FAQs for the Dentist
What type of toothbrush should I use?
Toothbrushes with soft bristles are less likely to damage teeth and gums. Electric toothbrushes can be more effective at cleaning your teeth, unless you use a manual toothbrush properly and with good technique.
Do I really need to floss?
Flossing regularly clears food and plaque from between your teeth and under the gumline. If you don’t floss, plaque can harden into tartar, which forms wedges and widens space between teeth and gums.
Does a rinse or mouthwash help?
Mouthwashes can be useful for cavity protection, sensitivity, and fresh breath. However, it must be used with regular brushing and flossing. Kids under 6 shouldn’t use mouthwash to avoid the chance of them swallowing it.
Why do I need dental exams?
Regular dental exams help spot trouble early to prevent bigger and more costly treatments later. You should get an exam every 6 months, or more often if your dentist recommends it.
Are dental x-rays safe?
Today’s digital x-rays release much less radiation and are safer than in the past. X-rays can be used to diagnose a special problem or to check tooth and gum health.
What’s the best way to whiten my teeth?
While many stores sell whitening products, they’re not as strong as procedures done in a dental office. Check with your dentist for advice before you buy, especially if you have dental work or dark stains. Don’t use them constantly, as they could damage your teeth.
How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?
If you’re enthusiastic about brushing your teeth, your children will also be enthusiastic. Children want to do the things their parents do, so if they see you brushing your teeth and displaying good dental habits, they will follow. All children should see the dentist by their first birthday or 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth.
How can I prevent cavities?
Brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes twice a day, and floss at least once a day. By following good dental habits and watching the amount of sugar you eat, it’s easier to avoid cavities.
How can pregnancy affect my dental health?
About half of pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis, which can cause swelling, bleeding, redness, or tenderness in the gum tissue. If left untreated, a more advanced gum infection called periodontal disease could occur and may affect the health of your baby.
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