- Q. Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned regularly?
- Q. How can I choose the best toothbrush?
- Q. Do I really need to floss, or is brushing enough?
- Q. Why do I need to get dental X-rays?
- Q. What can I do to protect my teeth from cavities?
- Q. What’s the best way to keep up with my oral health?
- Q. I need crowns, but I don’t have a lot of free time. Do I need to make multiple appointments?
- Q. Do over-the-counter teeth whitening products work?
- Q. Is there a way to fix the gaps between my teeth without braces?
- Q. I have dentures. Why do I need to visit the dentist?
Q. Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned regularly?
A. Even if you brush your teeth after each meal, you can still miss some patches of plaque. When these patches go unnoticed, they can harden into tartar and present a real threat to your teeth. Getting your teeth cleaned twice annually scrubs away plaque and tartar before they become major problems, and your dentist can examine your teeth and gums for other issues, too.
Q. How can I choose the best toothbrush?
A. Either a manual or electric toothbrush can keep your teeth clean and bright if you use it right and brush your teeth regularly. Make sure the head of your toothbrush is small enough to fit comfortably in your mouth and that it can reach all of your teeth easily. You can choose between soft, medium, or hard bristles, but we usually recommend soft bristles to scrub away plaque without irritating your gums.
Q. Do I really need to floss, or is brushing enough?
A. In a word, yes! Flossing is an incredibly important part of good dental hygiene. It frees teeth of pieces of food and breaks up plaque that you just can’t get to with a toothbrush, and it prevents cavities between the teeth where your toothbrush won’t reach. Research estimates that brushing only removes about 60% of the bacteria from your teeth. You need floss to reach the other 40%!
Q. Why do I need to get dental X-rays?
A. Problems with your gums and teeth set in over time. They aren’t always noticeable to the naked eye, and you usually won’t feel them until a significant amount of damage has been done. With a full set of X-rays, we can diagnose oral and dental health issues early and recommend treatments to get your dental health back on track quickly and easily. We also use X-rays to track the changes in your teeth over time.
Q. What can I do to protect my teeth from cavities?
A. Good dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will go a long way to preventing cavities. Simply brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash in the evenings will prevent most cavities. You can also prevent cavities by eating a healthy diet and avoiding sugary foods and beverages. Sealants and other treatments at the dentist’s office can also help prevent cavities.
Q. What’s the best way to keep up with my oral health?
A. Practice consistently good dental hygiene habits and visit your dentist for a cleaning and exam at least twice a year. If you have trouble remembering to brush and/or floss your teeth, set yourself an alarm on your phone for the morning and evening when it’s time to take care of your teeth, or you can tape a note to the mirror in your bathroom with a quick reminder. Before you know it, you’ll be in the habit, and your teeth will thank you!
Q. I need crowns, but I don’t have a lot of free time. Do I need to make multiple appointments?
No, you don’t. With CEREC crowns, we’re able to perform single-appointment crown services. You won’t have to make multiple appointments, and you won’t have to wear a temporary crown until your permanent crown is made. Give us a call today at 925-391-2718
to learn about attractive crowns that you can get in just one visit.
Q. Do over-the-counter teeth whitening products work?
A. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products may lighten your teeth by a shade or two, but they are not very effective at all. Furthermore, the generic trays you get with some of these kits are “one size fits all,” which means they’re usually oversized and can leave your gums exposed to whitening gel, which can be very harmful. For the best results, visit our office for professional teeth whitening. We’ll make custom trays for you, provide you with quality whitening gel, and you can whiten your teeth with a system that really works in the comfort of your home.
Q. Is there a way to fix the gaps between my teeth without braces?
A. Yes, there is. In fact, you have a few choices when it comes to fixing the shape and/or alignment of your teeth without braces. Crowns, bonding, and veneers all offer options to cover your teeth and reshape them if they are broken, gapped, or uneven. You may also want to look into Invisalign, which uses a series of custom-made trays to realign your teeth and give you a straight, beautiful smile.
Q. I have dentures. Why do I need to visit the dentist?
A. The comfort and stability of your dentures depends a great deal on the health of your gums. Regular visits allow us to examine your periodontal health, check for sore or irritated spots, and screen for oral cancer. Plus, regular care will also help increase the longevity of your dentures and keep you feeling more comfortable and happier with your smile.