Oral health and gum disease frequently asked questions
At Regent Avenue Dental Centre, our patients often come to us seeking answers on how to best care for their teeth. Below, we’ve put together a handy list of their most frequently asked questions about oral health and gum disease.
How often should you visit the dentist?
For most people with regular dental and physical health, they will need to visit the dentist once every six months for a routine, preventive teeth cleaning and oral health check-up. Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems ad maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.
How safe are dental x-rays?
Dental x-rays are incredibly safe, and the level of radiation involved in a dental x-ray is very low.
How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth?
At-home whitening kits are safe and effective for minor surface stains and discoloration. As well, an in-office whitening procedure completed regularly can go a long way to improving the whiteness of your teeth. It is important to have your teeth evaluated by your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for bleaching.
What are the best ways to practice good oral hygiene at home?
- Use toothpaste that has fluoride in it.
- Cut back on sugary foods.
- Eat a diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid tobacco products.
How do you know if you’re brushing and flossing adequately?
Brush at least twice per day and floss at least once per day. The appearance and health of your gums is an excellent indicator of overall oral health. Healthy, pink gums that do not bleed when you brush, or floss indicate that your brushing and flossing habits are adequate and working to keep inflammation and decay at-bay.
How common is gum disease and what causes gum disease to start?
Gum disease is one of the most common dental conditions, with seven out of every ten people affected.
Gum disease begins when plaque, a sticky, colorless film of bacteria, food, debris and saliva is left on the teeth and gums. Then bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums and slowly destroy the bone. This can lead to tooth loss.
How can you prevent gum disease?
Proper, regular brushing and flossing is key to preventing gum disease and tooth loss. Brush every surface of the tooth and use the tip of your toothbrush to clean the inside of the top and bottom front teeth. Wrap the floss in a C shape around each tooth and swipe the floss up and down a few times to clean the tooth and gum line.
What can you do if you’re in the early stages of gum disease?
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, where the gum line is red and inflamed and may bleed easily when you brush or floss. The early stages of gum disease can be reversed. A thorough, professional cleaning, and then followed up with regular, proper brushing and flossing should change course and get your teeth and gums back into good shape.
Our team of dentists and oral hygienists at Regent Avenue Dental Centre are experienced at diagnosing and reversing the course of gum disease. We will help you identify a clear treatment path to prevent further issues caused from the disease. Your personalized dental plan will include how to properly care for your teeth and gums. To become part of our dental family, Contact Regent Avenue Dental Centre via our website or call 204.817.8915 today to book your appointment.