There’s no escaping the need for dental care. Not for any of us. So that means staying on top of your oral health is critically vital because our mouths do so much for our overall bodies! However, we completely understand that not everybody is as excited about dental care as we are and not every person is as knowledgeable about dental health. We did go through many tough years of dental school to learn what we know, after all!
Questions are great and we encourage them because it means you care enough to ask! We like giving answers even more, so today Saratoga Springs Dentistry has dedicated today’s blog post to answering some of the most frequently asked questions about dental care and dentists in Saratoga Springs, NY.
We are sure you will find the following information informative and helpful, but please don’t hesitate to contact us directly for answers to more pressing questions or more details tailored to your specific needs!
How Do I Know When to See the Dentist?
You should make it a part of your routine to visit the dentist once every six months in order to ensure proper dental care and overall health, and a great dentist will let you know about other visits that might be required as well. But in case something unexpected comes up, here are some reasons you might know to go see your dentist:
- Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
- Your mouth is often dry
- Your gums are puffy or bleed when you brush
- Your jaw pops or is painful when opening and closing
These are just a few common signs that a trip to your dental office would be necessary, but there are certainly far more. If anything seems different or wrong relating to your teeth or mouth, it’s best to set an appointment and have it checked out. We guarantee you’ll be happy you did!
What Kind of Toothbrush and Toothpaste Should I Use?
Brushing your teeth daily is a critical piece of maintaining your dental health. We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice per day (as advised by the American Dental Association), but really, you should brush after every meal to most effectively prevent plaque build up.
- Use soft-bristled toothbrushes
- Replace them at least every 3-4 months
- Both manual and powered toothbrushes are fine when used with proper technique
- Always use fluoride toothpaste and look for ones with the Seal of Acceptance from the ADA
As far as what kind of toothbrush and toothpaste to use, stick with soft-bristled toothbrushes to avoid damage to your teeth and gums from medium or firm ones. Use soft pressure for at least two minutes, twice a day. Both manual and powered toothbrushes work well when used with proper technique.
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months at least and always use fluoride toothpaste, which strengthens and protects your teeth. There are lots of kinds of toothpaste out there, but any toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance is a solid choice. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist what they recommend you use. Beyond that, flavor and other features are really up to you!
Do I Actually Need to Floss?
The short answer to this question is yes. The longer answer to this question is, heck yes! Flossing is important because it clears the areas between your teeth where food particles and plaque get stuck and build up. Left untreated, that plaque wears down your tooth’s enamel and causes cavities. Tooth decay is a serious issue and should be avoided to maintain strong dental care. Keep from costly crowns, tooth extractions and possibly dentures and just floss, OK?!
Why Do Regular Dentist Visits Matter?
People are inherently trained to think about their health care as something you address when an issue arises. But in fact, so many complications can be avoided by proactive behavior through preventative dentistry. This is especially true for visits to the dentist for your dental care.
A dentist can identify issues before they become severe, or even stop them from happening at all. Treatment can therefore be easier and more affordable, and who doesn’t like that? Beyond oral health issues, a dentist can identify other serious health issues outside of your mouth such as diabetes.
So many symptoms of other diseases or medical conditions show themselves in your mouth. Regular dental visits should be made at least every six months, as recommended by the ADA.
At Saratoga Springs Dentistry, we would love the chance to help create your beautiful smile, so contact us to schedule an appointment today!