At Legacy Dental Clinic, our dentists and dental staff frequently receive questions from patients about dental care and hygiene. Below are some of the questions we hear most often.
Do you doubt which is the best toothbrush to use? We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head that fits comfortably into your mouth. The bristles should be angled for easy access to all areas of the mouth, but they should not be so sharp that they damage your gums or tooth enamel. As far as toothpaste goes, choose a formula that contains fluoride for maximum protection against cavities. Most dentists prefer you use a soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoride-containing toothpaste at least twice a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Ask our dentist if you need additional help choosing the right toothbrush for you.
Gums that bleed are caused by inflamed or irritated gum tissue. Gum diseases and other infections, trauma, and ill-fitting dental appliances are all possible causes of bleeding gums. Other reasons are seen as poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, certain medications, and pregnancy.
Bleeding gums are a common problem. Sometimes this may occur while flossing, brushing, or using a toothpick to remove food particles between teeth. This one would heal soon, but if it doesn't, then you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
When X-rays are administered correctly, they are completely safe. There are many benefits to having diagnostic X-rays taken. They allow the dentist to see what is happening underneath the visible surfaces of your teeth, such as any hidden cavities or potential bone loss. They also help your dentist see the condition of your jawbone. Without an X-ray, a dentist cannot see much more than the outline of your smile. Additionally, since X-ray images can help detect small issues early, they can help you prevent major problems, like a toothache or severe infection that may require emergency dental care!
Some patients are concerned about radiation, but modern treatments use very low doses of radiation. In fact, digital imaging reduces radiation exposure by as much as 90 percent compared to traditional film-based X-rays.
Dental sealants are a protective coating that's applied to your teeth to protect them from decay and cavities. They can help prevent tooth decay in areas that are difficult to clean using conventional brushing alone.
It's best to use dental sealants for children because it's a quick and easy way to protect the teeth of younger children who may not be able to properly brush and care for their teeth on their own yet. If you're an adult that suffers from tooth decay and wants to protect your teeth with dental sealants, speak with your dentist about this option to see if it's right for you. Your dentist can examine your teeth and recommend the appropriate treatment option for your needs.
The best way to whiten your teeth is with professional teeth whitening treatments. They can brighten your smile by up to eight shades in a single visit. The treatment works by using hydrogen peroxide to break down the stains on your teeth. It's not able to remove the natural tooth color underneath, but it can lighten your shade dramatically. Over-the-counter products contain a lower level of peroxide than professional treatments do, so they aren't able to work as quickly. Patients often find that the use of an at-home kit combined with in-office whitening can make the process quicker overall.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are custom-made to fit over the front of your teeth. They are commonly used if you have teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, misaligned, or have small gaps between your teeth. Veneers can help make your smile look more uniform and feel great at the same time! Sometimes veneers are the best way to improve your smile.
It's important to keep in mind that although veneers are a great cosmetic option, they are not intended to treat certain underlying needs like cavities or gum disease. You should consult with your dentist to make sure you are a good candidate for veneers. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to make sure there are no underlying conditions that need to be treated first. If needed, the dentist will refer you to another doctor to treat any conditions prior to placing your veneers.
Yes! Fluoride is a mineral that helps your teeth stay healthy and strong. Fluoride is a mineral that is found in small amounts in many types of food and water, as well as in toothpaste and mouth rinses. When used correctly, it can help prevent tooth and root decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque and sugars. It can also reverse early signs of tooth decay in some cases – without fillings.
Of course! Flossing helps remove food that gets trapped where the toothbrush can't reach - between the teeth and below the gum line. If it's not removed regularly, it can cause plaque buildup that can lead to cavities and even gum disease. Even if your teeth are perfectly aligned, you should still floss daily to prevent decay from forming. It only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in your oral health over time!