The are a lot of common questions dentists are asked and to us as dental professionals the answers may seem obvious as after all this is our job and we talk about teeth and gums every day at work. But for you and our patients a trip to the dentist can be stressful and confusing with all the lingo and information that you receive. So to make it simple we decided to answer the 15 common questions dentists are asked.
We have compiled a list of 15 of the most common oral health questions we get asked so you can better understand and maintain good oral health essential for overall health and well-being.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time, using good quality toothpaste. You should make sure you brush all of your teeth, inside, outside, top, and along the gums.
You should floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime, to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth. Make sure you run the floss at the base of each tooth when you are flossing between each tooth.
No, as hard-bristled toothbrushes can damage your tooth enamel and gums. It’s best to use a soft-bristled brush. For an even more effective brushing experience, you should consider an electric toothbrush. If you are not sure what brush is best for you, you should consult with your dentist.
You should change your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles become frayed. Another time you should consider changing your toothbrush is after you recover from an illness, like cold or flu.
Mouthwash can help freshen breath and kill bacteria, but it’s not a substitute for brushing and flossing. It’s best to use mouthwash after brushing and flossing. To effectively use mouthwash, you should swish it around your mouth for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out, then rinse.
Brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent bad breath. You can also try using a tongue scraper and eating foods that have a natural deodorising effect such as apples and celery.
Most people should visit the dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and check-up. However, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits depending on your oral health. You should also see your dentist if you have pain, bleeding, or other oral health emergencies in your mouth like a broken tooth.
A cavity is a hole in your tooth caused by tooth decay. It’s important to get cavities treated promptly to prevent further damage to your teeth. If caught early, your dentist may be able to help you reverse the damage.
Brushing and flossing regularly, reducing sugary and acidic foods in your diet, and visiting the dentist regularly can all help prevent cavities.
Teeth whitening is safe when performed by a dentist or hygienist using industry-standard methods. Interested in using over-the-counter whitening products over professional teeth whitening? At-home teeth whitening can also be effective but should be used with caution. If you have questions about a product, consult your dentist, and always use as directed. Trying to accelerate whitening can lead to issues like discoloration or tooth damage.
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors, including tooth decay, gum disease, and teeth grinding. Your dentist can recommend treatments such as desensitizing toothpaste or fluoride gel to help relieve sensitivity. If you are grinding your teeth, your dentist may make you a mouthguard or work with an orthodontist to adjust the positioning of your teeth.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can cause inflammation, bleeding, and even tooth loss if left untreated. It’s important to visit your dentist if you notice any signs of gum disease.
Brushing and flossing regularly, eating a balanced diet, and visiting the dentist regularly can all help prevent gum disease. If you show signs of gum disease, your dentist will work with you on a treatment plan, or in the worst case try to surgically repair your gums and jaw.
A root canal is a procedure used to treat an infected or damaged tooth by removing the pulp and nerve and sealing the tooth. The benefit of this treatment is that your dentist will be able to treat the infection and reduce or eliminate your pain. Unfortunately, root canals also will often lead to crowns to protect your remaining tooth and provide the right shape and spacing in your mouth.
Your dentist can recommend a variety of cosmetic treatments to help improve your smile, including teeth whitening, veneers, and orthodontic treatment. Most importantly, practice proper oral hygiene and maintain your semi-annual dental cleaning schedule.
By understanding the answers to some of the most common oral health questions and answers, you can take better care of your teeth and gums. Following through on these best practices and maintaining a good relationship with your dentist will help ensure that you maintain good oral health for years to come. Remember to always consult with a dental professional for any concerns or questions you may have.
If you would like to build a relationship with a trusted dental office, contact us at Evolve Dental Brisbane Dentist today. Our friendly staff would be happy to answer any of your questions and help you enjoy your best smile. 07 3720 1811
Rachel is the founder and principal dentist at Evolve Dental Healing with over 30 years experience, practising holistically since 2001. Not your typical dentist, Rachel is a passionate opinion leader, challenging convention to empower people to make better dental and health choices, helping thousands to have healthy natural smiles. A respected writer and presenter on holistic dentistry, health and wellness it is Rachel’s mission to revolutionise the way people look at their dental health.