The Most Commonly Asked Teeth Questions Answered
Keeping your teeth clean and maintaining good levels of dental hygiene is super important. Not only is it vital from a health perspective but boasting attractive teeth also does wonders for your confidence. In this article, we answer the most commonly asked teeth questions, to help you improve your dental hygiene and look after your very precious teeth!
Why do I need to visit a dentist?
Regularly scheduling an appointment with your dentist is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. As well as treating your teeth, a dentist will offer advice on how best to care for them going forwards. Seeing your dentist every six months will also help you identify any dental issues as and when they arise, and hopefully before they become painful.
Is flossing really necessary?
While it’s not overly pleasant, flossing is beneficial to your teeth and gums, as it clears plaque and food from between your teeth and under the gumline. If you don’t remove the plaque from your teeth, it turns into tartar, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. The bottom line? Try to floss at least once a day.
What’s the best routine for brushing my teeth?
You should brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, using a toothbrush with soft bristles. It’s best to replace your toothbrush once every three months, as the bristles will have started to wear out by this time and will be less effective.
Should I use toothpaste that contains fluoride?
While too much fluoride can pose risks to your health, it’s accepted that small amounts can actually protect your teeth. The role of fluoride is to strengthen enamel and prevent cavities and, when included in toothpaste, it slows the damage of your teeth from plaque. Providing you’re sensible, using toothpaste that contains fluoride is beneficial to your teeth.
How do I whiten my teeth?
The best and most risk-free way of whitening your teeth is to visit your dentist. Our professionals use Enlighten Evolution teeth whitening to provide you with longer-lasting white teeth, without causing you any pain or discomfort. Don’t be tempted to buy online teeth whitening strips or kits, as they can potentially strip your enamel and cause damage to your teeth.
How do I know if I have a problem with my teeth?
Naturally, pain in your teeth and gums is the most apparent sign that you have an issue with your teeth that you should get checked out. Other symptoms that require a dental check-up include mouth sores, joint pain, redness, swelling, sensitivity, dry mouth, and bleeding gums. Even if you only experience minor discomfort, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Is coffee bad for my teeth?
Drinking excessive amounts of coffee can stain your teeth. This is because it contains chromogens and is particularly acidic, causing your tooth enamel to stain over time. Tea is actually worse than coffee for staining your teeth as it is full of acid and tannins. However, if you keep things sensible and don’t drink cup after cup, alongside brushing your teeth regularly, you don’t need to eradicate tea or coffee from your diet.
Need to see a dentist?
If you’re concerned about the health of your teeth or have a question that we haven’t answered here, feel free to get in touch with us today via our website. Alternatively, you can call us directly on 0203 613 3324, and we’d be delighted to schedule you in for an appointment with one of our dental professionals.