Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?
A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums.
Sonic toothbrushes with a timer and pressure warning are excellent in controlling 'overburshing' and maintaining your dental health. Regular use can also make your trip to get your teeth cleaned much more pleasant. It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?
A: Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use a toothpaste containing flouride to decrease the occurance of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.
Q: How often should I floss?
A: Flossing once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.
Q: What’s the difference between a “bridge” and a “partial denture”?
A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
Q: Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?
A: Not necessarily. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal. Dr. Blackmon will evaluate based on each patient's needs.
Of course even if you do need a root canal - dentistry has come a long way! Root canals earned a bad reputation decades ago that no longer applies.
Q: What can I do about bad breath?
A: Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, it’s an unpleasant condition that’s cause for embarrassment. Some people with bad breath aren’t even aware there’s a problem. If you don’t brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which causes bad breath. Food that collects between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums can cause damage, leaving an unpleasant odor and worsening dental problems. If you’re concerned about bad breath, come in to see us. Dr. Blackmon can identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to help control or even eliminate it.
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Oak Park Dental
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Troy, AL 36079
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