Oral Hygiene

1. Do I really have to brush 3 times a day?

It is best to brush your teeth often so as not to allow food debris trapped in the grooves or between teeth to stay there for long. Be sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth, as well as around the necks at the gum line. It is important to brush correctly. Brushing three times a day inadequately won’t do anything.

2. What kind of toothbrush should I use? And when do I change my toothbrush?

A good toothbrush is made of soft, rounded nylon bristles. A smaller head may help reach the back teeth better. One should change their toothbrush once the bristles become splayed or worn, usually after three months.

3. Why do I need to see a dentist every 6 months?

Frequent dental visits help keep you cavity free. Regular tooth cleaning removes debris and “tartar” that build up on the teeth that irritate the gums and cause tooth decay. The dentist can also detect any developing condition early so steps to remedy them can be started immediately.

4. Do I need to floss my teeth? Isn’t brushing enough? What about my tongue, do I need to brush it too?

Flossing is very important in removing debris between teeth. Unfortunately, brushing is not enough because the bristles of the toothbrush are not able to go between the teeth. You must also keep your tongue clean. A tongue scraper is an effective tool in removing bacteria from the back of your tongue and helps control bad breath.

5. How can I make sure I maintain my teeth to be cavity free?

Brushing effectively at least twice a day and flossing at night reduces plaque and food debris that causes cavities. Make sure you receive adequate amounts of fluoride from toothpastes, water, or food that contain fluoride. Beware of frequent snacking as it exposes your teeth to acid attack. Finally, see your dentist regularly.