FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes! Flossing removes the bacterial plaque that accumulates between your teeth. Brushing alone cannot remove this. Over time this remaining bacteria can cause decay between your teeth.
You should brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2-3 minutes. Create a routine and always try to begin and end in the same area of your mouth so you can ensure every part has been brushed. Unfortunately, most Americans only their teeth brush for 45-60 seconds and that is just not enough. There are many new mechanical toothbrushes out there with built in timers to help you brush for the proper length of time.
Mouthwash is fine if you like that fresh feeling in your mouth. However, try to use an alcohol free mouthwash if possible because mouthwashes that contain alcohol can dry out the lining of your mouth and decrease saliva flow. Both of these symptoms can contribute to increased bacterial growth and lessen natural defenses in the mouth.
It does not matter which brand of toothpaste you use as long as it contains fluoride. Choose a toothpaste that has a pleasant flavor for you.
Rinse your mouth with water after a meal or snack to neutralize acid and reduce bacteria by 30%. Also, chewing sugarless gum or gum containing xylotol can decrease the incidence of decay.
Not entirely. Whitening toothpastes will reverse the effects of some surface stains, but will not change the actual shade of the teeth. The change is usually minimal.
There is some evidence that over-the-counter bleaching products do whiten teeth. However, these products are usually not used under the supervision of your dentist and there may be potential problems. These problems may need attention prior to using the whitening products. Additionally, the trays usually sold with these products do not fit as well as those that are custom made by your dentist. As a result, damage to your gums and teeth may occur.
Ulcers are very difficult to treat. They can occur as a result of trauma or may develop from a viral source. Depending on the cause, there are specific medications that can shorten their duration. Left alone, ulcers will generally disappear in two weeks.
Bad breath, or “halitosis”, can be caused by many things. The most common cause is the presence of bacteria in your mouth and on your tongue. This bacteria produces odorous compounds. In some cases, bad breath can originate from gastrointestinal origin.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria (plaque) in your mouth that react to sugary and starchy deposits on your teeth from the food you eat. This reaction produces acid, which damages the enamel over time and weakens the tooth.
Cold sensitivity can be due to a number of reasons. Some people are just generally more sensitive to temperature changes. Other causes may be: recession of the gum tissue, abrasions of the teeth, large metal restorations, or decay. Treatments for this condition can include fillings, fluoride applications, or the use of desensitizing toothpastes.
Your gums bleed as a result of inflammation caused by the presence of bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria, when not properly cleaned off your teeth, will result in an irritation of the gum tissue. This irritation is called gingivitis and will result in red, puffy, and bleeding gums. Gone untreated, it can progress into periodontal disease.