Does flossing really help?

Flossing helps by reducing bacteria in your mouth. Flossing also gets those hard to reach areas in your mouth that your toothbrush simply cannot reach. If you do not floss, plaque can accumulate in between your teeth and eventually turn into tartar. Flossing prevents the beginning stages of cavities. Take time to floss at least once a day to remove any food debris from your teeth. 

Does flossing really help?

Flossing helps by reducing bacteria in your mouth. Flossing also gets those hard to reach areas in your mouth that your toothbrush simply cannot reach. If you do not floss, plaque can accumulate in between your teeth and eventually turn into tartar. Flossing prevents the beginning stages of cavities. Take time to floss at least once a day to remove any food debris from your teeth. 

How can I prevent cavities?

Practicing good hygiene habits will ensure healthier teeth. Following these habits will help with preventing cavities:

  •  Brush twice a day for at least two minutes. 
  • Floss
  • Use a mouth rinse
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Limit sugar intake
  • Visit your dentist for regular check ups

 

 

How do I treat sensitive teeth?

You can treat sensitive teeth by using an over the counter toothpaste that is specifically made to treat sensitive teeth. After a few weeks of using the toothpaste, you may notice the sensitivity in your teeth decreasing. Also try limiting your intake of highly acidic foods like lemons, oranges, grapefruits or hot and sugary foods/beverages. If you do not notice a significant change after using the desensitizing toothpaste, a visit to the dentist can help. Your dentist will apply a special compound to your teeth and roots in-office in order to treat your sensitivity. 

 

What causes tooth decay?

Cavities, also called tooth decay, can be caused by a series of factors and are the most common dental problem. Proper dental habits, like brushing and flossing regularly, prevent tooth decay. Plaque left on and between your teeth are the beginning stages of tooth decay. When plaque is left behind, it forms into tartar (calculus), making it more difficult to remove. The acid from the plaque begins to eat away at your enamel, causing tiny holes to form. Once the enamel is stripped away, the bacteria travels through the dentin and right to your nerves.

Symptoms of tooth decay may include:

  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity (to hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods)
  • Pain when you bite down
  • White, brown, or black staining on your teeth
  • Visible holes in your teeth

 

 

How often should I see the dentist?

You should visit your dentist at least every six months unless told otherwise. Some patients may need to see their dentist more than others. 

 

 

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