We all have questions about our oral hygiene and dentistry. From the broad to the nuanced, these often range from inquiries about cost and insurance coverage to curiosities about the technical aspects of services provided. It’s quite natural that we want to know more about something that plays such a big role in our lives but is simultaneously mysterious to so many of us. Most of us, after all, aren’t dentists. During your next Tulsa teeth cleaning, ask your dentist any questions you might have. Like the rest of us, they enjoy when others show interest in their expertise and will be happy to answer you. Until then, let’s go through and address some of those questions here.
What are some early indications of oral health problems?
Sores may appear in the mouth, often accompanied by a red swelling and some amount of pain. Toothaches that persist for more than a day can be associated with damage to that tooth or infection near it. Gum bleeding can indicate gum disease but can also occur when the gums haven’t been stimulated and strengthened enough.
Is sugar really that bad for my teeth?
Yes, it really is. The bacteria that cause most oral health problems persist off of sugar. They will break down other food particles into sugar if need be, but it is the sugar that they’re after. That being said, it certainly isn’t healthy for your body to completely avoid sugar consumption. The best practice, in this case, is to use moderation regarding your sugar intake and to make sure that you don’t let it sit on your teeth overnight.
How do I pick my toothbrush?
It may be tempting to think that brushes with softer bristles are only for those of us with sensitive teeth, but it’s recommended for all of us. The enamel on our teeth is surprisingly easy to damage, although it often repairs well, and even the act of brushing can wear at it if we are using firm brushes or lots of pressure.
What toothpaste should I use?
There are a lot of different brands and types of toothpaste. Many of them are for specific nuances of oral hygiene, like being designed for tooth sensitivity, stronger plaque control, or teeth whitening. As long as they contain fluoride, all of these are just fine. Ask the dentist at your next Tulsa teeth cleaning for recommendations based on your specific needs.
How do I whiten my teeth?
The best and safest way to whiten your teeth is by going to the dentist and having them do it. Not only do Tulsa teeth cleanings help to whiten your teeth, as they come with a polish, but many dentists offer services specifically for teeth whitening.
Is chewing ice and hard candy bad for my teeth?
Yes. The enamel of our teeth can be somewhat fragile and grinding our teeth against hard substance such as ice and hard candy can wear away at the enamel, leading to increased tooth sensitivity and increased risk of tooth decay. This is one of those habits to be avoided entirely, as sad as that may be.
Is fluoride safe?
Not only is fluoride, within recommended dosages, completely safe, but it is also considered by the health community to be one of the most significant health breakthroughs of the modern era.
Are regular dental cleanings that important?
Next to your daily oral hygiene routine, these twice-yearly Tulsa teeth cleanings are the most important thing for your teeth. It is here that the dentist removes all the plaque and tartar than we can’t get rid of on our own. This is also one of the best ways to catch oral health problems before they fully develop.
How important is flossing?
Very important. Imagine not brushing your teeth. Flossing is essentially brushing for in-between the teeth. These areas hold food debris more easily than any other region in the mouth and, if we don’t clean there, are pure heaven for oral bacteria. Flossing removes and prevents food particle buildup and helps to reduce bacterial growth.
As you can see, there are a lot of questions about oral hygiene. One thing we can all depend on is that the best people to ask are dentists. Come in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning and field all of your oral hygiene questions to the expert. Schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning appointment today!