Q: Taking Care of Your Oral Hygiene at Home

A: Taking care of your teeth and gums at home is important. It should be a habit that is developed during childhood. Caring for one's oral health begins at infancy. Patients need to brush their teeth at least twice a day, floss and use mouth mash daily. Parents need to care for their infants' teeth at the time when their infants received their first tooth.

Q: Visiting a Dentist Regularly

A: Everyone should visit their Dentist at least twice a year for a general cleaning. During this exam, the Dentist will examine the entire mouth, take X-rays and record everything. The dentist will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth. It is very important to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth because it will cause other problems to develop in your mouth and to your teeth. Mothers also need to take their infants to the dentist regularly.

Q: Teach Your Kids How to Brush their Teeth

A: Parents need to be educated about the process of their child's baby and adult teeth and how to care for them. Parents should take their infants to see a Pediatric Dentist when infants received their first teeth. This is very important because parents need to know how to take care of their infants' teeth and then be able to teach their child how to care for their own teeth when they are old enough. Good oral hygiene methods of brushing, flossing and using mouthwash at least twice a day should be followed by kids. This will avoid cavities, gum disease and falling out of the baby teeth before time in kids.

Q: Protecting your Teeth

A: Besides brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and seeing your Dentist twice a year, patients also need to protect their teeth from injuries. Many people take this step for granted and they think that no harm will come to their teeth but eating foods that are difficult to chew can cause cracked and fractured teeth. It can also cause fillings and crowns to become loose. Other ways patients can protect their teeth includes wearing mouth guards when playing sports and when sleeping for those who grind their teeth.

Q: Choosing the Right Tooth Brush: Electric or Manual

A: Choosing the right toothbrush is very important. Both the electrical toothbrush and a manual toothbrush have their pros and cons. Patients need to know how to use both types of toothbrushes and the benefits and the weaknesses of them before making a decision of which one to use.

An electric toothbrush is a more powerful and thorough toothbrush than manual toothbrushes. On the other hand, a manual toothbrush is less expensive and if patients use it properly it can clean the teeth well.

When choosing a toothbrush, the patient's age, knowledge, and preference will help them choose the right one. It is advisable for kids to use an electric toothbrush because this will require less effort for kids and it will ensure that their teeth are brushed well. Adults can use manual toothbrush because they are more knowledgeable about how to brush effectively with a manual toothbrush. Patients can ask their dentist more about choosing the right toothbrush for themselves and their kids.

Q: Caring for Your Teeth in the Night

A: Taking care of your teeth in the night is essential. When we sleep the bacteria in our mouth can grow and cause damages to our teeth. This is why it is recommended not to snack in the night and if you do you have to make sure your brush, floss, and use mouthwash before going back to sleep.

Q: Brushing, Flossing and Using Mouthwash

A: Everyone should brush, floss and use mouthwash before sleeping. Patients should brush effectively to keep away plaque and tartar. Patients should floss to make sure that there are no bits and pieces of food stuck in between the teeth. Patients should also use mouthwash to kill any remaining bacteria in the mouth.

Q: Avoid Snacking at Night

A: Snacking at night can cause bacteria to grow in your mouth and it can cause cavities. One way of dealing with the urge of snacking at night is to drink water. Drinking water will help keep away germs and it is a good habit for our body as well.

Q: Taking Care of Kid's Teeth at Night

A: Avoid leaving the bottle in your kid's mouth after falling asleep. The food particles in the milk or juice can cause bacteria to grow in your kids' mouth and then it can cause cavities as well.

Having a close relationship with your dentist is important and if you have kids, having a family dentist where the entire family can go will be beneficial.