People have been taking care of their health now more than ever. With the pandemic we have been going through for more than a year now, we have increasingly been paying attention to our healthcare routine. Oral hygiene has been a big part of that routine, and what better way to know more than asking a top dentist? Below is a list of questions about oral care answered by Dr. Ziad Sijari.
I often have tooth decay, what should I do?
Aside from proper oral hygiene, regular checkups can identify cavities and other dental conditions before they cause troubling symptoms and lead to more serious problems. The sooner you seek care, the better your chances are of reversing the early stages of tooth decay and preventing its progression. Your dentist will assess the severity of it and talk to you about your treatment options.
I would like my breath to be fresher, what should I do?
As a first step, start by making sure you brush your teeth twice a day, use mouthwash, replace your toothbrush every 3 months, and go to your dentist for regular check-ups.
My teeth are very sensitive while in contact with hot or cold food and drinks, what should I do?
It is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist so he can check whether you have cavities or gum recession. If this is not the case, then start using sensitive toothpaste and a medium toothbrush.
Why do I have to use mouthwash?
Mouthwash usually contains an antiseptic that kills harmful bacteria which can live between your teeth and on your tongue. Some people use mouthwash to fight bad breath, while others use it to try to prevent tooth decay.
Do I really need to floss?
Flossing has been found to be the most effective way to remove the material between teeth that toothbrushes can’t reach.” The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between teeth with floss (or another interdental cleaner) once a day. Nightly flossing — done right — is probably the best way to remove plaque and reduce gingivitis. If you have trouble doing it correctly, mouthwash can help you protect your teeth from cavities and gum disease (keeping in mind it is not a substitute!).
How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth?
There are a few simple steps to follow to improve the whiteness of your teeth:
- Rinse your mouth with water after drinking tea, coffee, or red wine.
- Chew on sugar-free gum to stimulate your body’s natural saliva flow, which will wash away some of the tannin stains.
- Use toothpaste containing small abrasive agents.
- Reduce plaque-forming bacteria in your mouth by flossing daily and brushing your teeth twice a day.
- Have your teeth cleaned regularly by a dental professional.
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