A General Dentist Discusses Commonly Asked Health Questions

IfGeneral Dentist you want answers, speak with a general dentist.  We are experts regarding oral health and can help you to stay healthy and cavity free. If you do develop an issue, we can treat it right away so that you can feel better and get back to normal health. In the meantime, we have realized that many people don’t know very much about dental care, something we aim to correct. Here are a few of the questions that we have been asked on a regular basis. 

Is it okay if I only brush once a day?

No, it’s not.  This may seem convenient but if you only brush once per day you are selling yourself short while exposing yourself to the potential for cavities and gum disease.  You should actually brush three times a day, floss once per day, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash. This will give you the best chance of removing the plaque and bacteria that can lead to oral health problems.  Just remember that you need to be brushing with a new, soft toothbrush in order to get the best results. 

My gums hurt when I brush them, why?

You may be brushing too aggressively or using a hard toothbrush.  If this is the case, we recommend buying a new toothbrush and being sure to brush in a circular pattern.  However, typically your gums will hurt or feel irritated because you have gum disease.  This is a perfectly treatable condition that, unfortunately, many people simply live with. Common signs of gum disease are gums that are red, swollen or bleeding.  If your gums start to pull away from your teeth creating pockets or making your teeth appear longer than normal, you should call our general dentist office and schedule an appointment to determine the best course of treatment. 

Can I live with a cavity?

You can, but you shouldn’t.  A cavity is really just a decayed portion of your tooth.  It needs to be removed, and the area should be cleaned. Next, a filling is typically used to restore the missing tooth structure. This is an essential step for ensuring that you can bite down on your tooth and eat with comfort.  As a general dentist, we want your cavity to be tread immediately so that it doesn’t have the chance to spread or create a severe toothache. 

What is making my teeth sensitive when I eat and drink?

You may have a loss of enamel.  This is the hard outer shell of your tooth.  It can wear away over time or be ripped off due to damage. When it does, you have a problem because the dentin underneath is porous, and this is where your nerve endings are.  If anything touches them, the tooth will feel sensitive.  In order to protect you from experiencing unnecessary irritation, we may recommend that you have dental crowns placed in order to prevent anything from directly touching your tooth. This has proven to be an effective method, and we use it frequently in our general dentist office.