Five Dental Questions Answered

August 20th, 2019

When you go to the dentist, there’s a lot going on in your mouth. Scraping, poking, and prodding. Can there be things done to make this go smoothly? Of course there are. Plus there are important things that go on in the office that can prevent future problems.

Here are five of the more pressing questions that patients may have. It’s not a definite list by any means, but it’s a start.

Does Any Type of Toothbrush Work?

You need to go get a toothbrush, but there’s a dizzying array of them at the store, in all sizes, shapes and varying bristle hardness. It’s OK to grab a hard-bristled one and just use that, right? No. Using a hard- or even medium-bristled brush can do damage to the enamel of your teeth and irritate your gums.

There are some who think that those hard bristles are better at removing plaque. The tiny amount that is removed is not worth the trade off. Stick with soft bristles or use an electric toothbrush.

Is Fluoride Important?

Both the long and short answers are: Yes. It makes one’s teeth stronger. It’s important to monitor kids when they are brushing their teeth with fluoride toothpaste – swallowing it can be harmful. The American Dental Association recommends itS

What Do Fillings Do?

If your dentist finds that you have a cavity, they will likely have you come in and get a filling. What exactly is the purpose of this? It’s to prevent the cavity from getting even larger. The dentist numbs your mouth and then drills around the cavity and fills it with a composite that hardens and covers the cavity area.

What Do Sealants Do?

This can be used to protect kids in their preteen years to prevent cavities from forming between teeth. It’s not just for kids, though. Grown-ups can get them as well. They usually go in the back teeth.

What Are Habits to Avoid?

People really have a habit of sticking things in their mouths that they shouldn’t. They may idly chew on a pen cap or a pencil. Hard candy should be allowed to melt in one’s mouth, not chewed up. The same can be said of ice cubes.

Another bad habit that can affect both people’s hands and their teeth is biting on their fingernails. Not only will they be left with ragged-looking nails, they can leave their teeth susceptible to being cracked or damaged. Ideally, only eat soft or easily-chewed food. 

There are a lot of questions out there.  Taking care of your teeth doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect. 

The extremely knowledgeable staff at Coastal Dental Group will be glad to answer any dental-related questions at any patient’s next exam. Give them a call at 732-714-1030.