Have some questions on your mind? Below are some of the most common questions our patients ask us, as well as our answers.
To keep your teeth and gums healthy, twice a day is the minimum amount you should brush.
Using a soft-bristled brush so as not to cause any damage to the enamel or gums, hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gumline. Move the brush gently in short back and forth strokes or in circles. Do this for at least two minutes and ensure you give equal attention to all tooth surfaces.
Take 18 inches of floss and wind it around your middle wingers, pinching the floss between your thumb and forefinger. Guide the floss between your teeth, taking it all the way to the gumline. Take the floss up and down until you have managed to remove all debris. Repeat between all teeth.
Plaque is bacteria that naturally grows on your teeth. However, if it is not brushed and flossed away, it can become solid in as little as 48 hours, which then allow tartar and cavities to form. Proper hygiene prevents this.
It is an infection of the gums, which can progress to the bones of the jaw if left untreated. When plaque builds up and hardens, it becomes tartar, which then harbors infection and breaks down the natural tissues of the gums and bones. In its advanced stages, it can cause significant pain, tooth loss, and bones loss.
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Pus between the gums and teeth
- Loose teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together
- A change in the way your dentures fit
The best way to prevent it is through proper hygiene that you practice thoroughly and consistently.
While improper hygiene can cause yellowing, it is usually due to the enamel wearing down over time. The yellow you see is the core tissue of our teeth.
For the best results, you want professional whitening through a dental office. We offer in-office and at-home options.
It can last from one to three years, and we can perform touch up service for you.
Take a look at your diet to make sure certain foods are not triggering it. Practice quality daily hygiene and focus on your tongue. Be sure you see us for professional cleanings at least twice a year.