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Your mouth is an important part of your body, and it requires regular maintenance to stay healthy and function at its best. Taking care of your mouth is more than just brushing and flossing. Many patients have questions about the best ways to take care of their mouths. Sunnyside Dentistry is here to help.
Why Do I Need to Go to the Dentist Regularly?
Even if you brush and floss daily, routine dental cleanings and exams are essential. Cleanings allow us to eliminate all buildup from your teeth, including plaque that may have calcified into tartar. We are also able to clean the areas of your mouth that you cannot effectively clean on your own. This helps to prevent serious issues from developing. Exams are essential for detecting the presence of oral health issues in their earliest stages so that we can help you to get the treatment you need to prevent more serious complications.
How Important is Flossing if I Brush Twice a Day?
Even if you brush twice a day, you should still floss at least once a day. Flossing is essential for cleaning the spaces between your teeth, where the bristles of your toothbrush are unable to reach. Flossing removes stuck debris, bacteria, and plaque, helping to prevent the formation of cavities between your teeth.
What Type of Toothbrush and Toothpaste Should I Use?
The ADA recommends using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Make sure that the head is comfortable for your mouth and easy for you to handle. As for toothpaste, you have probably noticed that there is a wide array to choose from. It is recommended to use a fluoridated toothpaste to help keep your teeth strong and healthy. You can also select toothpaste for certain issues. For instance, whitening toothpaste can help with minor surface stains while a sensitivity toothpaste can help those with sensitive teeth.
What are the Signs That Something is Wrong?
There are many signs that will let you know that something is not quite right with your mouth. These signs include:
Are X-Rays Necessary?
X-rays are an integral component of dental exams. These images allow us to see the hidden areas of your mouth, including the spaces between your teeth and the areas under your gums. They allow us to spot issues that we might not otherwise be able to see, allowing for an accurate diagnosis of oral health issues. With an accurate diagnosis, we can provide you with a much more effective treatment plan.
Is Fluoride That Important?
Fluoride is an essential element in your teeth that provides the enamel with strength and allows your teeth to effectively defend against the acid attacks that cause decay. You lose fluoride every day through a process called demineralization. Fluoride can also be replaced. It can be found in trace amounts in certain foods, treated tap water, and fluoridated oral care products. Getting enough fluoride is essential for helping to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
When Should My Child Come In?
Many parents are confused as to when their child should first come in for their first appointment. It is recommended children be seen six months after their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday. Staring your child early helps them to grow accustomed to our office so that they feel comfortable coming in.
Other Than Brushing and Flossing, How Can I Help My Child Prevent Cavities?
There are a few additional protective measures we can provide your child with to help prevent cavities. One is fluoride treatments. These are simple applications of a fluoride gel, which are provided following a dental cleaning. We can also help to protect the chewing surfaces of their molars with sealants.
Why Does My Medical History Matter?
Your medical history is essential for allowing us to provide you with optimal care. Certain health issues can affect the treatments you can receive. Additionally, oral health issues can exacerbate some conditions. With a complete medical history, we can help you maintain optimal oral health in the safest way possible.
Do you still have questions or concerns? We can help! Call Sunnyside Dentistry today at (503) 451-5104.