Is Flossing Necessary If I Brush My Teeth Twice Daily?
Brushing regularly (at least 2 times per day) is highly recommended. But brushing alone won’t get to all areas of the teeth, especially in those hard-to-reach places, and that is why flossing is so important as part of your oral care habits. Areas where the toothbrush can’t reach can be cleaned far better with floss, removing food particles and other debris that can cause tooth decay and cavities.
Every time you brush your teeth, take time to also floss between your teeth to make the most out of your oral hygiene routine. If you need tips on flossing properly, your dentist can show you how it’s done during your general examination.
What Can I Do To Ward Off Cavities?
Practicing good oral hygiene and watching what you eat are at the core of a cavity-free mouth. Brush at least 2 times per day, floss thoroughly, and see your dentist for your twice-yearly checkups and professional in-depth cleanings. Remember to avoid sugary food, and brush soon after eating when possible.
If I Do Not Have Any Issues With My Teeth, Do I Need To See My Dentist For My Twice-Yearly Checkups?
Being proactive is important when it comes to your oral health. You may not have any noticeable issues with your teeth or gums, but something may be developing that is not evident to you right away. Your dentist can assess your overall oral health and address any concerns before they become troublesome. Plus, you will get your professional cleaning, X-rays, treatments, and so forth, as needed to maintain proper oral hygiene.
Why Are My Teeth Not As White As I Would Like Them To Be?
Teeth can lose their luster for a number of reasons. One that we simply can’t control is age. Teeth will naturally get duller over the years – it is just a fact of life. Other reasons teeth are not as white as we’d like can be due to what we eat and drink.
Some foods and drinks to avoid or cut back on include chocolate, coffee, dark tea, red wine, dark berries, and tomato-based sauces. Tobacco use and certain medications (ask your doctor or pharmacist) can cause staining/graying and discoloration of the teeth as well. Teeth whitening in-office or at home can restore your teeth to a bright white shade that dazzles. Ask about our teeth whitening options the next time you’re in the office.
Why Do I Need X-Rays During My Dental Exams?
During your general exam, we will administer X-rays. This is a critical part of your exam so we can see if you have any abnormalities or issues of concern. We can check for cracks that are not visible to the naked eye, for example, as well as the preliminary stages of cavities developing.
Areas of bone beneath the surface can be viewed, so we can check on the structure of your jaw and roots. X-rays are relatively quick to administer and painless, and they are done safely with minimal exposure.
Should I Be Concerned About Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Periodontal issues are not to be taken lightly. Bacteria can cause infection due to inflammation and irritation in the pockets between the teeth and the gums. During your dental checkup, we will remove any plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth which can lead to gum problems. If left untreated, you may experience gum recession or even tooth loss.
If you are feeling any tenderness or pain in your gums, see any signs of swelling or bleeding of the gums, or have other concerns about your gums, book an appointment with us outside your general checkups to get treated as soon as possible.
I Am Afraid To Go To The Dentist. Do You Offer Sedation Dentistry?
It is not uncommon to have fears related to your dental visit, although we take care of our patients as we would our own loved ones. That said, if your apprehension is preventing you from booking an appointment, your oral health is at risk. We offer safe sedation dentistry to make you more comfortable and at ease in the dentist’s chair.
From nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to general anesthesia, we will choose an option that suits your situation. Your dental exam or procedure will be far less frightening, and we will be able to get the job done without issue or interruption. You’ll be in good hands and you won’t have any worries.
Are You Available In The Case Of A Dental Emergency?
If you experience an accident or another unforeseen scenario that leads to a cracked or knocked out tooth, a gum injury, or the like, we are here to help. If you are in pain and need immediate assistance, call our office at 614-350-3823 and we will guide you as to what to do and if you need to come in right away.