1. Why should I go to the dentist if I don’t have a problem?
Many people go to the dentist only when they have a problem, but this is a mistake. You should visit the dentist regularly because regular visits can catch dental problems when they are small and easily corrected. Regular teeth cleanings help to prolong the life of your teeth. Dentists have tools that can clean areas that your toothbrush can’t reach. Cleanings can also remove tartar that has hardened to the point that your toothbrush can no longer remove it.
2. Why should I floss, isn’t it sufficient that I brush?
Brushing is important, but you can’t always brush your teeth. Flossing is important because it disturbs the environment in which the bacteria that causes tooth decay lives. The bacteria live in the plaque on your teeth, but your toothbrush can’t get to the places that your dental floss can get to so it is important to floss as well as brush.
3. What Can I Do to Prevent Cavities?
If you want to prevent cavities, you have to practice good dental hygiene. To do this, when you brush, brush for at least two minutes and be sure to brush twice a day. This ensures you can get rid of the bacteria that causes cavities. Be sure that you don’t brush too hard because aggressive brushing can remove enamel from your teeth. You should floss once a day at the very least.
In addition to practicing good oral hygiene, you should watch what you eat. Try to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet and look out for the hidden sugars. Most processed foods have sugar added. Even some natural peanut butter has added sugar, so read the food and drink labels. You’d be surprised at the types of drinks that have added sugar. It is in everything from energy drinks to fruit juices.
If you can’t brush your teeth after you eat, rinse your mouth with water. Water can remove a lot of the food particles that would otherwise sit on your teeth and create the environment for the bacteria that decays your teeth.
4. What Does the Dentist Look for on the X-Rays?
X-rays are an excellent tool for the dentist. Aside from being able to spot cavities that are just beginning, they can show many other things as well. In addition to decay, dentists can also spot infections in the bone, periodontal disease, abscesses or cysts, and some tumors.
In children, x-rays can spot potential abnormalities in the development of their adult teeth. The dentist can see if teeth are coming in crooked and they can spot baby teeth that don’t have roots for adult teeth. This means that when the baby tooth comes out no adult tooth will grow in. This allows you to plan for the future and have a treatment plan in place.
For more information and your first regular exam schedule an appointment with Cunnington Dental by calling us at (360) 926-0880. Let’s get started.