Frequently Asked Dental Questions
You have questions for your Boise dentist and we hope to provide you with in-depth, educational answers. We’ve compiled some of our most frequently asked questions, along with factual answers and practical advice.
If you’d like a more detailed explanation of any of these answers, feel free to call or contact us. No question is off limits, no matter how many times we’ve heard it before. When it comes to your dental health, you should have access to as much information as you need.
Many people don’t see a dentist until they have a problem, which is referred to as “crisis treatment.” If it doesn’t hurt, there’s no problem, they reason. By the time their tooth hurts, even in a simple cavity situation, they need a root canal and a crown, instead of just a filling.
Regular dental appointments help you avoid costly and painful treatments. Preventive care is always less expensive and less time consuming in the long run and it’s much healthier, too.
If you neglect to floss, you’re leaving plaque in between your teeth, which attract that bacteria. If plaque goes untended, it turns into tartar and only your dentist can effectively remove tartar.
Basically, flossing cleans the parts of your mouth your toothbrush can’t reach.
If you can’t brush after a meal, rinsing your mouth with water or chewing sugarless gum can help. Colgate Wisps are also a good solution.
Minimize your sugar intake, too. Sugar comes in the form of fruit juice, sports drinks, candy, crackers, chips, bread and more. Bacteria loves sugar, even from sources like raisins and peanut butter. When you do indulge in sugary foods or drinks, brush your teeth afterwards.
When you’re not exposed to fluoride, you’re at a greater risk for dental decay. Fluoride helps the enamel on your teeth to be much more resilient to the acids generated by plaque bacteria. The risk of dental decay from lack of fluoride exposure can happen at any age, but medical research shows children who consume fluoride from infancy, experience less dental decay.
Fluoride is healthy, and it protects your teeth from bacterial harm. It can also reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
If those methods don’t help your sensitive teeth, see your dentist. Your dental practice can apply compounds that reduce or eliminate sensitivity. More intensive home treatment plans can also be recommended.
Whitening toothpastes use a mild, or sometimes harsh, abrasive compound to remove surface stains from your teeth; usually caused by coffee, tea, soda, smoking, etc. In the process, thought, the more effective whitening toothpastes can sometimes erode your tooth enamel.
If you frequently use a whitening toothpaste, it might damage your enamel and result in increasingly sensitive teeth. Talk to your dentist about whitening toothpastes to find a healthy solution that’s right for you.
Instead, brush as thoroughly as you normally brush. Over the counter medications can provide relief, but are usually a temporary solution. Visit your dentist for a periodontal screening, and find an effective treatment plan.
Bleeding gums are often indicative of bigger problems, so see your dentist as soon as possible.