Good homecare begins with patient education. Even the most regular of brushers, if misinformed about proper dental care, may have poor homecare. Thus it is hard to underestimate the value of patient education. For this reason, your Summerlin dentist, Dr. Deborha Staten, answers your homecare FAQs.
Is it always better to brush more often?
No. In fact, brushing too often or at the wrong times can do more harm than good. For instance, if you brush your teeth right after drinking an acidic beverage like coffee, you may contribute to the wearing away of your teeth’s enamel. (It’s actually better to rinse your mouth with water or chew a piece of sugar free gum after drinking coffee.) The same thing can happen if you simply brush too often. You can damage your teeth and gums from too much abrasion. Thus it is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day.
Is Flossing Really Necessary?
Absolutely. Floss is able to reach and clean areas of your teeth that a toothbrush cannot. Leaving these areas of teeth to contend with bacteria and plaque on their own is a bad idea. You can experience tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis. Therefore, your Summerlin family dentist, Dr. Staten, recommends that you floss your teeth once a day.
Why Do I Need to Visit the Dentist Every Six Months?
Regular dental visits allow a professional, like Dr. Staten, to evaluate your teeth and gums to make sure that they are in good health. During a checkup, you will also receive a professional cleaning from a qualified hygienist. This cleaning can help to remove stubborn plaque and tartar, both of which contribute to tooth decay.
Schedule a Visit with Your Family Dentist
Regular dental care is a major factor in good oral health. If you or a family member has a toothache, needs a checkup and cleaning, wants a cosmetic consultation, or needs a second opinion, schedule an appointment with your family dentist, Dr. Staten today.