We get a lot of general dental questions. Below are the top questions that everyone seems to ask. Did one of your questions make the list? If not, reach out by simply texting 423.713.5555 and we’ll text you back!
Do I Really Need To Floss?
Do you really need to floss? The short answer is yes. Flossing clears plaque buildup and food from between teeth and under your gums. If you don’t floss regularly, you leave food and plaque between the teeth and under the gums that can cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends flossing once a day. Some people prefer to floss before bed so that the mouth is clean while they sleep.
How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?
The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes each time. The key thing that most people make a mistake on is the duration and how exactly they brush their teeth. The ADA has a great video on how to properly brush teeth.
Does mouthwash help?
Mouthwash does not replace your regular tooth brushing routine or daily flossing. That said, mouthwash, can help protect teeth against acids produced by plaque bacteria, if you use them after you have thoroughly brushed and flossed your teeth. Click the link here for a full list of ADA Accepted mouthwash: https://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/ada-seal-products/product-category?supercategory=Mouthrinses