Frequently Asked Questions
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Dental visits should be scheduled for a minimum of twice a year (6monthly). This helps to keep the teeth and gum healthy, diagnose and treat potential dental problems, helps save your teeth and money as preventive dentistry is cheaper.
Prevention is better than cure. Dentistry is not expensive, Neglect is.
Flossing is as important as brushing as it helps to clean almost 65% of the tooth surface. Flossing should be done at least once daily. Avoid use of toothpick as much as possible. Flossing helps to prevent tartar build up and cavities in between the teeth .
Ask your dentist to show you the proper way to floss. You will both notice the difference at the next cleaning appointment.
Always spend 2-3minutes brushing your teeth. It takes that long to get rid of the bacteria that destroy tooth enamel. Avoid brushing too hard, it takes very little pressure to remove bacteria and plaque.
Flossing is the only way to get bacteria from between your teeth.
Rinse your mouth after every meal /snack.
Visit your dentist every 6months for a checkup.
Our regular toothpaste must contain FLUORIDE as this helps to strengthen our teeth and prevent tooth decay. Always look out for fluoride from your tooth paste.
Bleeding gums are a symptom of the onset of gum disease or gingivitis.
People often stop brushing as frequently and effectively because it may be painful or it may cause the gums to bleed again. However, when gums are inflamed, brushing could help reduce the inflammation. More importantly, you should see your dentist to prevent worsening the condition. It is also worth noting that chronic dental pain and discomfort are obvious signs of a problem. Over-the-counter drugs may provide some temporary relief.
Saliva is the mouth’s natural mouthwash, its production is reduced at sleep. Bacteria in the mouth breaks down the food debris to release
Sulphur compounds which gives the bad odour.
Tooth brushing is advised as the last thing at night before you go to bed.
Chronic, long-term mouth odor can be a sign of more serious illness. See your dentist if this is a concern.
Highly acidic foods such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons, as well as tea
and soda can increase tooth sensitivity, and work against sensitivity
Desensitizing toothpaste, which contains strontium chloride or potassium
nitrate are very effective in treating sensitive teeth. After a few weeks of
use, you may notice a decrease in sensitivity.
If you do not get relief by brushing gently and using desensitizing
toothpaste, see your dentist.
Medium/soft bristled toothbrushes are the best.
Hard brushes tend to wear of the teeth enamel causing abrasion and
leading to tooth sensitivity.
Hard toothbrushes tend to cause more harm than good
Dental floss is a better alternative to toothpick.
Toothpick tends to create an artificial space between your tooth and gum giving room for accumulation of more food debris and bacteria which continuously damage the tooth support leading to gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.