When you’re a premier Tustin, CA dentist, like we are here at Rafi Dental Group, you get a lot of questions about dental topics from the great people of our great community just like you. We love answering those questions and welcome the engagement because it means you’re taking your oral health seriously!
While you are always welcome to reach out to us for any specific questions you might have, we wanted to put together a post answering some of the frequently asked questions we see about dental care. Stay tuned for more questions and answers, as well as lots of information and helpful resources to help you stay on top of your oral health, on our blog page. Feel free to save it to your favorites even! So let’s get to it.
Why Do Regular Dentist Visits Matter?
An excellent first question and a place we love to start! People are inherently trained to think about their health care as something you address when an issue arises. But in fact, so many complications can be avoided by proactive behavior. This is especially true for visits to the dentist for your dental care.
A dentist can identify issues before they become severe, or even stop them from happening at all. Treatment can, therefore, be easier and more affordable, and who doesn’t like that? Beyond oral health issues, a dentist can identify other serious health issues outside of your mouth such as diabetes. So many symptoms of other diseases or medical conditions show themselves in your mouth. Regular dental visits should be made at least every six months, as recommended by the American Dental Association!
How Do I Know When to See the Dentist?
As we stated in our previous answer, you should make it a part of your routine to visit the dentist once every six months in order to ensure proper dental care and overall health, and a good dentist will let you know about other visits that might be required as well. But in case something unexpected comes up, here are some reasons you might know to go see your dentist:
- Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
- Your mouth is often dry
- Your gums are puffy or bleed when you brush
- Your jaw pops or is painful when opening and closing
These are just a few common signs that a trip to your dental office would be necessary, but there are certainly far more. If anything seems different or wrong relating to your teeth or mouth, it’s best to set an appointment and have it checked out. We guarantee you’ll be happy you did!
What Kind of Toothbrush and Toothpaste Should I Use?
Brushing your teeth daily is a critical piece of maintaining your dental health. We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice per day, but really, you should brush after every meal to most effectively prevent plaque build-up.
As far as what kind of toothbrush and toothpaste to use, stick with soft-bristled toothbrushes to avoid damage to your teeth and gums from medium or firm ones. Use soft pressure for at least two minutes, twice a day. Both manual and powered toothbrushes work well when used with proper technique. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months at least and always use fluoride toothpaste, which strengthens and protects your teeth.
Do I Actually Need to Floss?
Yes, of course. Flossing is important because it clears the areas between your teeth where food particles and plaque get stuck and build up. Left untreated, that plaque wears down your tooth’s enamel and causes cavities. Tooth decay is a serious issue and should be avoided to maintain strong dental care. Keep from costly crowns, tooth extractions, and possibly dentures and floss.
Now that you have a better understanding of what a great Tustin dentist can do for you, contact us today and schedule your appointment!