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.

How often should you brush your teeth?

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.

How often should you floss your teeth?

You should floss at least once a day.

What type of tooth brush is best?

A soft tooth brush is always best.

What type of floss is best?

Depending on your dentition and gingival health your choice of floss may differ from another persons preference.

What type of toothpaste (dentifrice) is best?

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.

What type of mouthwash is best?

There are three main types of mouthwashes. They include, Fluoridated for cavity protection, antiseptic for gingivitis prevention and breath fresheners.

Is it normal for your gums to bleed when you brush and floss?

Bleeding of the gums (gingiva) is an indication gingivitis is present.

How often should you have an exam?

At least once a year.

How often should you have your teeth cleaned?

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.

Why do you need radiographs (x-rays)?

Radiographs are used for diagnostic purposes so that the dentist is able to check for decay or any abnormalities that may be present.

How often do you need x-rays?

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.

How old should your child be before their first exam and cleaning?

The first visit is recommended by the age of three.

What is an abscess?

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.

Will an abscess go away by its self?

No, please see a dentist immediately. It is an infection.

What is a root canal?

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.
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