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Three times a dayQ: What can I expect from a regular cleaning appointment?

  • Removal of plaque and tartar
  • Stain removal
  • Polishing of fillings or crowns
  • If requested by an adult, fluoride application
  • Any child routinely receives fluoride application, and, if necessary placement of sealants

Q: What is the Best Technique for Brushing?

A: There are a number of effective brushing techniques. Please check with us to determine which technique is best for you, since tooth position and gum condition vary. One easy-to-remember, effective technique uses a circular or elliptical motion to brush a couple of teeth at a time, gradually covering your entire mouth. Try placing a toothbrush beside your teeth at a 45-degree angle and gently brush your teeth in an elliptical motion. Brush the outside of your teeth, the inside of your teeth, your tongue, the chewing surfaces and between your teeth. Try to avoid using a back-and-forth motion as it causes the gum surface to recede, which can expose the root surface or make the root surface tender while wearing down the gum line.

Q: Why should I floss?

A: Flossing your teeth daily increases your chance of keeping your teeth throughout your life and decreases your chance of developing gum disease or tooth decay. Flossing is the most important weapon against plaque, perhaps more important than toothbrushing. When you visit us, we can show you proper flossing technique.

Q: Is the treatment for children the same as for adults?

A: Treatment varies between adults and children since the adult mouth has finished growing. Special care is given to children who may be anxious about seeing a dentist.

Q: Can you fix a missing tooth?

A: In many cases, we can rehabilitate your tooth using a dental crown, a dental bridge or a dental implant.

Q: How does tooth decay begin and how can it be prevented?

A: Tooth decay is caused by two main factors:

  • Eating sweets. This can be stopped by reducing carbohydrates and sugar
  • Letting bacteria or food remain too long on the teeth. This can be stopped by properly brushing and flossing your teeth before bedtime.

It is possible to prevent dental caries by observing good dental hygiene habits, eating healthy, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

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