FAQ

We often get asked a variety of questions about oral healthcare and what you should do to maintain the health of your mouth. While we love talking to our readers directly, we don’t always have time to answer every single question. We decided to create this FAQ page to help you take better care of your mouth.

 

How often should I visit the dentist?

Generally, you should head in for a cleaning and checkup every six months. However, some people may need to go more or less often. Your dentist will let you know exactly when they need to see you next at the end of your appointment.

 

What causes cavities?

Sugary foods that are left in your mouth tend to attract the most bacteria, and they create high levels of plaque, which will eventually turn into tartar. Over time, this tartar can lead to cavities. You can prevent this from happening by brushing your teeth twice a day for about two minutes. You should also rinse your mouth out after every meal.

 

How often should I change my toothbrush?

You should generally replace your toothbrush when it starts looking worn down and the bristles begin to fray. This generally happens every two to three months. You may also want to replace your toothbrush if it has come into contact with a bacteria ridden surface (like a floor), or if you used it while you were sick.

 

Do I need to floss?

Yes, absolutely! Many people like to skip this step if they are short on time, but it is actually incredibly important. Floss removes food particles containing bacteria that are stuck between your teeth. This prevents tooth decay and cavities.

 

How can I reduce tooth sensitivity?

There are actually special toothpastes that are designed specifically for this purpose. You may also want to avoid extremely hot and cold foods as well as acidic foods while you are working on reducing your tooth sensitivity.