Yes! Flossing removes the bacterial plaque which accumulates between your teeth. Brushing alone cannot remove this. Over time this un-cleaned bacteria can cause decay between your teeth.
You should brush your teeth at least 2-3 minutes twice a day. Get into a routine and always start and end in the same place. That way you will make sure not to miss any parts of your mouth. Unfortunately, most Americans only brush for 45-60 seconds twice a day, and that is just not enough. Many new mechanical toothbrushes have built in timers to help you brush the proper length of time.
The use of a mouthwash is fine to give yourself a fresh feeling. Try to use an alcohol free mouthwash if possible. Mouthwashes which contain alcohol can dry out the lining of your mouth and decrease saliva flow. Both of these symptoms can contribute to increased bacterial growth and lessen the mouth’s natural defenses.
In general, it does not matter what brand of toothpaste you use as long as it contains fluoride. However, in some instances, certain people can benefit from different kinds of toothpaste. For example, someone with wear and erosion on their teeth should use a less abrasive toothpaste and someone with a lot of staining should use a more abrasive toothpaste. We will help guide you toward the most appropriate product for your needs.
Rinse your mouth with water after a meal or snack to neutralize acid and reduce bacteria by 30%. Chewing sugarless gum or gum that contains Xylitol has also been shown to decrease the incidence of decay by promoting saliva production.
Not entirely. Whitening toothpastes will reverse the effects of some surface stains, but not change the shade of the teeth themselves. The change is usually minimal.
There is some evidence that over-the-counter bleaching products do whiten teeth, however these products are not used under the supervision of your dentist. There may be potential problems which require attention prior to whitening. Also, the trays usually sold with these products do not fit as well as those that are custom made by your dentist. As a result, damage to your gums and teeth is possible.
Ulcers are very difficult to treat. There is no proven technique that will eliminate ulcers. They can occur as a result of trauma or due to a viral source. Depending on their cause there are specific medications that can shorten their duration. Left alone, ulcers will generally diminish and disappear in two weeks.
Bad breath or halitosis, can be caused by many things. The most common cause is the presence of bacteria in your mouth and on your tongue. These bacteria produce odorous compounds. In some cases, the cause of bad breath can be from gastrointestinal origin.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria (plaque) in your mouth which react with sugary and starchy deposits from food you eat. This reaction produces acid which damages the enamel over time and weakens the tooth.
Cold sensitivity can be due to a number of reasons. Some people are generally more sensitive to temperature changes. Other causes may be due to recession of the gum tissue, abrasion of the teeth, large metal restorations or decay. Treatments for this condition can include fillings, fluoride applications or the use of desensitizing toothpastes.
Your gums bleed as a result of inflammation caused by the presence of bacteria in your mouth. This inflammation is called gingivitis. Gingivitis causes red, puffy and bleeding gums. Gone untreated, it can progress into periodontal disease.