Frequently Asked Dental Care Questions
It’s perfectly normal to have questions about your dental care – after all, dentistry is a part of the medical field, and there are plenty of things you may want to know about your health! We tend to hear some questions pretty regularly, so we’ve written up answers here for your benefit!
If you still have questions for us, don’t hesitate to contact one of our two Winnipeg area locations. We’re here to help! You can also contact us using our online form.
It’s important to establish a regular care routine with your dentist – you wouldn’t avoid physicals for years, so don’t avoid the dentist, either! In order to best treat and prevent any issues, we recommend seeing us at one of our two Winnipeg area offices every six months. While you’re here, we’ll conduct a thorough exam of your oral health, clean your teeth, and develop a treatment plan to ensure your good continued oral health!
In some cases, we may suggest that you come visit us more frequently. That is usually the case if you have or are recovering from gum disease or other decay and infection issues.
Cavities begin when plaque is left unchecked. Plaque is the sticky white stuff on your teeth that builds up over the course of the day. Plaque is a breeding ground for bacteria, which eat the starch and sugars in the foods you eat throughout the day. The bacteria produces acid, which slowly destroys the enamel of your teeth.
Once your teeth are jeopardized by decay, cavities begin to form, likely resulting in fillings. Left unchecked, decay can progress further and further until it reaches the inner part of your tooth, called the dental pulp. Once that happens, you will usually have to have a root canal. By practicing good home care habits and seeing the dentist regularly, however, you can avoid cavities entirely!
Brushing your teeth correctly is an important part of ensuring good oral health! It can be hard to break bad habits, but it’s never too late!
Start by holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth. When brushing, sweep down from the gumline and pay attention to each tooth individually. Move from tooth to tooth and repeat, hitting every tooth and each surface – outside, inside, and the chewing surface! A good, solid brushing should take at least two minutes, and make sure you do it at least twice a day!
It’s also important to floss regularly – we recommend once a day. Grab a length of floss, about 18 inches, and wrap it around your middle fingers. Work the floss gently into the spaces between your teeth, moving to the bottom and then back out again. Make sure to use a clean spot of floss each time!
We always recommend using a soft-bristled brush. Hard bristles have a tendency to irritate your gums, and if you are a hard brusher, they can cause damage to gums and teeth. Brushing gently with a soft-bristled brush will ensure maximum plaque removal and care for your teeth.