Sometimes we are asked questions about common dental care, and things you can do to improve your dental health. Here are some tips, and FAQ for you to review.
It is recommended to brush after every meal, but you should be brushing at least once in the morning and once before you go to bed.
You should floss at least once a day.
A soft tooth brush is always best.
Depending on your dentition and gingival health your choice of floss may differ from another persons preference.
As long as the brand of toothpaste is ADA approved it is okay to use. If you have a preference on which type of toothpaste to use there is cavity protection, whitening, anti-sensitivity and toothpastes even for the prevention gingivitis.
There are three main types of mouthwashes. They include, Fluoridated for cavity protection, antiseptic for gingivitis prevention and breath fresheners.
Bleeding of the gums (gingiva) is an indication gingivitis is present.
At least once a year.
Everyone is different but most people need to have their teeth cleaned every six months. If you have gingivitis or periodontal disease this could mean more frequent visits.
Radiographs are used for diagnostic purposes so that the dentist is able to check for decay or any abnormalities that may be present.
Bitewings or check-up x-rays are usually due once a year in conjunction with a visual exam and a full mouth series and panoramic x-rays are due every three to five years.
The first visit is recommended by the age of three.
An abscess is an infection in the nerve of the tooth that spreads all the way to the tip of the roots. This may or may not include symptoms such as swelling and pain. An x-ray (radiograph) is necessary in order to diagnose an abcessed tooth.
No, please see a dentist immediately. It is an infection.
A root canal is when the dentist removes the infected nerve tissue from the roots of the tooth and places a filling at the tip of the roots, sealing the tooth off from any further infection.