Asking questions is an excellent way to find out more information about some of your most pressing dental health concerns. However, some people are too shy to ask questions or may not even visit their dentist often enough to ask them! Here, our professionals answer some of your most important questions that could affect your oral health care.
Can I Get by with Brushing Once a Day?
Yes, provided you’re brushing correctly and at the right time. Brushing every tooth surface and even your tongue is important. The best time to brush is first thing in the morning. Although brushing twice a day is certainly recommended to keep plaque away, once a day is better than not at all!
Are My Silver Amalgam Fillings Dangerous?
Unfortunately, yes, they can be. Over 50% of these fillings are made of mercury, which can actually escape into the mouth and the body, causing adverse health effects and even disease. If you have silver fillings, talk to your dentist about replacing them, especially if you grind your teeth or drink hot beverages often.
Is Flossing Really That Important?
You bet it is! Flossing helps you clean every tooth surface, not just the ones you can reach with your brush. In fact, it’s been estimated that you’re missing about 40% of your mouth when you skip flossing. All you need is once a day to remove plaque and experience the benefits!
I’m Too Old for Braces, Right?
Nope. As long as your teeth are healthy, you’re likely a candidate for braces or Invisalign. There’s no time limit for getting your smile fixed. Whether you have an overbite, crooked teeth, or just want your smile to be a little straighter, talk to your dentist about recommending an orthodontist who can discuss how to make your smile its best.
Does My Baby Really Need to See the Dentist?
Absolutely. Children are more prone to tooth decay now than ever before. We recommend that babies see the dentist right around the time that their first tooth comes in, which is right around their first birthday. Your children’s baby teeth set the stage for their adult teeth, so their placement in the mouth is important. We can help you set your child up for dental care success for life! Getting your child used to the dentist will also save you lots of work later.
What Type of Toothbrush and Toothpaste Do You Recommend?
For your toothbrush, choose one with soft bristles. Hard bristles and hard brushing can damage teeth more than you think—they can actually remove enamel over time, therefore increasing your risk for tooth decay. For toothpaste, it really doesn’t matter as long as you’re using it!
We hope this helped to answer some of your most common questions about oral health care. Keeping your smile healthy and bright is simple—just brush, floss, and visit your oral health care professional. They can help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease and keep you smiling for life!