We know that questions arise from time to time. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns with our staff. We look forward to working with you to maintain your dental health.
Q1. What kind of toothbrush should I be using?
A1. Most important is that you are using a soft bristle brush. Some people may need a brush that is smaller in size to reach to the back side of the molars. We highly recommend power toothbrushes for everyone, especially those with limited dexterity.
A2. The recommended way to whiten teeth is to see your Dentist. They can make custom trays to fit your teeth exactly. You will be given the trays and whitening material and wear the trays, usually over night for several days. Whitening strips will work if you have a narrower arch and quite straight teeth. One thing to remember is that any restorations (fillings, crowns, veneers) you may have will not change color with whitening. These will have to be replaced after you have reached your desired shade.
A3. We see many patients with dry mouth symptoms and have found they get relief from some of the over the counter products for dry mouth. One of them is Xylitol mints, found at many health food stores. Look for products with Xylitol as the first ingredient. Another useful product is Biotene mouth rinse; you can find this at most drug stores. You want to avoid hard candies or gums that contain sugar as this could lead to tooth decay.
A4. Sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities on the chewing surface of the back teeth where decay occurs most often. It is a plastic material that fills in the tiniest grooves and pits in your teeth. These are areas that are too small for your toothbrush bristles to fit in to get clean. Sealants make it easier for you to keep your teeth free of decay.