Dental FAQ

What type of toothbrush should I use?

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. 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 cleaning.

Is one toothpaste better than others?

Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use a toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease the incidence of dental decay. Sometimes we do provide our patients with specialized toothpastes designed for specific conditions.

How often should I floss?

Flossing your teeth once a day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy by removing bacteria trapped below the gumline.

What’s the difference between a crown and a cap?

These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as “crowns”.

What’s the difference between a bridge and a partial denture?

Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to neighboring teeth or, in some cases, dental implants. A partial denture is a removable appliance that utilizes clasps to engage neighboring teeth for anchoring. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges because they are non-removable.

Do I need to have a root canal just because I have a crown?

No. 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.

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