General Dentistry FAQs
If you’ve gotten out of the habit of visiting your dentist regularly, you may be wondering whether or not those scheduled cleanings are truly important. Today, we want to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about how to best maintain your oral health and invite you to schedule your next dental appointment at MaDental & Associates in Miami, Florida.
Why Should I Visit My Dentist Regularly?
Many people only visit the dentist when they have a problem. This is known as “crisis treatment”, instead of “preventative treatment”. And while these patients may feel as though they are saving money by skipping out on their regular cleanings, it’s easy to forget that many dental problems do not have noticeable symptoms until they reach the advanced stages of the disease process.
It’s not uncommon to see a patient with a huge cavity who has never felt a thing. Our dentists are able to detect cavities 3-4 years before it develops any symptoms. This early detection is what can help you prevent the need for a root canal treatment.
I Brush My Teeth Twice a Day- Why Do I Need to Floss, Too?
There are millions of bacteria that feed on food particles left in your teeth and live in plaque that can be removed by flossing. While brushing gets rid of some of the bacteria in your mouth, flossing is able to get rid of the bacteria that your toothbrush simply can’t reach. If plaque remains between your teeth, it will eventually harden into tartar. And while plaque can be removed by flossing and brushing, only your dentist can remove tartar.
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
The best way to prevent cavities is by implementing dental habits that you can maintain every day. Always spend two to three minutes brushing your teeth, and remember to not brush too hard as it takes very little pressure to successfully remove plaque and bacteria. Commit to flossing once a day so you can remove bacteria from in between your teeth as well.
Monitor the amount of sugar that you’re eating. There is sugar in candy, fruits, crackers, and chips- which are all foods that the bacteria in your mouth like the best. Try to minimize the times during the day when sweet items are eaten and always brush your teeth afterwards.
And while good dental habits will go a long way towards a no-cavity visit, it’s important to continue visiting your dentist regularly. Start investing in a brighter smile by making an appointment with MaDental & Associates in Miami, Florida today.
Ask your dentist to show you the proper way to floss. You will both notice the difference at the next cleaning appointment!