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Frequently Asked Questions

What should i do if i have a bad breath (halitosis)?

Brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day.

  • Don't "scrub" your teeth hard -- hold the brush like a pencil and brush in light circles
  • Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle, just along the edge of the gum line.
  • Be sure to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth as well.
  • Replace your brush every 2-3 months.
  • Floss once a day.

  • The floss should form a "C" shape around the tooth.
  • Only floss at the gum line. If your gums start bleeding, rinse your mouth and resume gentle flossing.
  • Use antibacterial mouthwash to clean your whole mouth.

  • Mouthwash generally masks bad breath instead of curing it, so make sure you are still brushing and flossing frequently.
  • How can i strengthen teeth and gums?

    Choose the right toothbrush.

  • An appropriate size. Larger toothbrushes can be more difficult to maneuver in your mouth. Most adults are well-served by a toothbrush that is about half an inch wide an one inch tall.
  • The right bristle strength. Bristles are generally categorized as "soft," "medium," or "hard/firm." Most people do well with a soft-bristled brush, which has the flexibility to clean near gums without causing excess bleeding.
  • An endorsement. Check to see if a toothbrush you're considering bears a seal of approval from the American Dental Association (ADA). A brush without such an approval is likely fine to use, but it can give you extra peace of mind knowing that your selection has been endorsed by a respectable dental health agency.
  • Manual or electric? There is no right answer when choosing between a manual and an electric toothbrush. As long as you use either regularly, you will probably have healthy teeth. If you do choose to go electric, be sure that you find an electric brush that oscillates, which is more effective at removing plaque
  • Brush your teeth properly, at least twice a day, to maintain their strength.

  • Your toothbrush should be placed against your teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gum line, and moved on the tooth surface in a circular and up-down motion.
  • Do not use too much force or pressure when brushing. Allow the tips of the bristles to reach between the teeth.
  • Cover all the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of all your teeth, making sure the grooves and crevices are cleaned well.
  • Take particular care to clean the inside of the lower front teeth and the outer surfaces of the upper back teeth, as these are the surfaces that tend to collect the most tartar.
  • Brush your teeth for two to three minutes. Once you finish, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash.
  • Floss your teeth daily.

  • Dispense around 18 inches (45.7 cm) of floss from the dispenser.
  • Dispense around 18 inches (45.7 cm) of floss from the dispenser.
  • Floss the upper teeth first, then the lower teeth.
  • Hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger and gently guide it between your teeth in a rubbing-sliding motion.
  • Never use force, as it can damage the gum tissue.
  • Keep using a fresh section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
  • Floss the back of the last molars carefully.
  • What can i do if i have stained or discoloured teeth?

    Schedule a dental cleaning

  • Dentists suggest a cleaning every 6 months to remove stains and protect teeth and gums
  • Purchase a rotating/oscillating tooth brush in place of regular tooth brush.

  • They have been shown to significantly reduce stains on teeth more effectively than a normal tooth brush
  • Limmit your intake of foods that stain

  • The main culprits are coffee, juices, soft drinks and sports drinks. If you must drink them use a straw.
  • Rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth 10 minutes after drinking these beverages.
  • Avoid smoking which can cause permanent staining

    Make an all natural cleaning and whitening paste with baking soda.

  • Mix two tsp. of baking soda with enough water to form a paste. Dip a manual toothbrush in the paste and brush it in a circular motion on all your teeth surfaces, including the interior ones.
  • Dip the toothbrush in the paste several times throughout the process.
  • Repeat this method at least once a week, or up to three times per week, but not for more than four weeks in a row.
  • You can also replace the water with lemon juice for extra whitening power. Rinse your mouth afterward to get rid of residual acid, which can cause sensitivity.
  • Rinse your mouth several times per week with hydrogen peroxide.

  • Ensure you don’t swallow hydrogen peroxide. This method should not be used with children
  • This method works fine with stains and also reduces the amount of bacteria, but you should not use this treatment for more than four weeks in a row.
  • Purchase whitening toothpaste.

  • Prolonged use of whitening toothpaste can erode tooth enamel, causing the yellow dentin to be exposed and colored food will stain your teeth faster than before.
  • How to Take Care of Your Loose teeth?

    Continue to brush and floss.

  • It’s good to be extra gentle about brushing around the loose tooth or teeth, especially if your gums are sore. If you have a really loose tooth, then you can even harm the inner ligaments of your tooth if you use too much pressure
  • You don’t need to be too careful with baby teeth, however. They’re meant to fall out when the time is right, so you don’t have to baby them too much. If you are concerned, then you can always check on the age ranges for when a baby tooth is supposed to fall out, such as by asking your dentist or searching the internet.
  • Let it fall out on its own.

