, are totally safe. This is a solution that’s getting people all over the country smiling more.
The best way to learn more about how to take care of your teeth to keep them healthy is to actually see the dentist and have them take a look. We are sorry, but there’s just simply no better way!
Which type of toothbrush should I use?
The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to the recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
Is one toothpaste better than others?
Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use a fluoride-containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.
How often should I floss?
Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.
What’s the difference between a bridge and a partial denture?
Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
What about silver fillings versus white fillings?
Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting “white” or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they “bond” to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. While fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look better. However, “white” fillings cannot be used in every situation, and if a tooth is very badly broken-down, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better overall satisfaction for the patient.
Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?
No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.