Frequently Asked Questions
HOW CAN I IMPROVE THE WHITENESS OF MY TEETH?
- If you need to(w/coffee and other beverages), then i always recommend Tfees(.tfeesstraw.com) a straw allows to bypass the teeth.next, Rinse(with water) after consuming the stain- causing bev or food). A quick rinse w/water after the consumption helps not only for shade but for health as well.Now for some good foods..Apples contribute to plaque removal and saliva production. Carrots are abrasive and physically remove plaque. Strawberries have Malic acid which contributes to stain removal. Xylitol candies/products are incredible for saliva production(cleaning your teeth)and have been shown to reverse some tooth decay.Professional whitening is the most predictable- In office Sapphire whitening, in 1 hour you have whiter teeth. Next, is the custom take home trays, used at home typically overnight thus waking up the next say with whiter teeth. Lastly is over the counter products such as crest white strips.
SHOULD I USE A MOUTHWASH REGULARLY?
Depending on your history of cavities and/or gum disease, a mouth rinse might be right for you. If you’re more prone to cavities a fluoride rinse would work in your defense to combat tooth decay and restore any small areas that your dentist has been watching. A prescription rinse might be needed to treat certain problems that involve the gums. There are also over the counter all natural rinses which can help manage harmful bacteria. If you have gum problems then you should of course see your dentist. In any case, healthy gums don’t bleed!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET A DENTAL CLEANING?
Your dental cleaning schedule should be determined by your dental care team and varies from patient to patient. In general, if you have a healthy mouth and good dental hygiene, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend dental cleanings at least twice per year. In majority of cases, this is simply NOT enough! Patients with bleeding, inflamed and/or tender gums need their condition treated and closely monitored to prevent possibly losing their teeth in the future. Patients with inflammatory conditions like diabetes and heart disease should be seen often to prevent bacterial accumulation in the mouth that can spread and infect other parts of the body. Immunosuppressed patients and those that take certain medications get the extra help they need during a dental cleaning to keep their mouth clean and bacteria free.
At Advanced Dental Arts, we want to make sure that you enjoy every one of your visits. Our Registered Dental Hygienists are experts (yes! experts) at using their instruments, which allows them to be most thorough with least discomfort to You! We encourage our patients to let us know how to make them more comfortable in the chair, and try to cater to their every need!
So, the next time you are in that dental chair, try to relax and enjoy the overall health benefits of your cleaning!
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO PRACTICE GOOD ORAL HYGIENE AT HOME?
This may surprise you, but most patients do not have the proper brushing and flossing skills necessary to keep teeth and gums healthy. This is why, we spend time at every dental visit to teach our patients good oral hygiene and give recommendations based on their specific needs.
Every patient should be brushing with a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste at least 2 times per day. For patients who need more help with plaque control (i.e. the elderly and patients with decreased dexterity), an electric toothbrush is strongly recommended.
Patients should also be cleaning between their teeth daily! These are areas that trap food after each meal and if not cleaned, will attract bacteria and cause an infection underneath the gum. This infection is the reason why patients have bleeding, inflammation and BAD BREATH! Floss, floss piks, “water flossers”, interdental brushes, and many more are all tools that are readily available at your local pharmacy.
Patients should also pay close attention to their dietary choices. Staying away from sugary and acidic foods and drinks will help keep your teeth strong decreasing the risk of cavities and enamel erosion.
Finally, DRY MOUTH! Over the last few years, dry mouth has become a problem amongst patients of all ages. It may be caused by prescription medications, over the counter allergy medications, radiation treatments, and others. The detrimental effects of dry mouth are rapid and often costly!
Take good care of your pearly whites 🙂
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends parents and health care providers help every child establish a dental home by 12 months of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventative and routine oral health care. Seeing a child by 12 months of age provides critical opportunities to educate parents and establish proper dental health practices which reduce a child's risk of preventable dental disease.