  • Removing a baby tooth before it’s ready can lead to infection, pain, and bleeding. It can also lead to eruption disorders of the permanent teeth. There could still be some root left and bacteria will grow in it.
  • Use over the counter pain medication or a topical gel.

  • Ibuprofen or a gel that gently numbs your gums can help with teething pain, but if it gets worse you should go to a pediatric dentist.
  • Eat well

  • Get more calcium in your diet, such as by drinking milk and eating yogurt and cheese. However, don’t worry about supplementing with fluoride as long as you use a fluoride toothpaste two times a day. This will prevent any enamel defects such as hypomineralization or fluorosis.
  • How to Stop Sensitive Teeth Pain

    Using Over-the-Counter and Prescription Remedies

    Change your toothpaste.

  • Try switching to a toothpaste designed to help with sensitive teeth.
  • Toothpaste containing arginine has been shown to be more effective than sensitive toothpastes that use potassium as the active ingredient.
  • Change your toothbrush

  • Make sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Harder bristles can damage tooth enamel and cause gums to recede, leading to sensitive teeth.
  • Also be careful not to press too hard when you brush - this can also damage gums and enamel.
  • Use a night guard.

  • If your sensitivity is caused by grinding, you can wear a protecting guard during the night. Your dentist can make a custom-fitted mouth guard for you. They are available over-the-counter as well, but because they are not fitted to your mouth specifically, an OTC guard may cause more harm than good
  • If you do notice yourself grinding your teeth during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. At night, hold a warm washcloth against your cheek, near your earlobe. These both relax your jaw.
  • Try massaging your jaw and sticking to soft foods until the pain subsides
  • Take an OTC pain medication.

  • Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help reduce the pain of sensitive teeth.
  • Don't use this as a long-term solution, however, as pain medications have side effects.
  • How to Fix Rotting Teeth?

    Treat cavities as soon as you notice them.

  • A cavity is a hole in your tooth. These gaps make it possible for damaging bacteria to get inside your tooth. If a cavity remains untreated, the tooth will only get worse. It can even lead to another cavity in the same tooth.
  • Get surgery for periodontitis.

  • If you have severe bone loss due to rotting teeth or if your gums have receded to a painful extent, your dentist may suggest corrective surgery. This is an in-office procedure where your dentist will place tiny shards of good bone in rotted areas. Your dentist may also graft new tissue on to spots where your gums have receded.
  • Remove the tooth entirely if it is rotting your gums.

  • If the tooth is decayed to the point where it’s causing gum problems, your dentist may advise pulling it out completely. This is a procedure that requires local anesthesia and can usually be done in your dentist’s office. After the tooth is pulled, your dentist may put a bridge in to hold the space in your mouth.
  • Recognize the symptoms of tooth decay.

  • Make sure to keep an eye on your teeth in between dental visits. Watch for a discolored spot on the surface of the tooth. It could be close to black, brown, or even off-white. If the tooth is painful, that is another sign.
  • The pain from a rotting tooth may be severe and ongoing or only triggered by hot or cold temperatures
  • Continual bad breath is another sign of tooth damage.
  • How to Brush Kids' Teeth
  • Prepare the child's toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Have warm water ready for your child's teeth.
  • Begin brushing his/her teeth in the back of his/her mouth
  • Move to the front of the mouth slowly.
  • Brush your child's teeth in a circular motion.
  • Now, brush the inside of the child's cheeks to get food particles out.
  • Also brush on the top of his/her mouth, to clean out plaque.
  • Finally, brush the tongue and reach as far as your child feels comfortable with
  • How to Keep Teeth White While Smoking

    Brush your teeth.

  • Smokers tend to have poorer oral health and a higher risk of periodontal disease, so it's important to focus on keeping your mouth healthy.
  • Try brushing right after you smoke. This will remove the tar and other chemicals deposited on the teeth quickly instead of letting them set it.
  • Consider using a special smoker's toothpaste.

  • Because these toothpastes have additional abrasive, they can wear down your enamel faster. If you are concerned about your enamel wearing down, consider using smoker's toothpaste some of the time and regular toothpaste the rest of the time.
  • Use anti-tar mouthwash for smokers.

  • Using a normal mouthwash won't keep your teeth white but it will improve your overall oral health. Use a regular mouthwash even if you can't get your hands on an anti-tar mouthwash. Just be sure to pick a therapeutic mouthwash that actually fights gingivitis and freshens your breath at the same time, as opposed to a mouthwash that just freshens your breath. You should be able to tell the difference because therapeutic mouthwashes include fluoride and antimicrobial agents.
  • Floss your teeth.

  • Pick whatever type of floss you like. The type of floss matters less than how you use it to clean between your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth once a day. It does not matter when you do it, just do it
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