Please take some time to look through our list of dental FAQs to learn more about maintaining your oral health.
The brand of the toothbrush you or a family member are using isn't nearly as important as the size of the toothbrush head or the type of bristles it has. Our family dentist in Gainesville recommends that you use a soft toothbrush with a small head. It's recommended because medium and hard toothbrushes can cause gum irritation. A toothbrush with a small head also allows you to get all the areas of your mouth easily, including areas behind your back teeth. Our family dentist recommends that you brush at least two times per day and come see us regularly for your dental checkup.
Not necessarily. However, our family dentist recommends that you use a toothbrush which contains fluoride. Fluoride helps in the prevention of tooth decay. You should use a toothpaste that doesn't have a bad taste to you and is also approved by the American Dental Association.
Our family dentists recommend that you floss your teeth at least once per day. Flossing helps in the prevention of cavities from forming in between your teeth. This is a very sensitive area that you can't reach with a toothbrush, so it's important that you floss so you can get any stuck food out. We recommend that you floss before you go to bed at night and don't eat or drink anything afterward except for water.
Dental crowns are used to repair a severely damaged or broken tooth. The dental crown covers the entire tooth after all old fillings are removed. They can be composed of porcelain, gold, stainless steel, or other composites. Dentists often refer to dental crowns as restorations. Patients tend to refer to natural-color dental crowns as being caps.
Bridges and partial bridges replace missing teeth. Bridges are permanently attached to surrounding teeth or to dental implants. Partial bridges are attached to nearby teeth using clasps and can be easily removed by patients. Generally speaking, our patients are more satisfied with bridges than partial bridges at our family dental practice.
Many of our patients request white, tooth-colored fillings. Our family dentist also prefers using natural tooth-colored fillings because they bond better with the tooth's structure and strengthen the tooth itself. However, white fillings can't be used with all fillings. Sometimes, severely damaged teeth need to have a crown placed over them rather than filling the tooth. Generally, a dental crown would be needed in such a situation.
Not at all. Many root canals will require a dental crown once the procedure is over to help strengthen the tooth that was worked on, but not every tooth requiring a dental crown needs a root canal.
Prophylaxis is what is also known as a routine dental cleaning. This is used on patients at our family dentist who have fairly good oral health with no major gum problems. Scaling and planing procedures are generally performed on individuals who have gum problems or a family history of gum-related issues. Scaling and planing is a deep cleaning dental procedure which cleans below the gum line.