Here's the tooth (truth)!
We know going to the dentist, and even scheduling an appointment, can bring up a few questions. We’re here to help and remind you that you are not alone. Many of our patients come in with questions and general curiosities about dental practices. We’ve listed a few of frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered, please reach out to us and we can answer any question you may have.
Why should I go to the dentist regularly?
Regular dentist appointments and check-ins are important. While many believe they are saving money by skipping their appointment, it could end up costing more in the long term. Regular check-ins include oral cancer detection, removal of plaque, tartar or filling of cavities before they begin eroding your teeth or gum tissue, check damage done because of bad habits, find problems under the surface and check your head, neck and lymph nodes for any abnormalities.
Why should I floss?
Flossing helps reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Brushing your teeth gets rid of some bacteria while flossing removes the bacteria in the tiny spaces between your teeth the toothbrush can’t reach. Without flossing, you are choosing to leave the plaque, which will eventually harden to tartar that can only be removed by the dentist.
How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?
Make it fun! Incorporate different things your kids like and show them how brushing their teeth doesn’t have to be something they dread. Throw on a song and have them brush to it or get them their favorite superhero themed brush. Being a good role model for your kids will go a long way. If they see you being enthusiastic about brushing your teeth, they will follow your lead.
Why does the dentist take X-rays?
An X-ray examination can reveal:
Small areas of decay
Abscesses or cysts
Developments in the teeth
Certain types of tumors
When should I change my toothbrush?
We encourage our patients to change their toothbrush out every three months. Toothbrushes can wear out, especially if you are using it often and for as long as we recommend each brush. After you are finished brushing, rinse out the bristles with warm water to keep them clean. If you’ve been sick, always change out your toothbrush as soon as possible. If you are using an electric toothbrush, be sure to check the directions, they might specify how often to change it out.
What is a cavity?
A cavity is a small hole that forms inside the tooth because of tooth decay. Cavities form when plaque buildup on the outside of the tooth combines with sugars and starches in the food you eat, which produces an acid that eats away the enamel on your tooth. Learn more about cavities and the fillings we provide here.
How can I prevent cavities?
Brush your teeth at least twice a day
Spend two to three minutes brushing your teeth
Don’t brush too hard; it takes little pressure to remove bacteria and plaque
Floss at least once a day
Watch the amount of sugar you are consuming. Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out with water after you eat fruit, peanut butter or something sweet to keep sugars off the bacteria in your mouth