You only get one smile, so it’s important to protect its vitality. A good home regiment and regular checkups will help keep teeth and gums healthy. Understanding what causes dental problems will allow you to make the best choices for your smile. The following questions and answers provide valuable information about maximizing your oral care.
Why do people lose teeth?
The most frequent reasons for tooth loss are cavities and gum, or periodontal, disease. Usually, cavities contribute to tooth loss in kids, while gum disease is the number one factor for adult tooth loss.
Do I really have to floss?
The common answer among dentists is that you only have to floss the teeth you want to keep. Brushing alone won’t get between teeth. When you don’t floss, bacteria and food can irritate gum tissue and lead to gum disease if not addressed.
Can I do anything to prevent plaque?
Not only do you need to brush and floss regularly, but you should ask your dentist about sealants and fluoride applications. Often thought to be only necessary for younger patients, sealants and fluoride offer extra protection for your oral health.
What kind of toothpaste should I use?
Whether you prefer whitening options or toothpaste for sensitive teeth, it really doesn’t really matter. Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride, and carefully brush for about 3 minutes, or the length of a song.
Is it better to use a manual or electronic toothbrush?
In reality, the most important thing about your toothbrush is that you use it correctly at least twice a day. Research shows that both manual and electric toothbrushes will remove plaque and bacteria.
Dr. Thanos is a family and cosmetic dentist in Weston Florida. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.