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General Dentistry FAQs

What type of toothbrush should I use?

A soft bristle toothbrush is adequate for gentle cleaning the teeth and gums.  It is recommended to brush twice daily for two minutes each time. Electric or manual toothbrushes are equally effective with proper brushing technique. Click Order button next to the service you want to purchase and leave your contacts in a follow-up form. We will get in touch with you shortly to clarify all the details.

Is flossing necessary?

Dental floss is used to clean in between the teeth and underneath the gums in which a toothbrush cannot.  The most common types of cavities form in between teeth due to tartar buildup. Cavities can be prevented by just simply flossing at least once a day, especially before bedtime.

Are dental x-rays needed and are they safe?

It is recommended to get x-rays taken to diagnose cavities or other teeth related conditions that the naked eye cannot see.  Dentists typically require x-rays at your first visit and again every 9-12 months.  Dental x-rays emit very low radiation and are considered safe for children and adults with little potential for harmful effects.  Knowing so, dentists try to avoid prescribing x-rays as much as possible.

What causes cavities?

Consuming sugary foods and beverages produces acid in the mouth that work with the plaque to break down the protective minerals in your teeth.  Every time you have a sugary snack, your teeth become vulnerable to damage for about 20 minutes.  Lack of brushing and flossing regularly will allow these acids to break down the enamel and eventually form holes in your teeth known as cavities.

How do I know if I have cavities?

The most common symptom of teeth cavities is pain and/or sensitivity especially when having hot or cold food or drinks. You may also notice pits in your teeth, in which some are only visible in dental x-rays.  For more serious conditions, pus may appear around the affected tooth.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Normally it is suggested to revisit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and professional cleaning.  However, everyone is different, and some will have to visit more frequently.  For example, those who have gum disease are usually scheduled to return every 3-4 months.  During a check-up, the dentist looks for cavities, tooth mobility, gum recession, and any potentially dangerous oral abnormalities.

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