General Dentistry FAQ

Do you have questions about your dental health?  Check our frequently asked questions below to get quick answers to your questions.  Feel free to ask one of our experts any additional questions at your next visit.

Is there one type of toothpaste that is better than others?

Generally, there isn't a big difference. We do recommend you use a toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease the chances of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride. We highly encourage our patients stay away from abrasive whitening toothpastes which can damage enamel.

How often should I brush my teeth?

Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

Additional Brushing Tips:

  • Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
  • Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
  • Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria, and freshen your breath.

Does brushing your tongue help with bad breath?

The tongue is a common location for the bacteria that cause bad breath. Brushing your tongue should be part of your overall routine to help remove bacteria from all areas of the mouth – not just your teeth. Be sure to consult your dental professional if you continue to have chronic bad breath.

Do root canals hurt?

In general, root canals shouldn’t hurt. A person needs a root canal when the nerve tissue in the pulp (center) of a tooth becomes decayed and needs to be removed. The procedure is a two-visit process. First, the pulp is removed. On the second visit, a crown is placed over the tooth. About 95% of root canals are successful in saving the tooth.

Is brushing alone enough to get rid of my bad plaque problem?

Both brushing and flossing are important to help remove plaque buildup, as brushing alone won’t get under the gum line and between teeth like flossing can. You may want to consider buying a power toothbrush and using an anti-plaque toothpaste or rinse.

How can I keep my mouth clean when I can’t brush?

Rinsing with a therapeutic mouth rinse is one option. If that’s not possible, rinse for at least 30 seconds with water. And have a pack of sugarless gum handy. Chewing helps generate more saliva, which is your natural defense against bacteria. It can help cleanse the mouth until you can brush.