Should I use a specific toothbrush?
There are numerous different types of toothbrushes available today, some indicated for children and some generally labeled. What we strive for is maximum efficiency, comfort, and safety. Children will find tooth brushing easier using a small-head toothbrush with soft bristles. Adults should also reach for softer bristled toothbrushes. Hard bristles are far too abrasive for delicate enamel and gum tissue.
Will a powered toothbrush work better than a manual brush?
In certain instances, powered toothbrushes may be most effective. Adults with full dexterity may find a manual toothbrush ideal. Those with limited dexterity may find a powered toothbrush more comfortable. Children, as well, tend to like powered toothbrushes, finding them fun and exciting.
How long does the average toothbrush last?
If we're not careful, we may use a toothbrush longer than we should. Typically, your toothbrush will not show signs of wear for some time. This tool, however, should be replaced every three to four months, sooner if you are dealing with an active dental problem.
How and when should I floss my teeth?
Every person should floss at least once a day. This prevents bacteria from weakening enamel between teeth and preserves gum health. Whether you floss before or after you brush does not affect the overall efficiency of your hygiene routine. What is important is sticking with a daily routine.
What should I do if I have a dental emergency?
Dr. Koppikar is a Phoenix dentist who works with patients to handle urgent situations. If you experience an emergency relating to your dental health, contact our office, even if it is outside of normal business hours. We will see you as soon as possible and offer temporary solutions to alleviate discomfort until you can be seen.
What materials are used for dental fillings today?
Dental fillings, used to repair teeth damaged by cavities, may be made from a few different materials. The first material from which fillings were made was gold. This material is still a very good choice, although most people fear that gold will show prominently in their smiles. Dental amalgam, which has been used for many decades, is no longer the material of choice for most patients, although many dental offices still offer amalgam fillings. Not only are amalgam fillings unattractive, their mercury content poses safety questions. At Biltmore Dental Center, we use porcelain or composite resin to fill cavities. These options are both durable and attractive.
Dr. Koppikar has been voted a Top Dentist in the Phoenix area for good reason. Contact our office to schedule your visit, and benefit from our high standard of care.
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