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Happy Oral Health Month – Common Questions Answered

Happy Oral Health Month! We want to celebrate by talking about oral health – answering some common questions we hear frequently.

Question 1 – Is Flossing Really That Important?

Yes! Flossing really is that important as your toothbrush can only reach so many areas. Flossing ensures that you are cleaning in between the teeth and down to the gumline – areas your brush may miss. Our best tip to make flossing easy by doing it while watching TV. Remember you should aim to floss at least once a day.

Question 2 – Can Drinking Water Help Prevent Tooth Decay?

Yes, drinking water can actually help prevent tooth decay. Drinking water after eating or drinking beverages that contain acidic properties or sugar can help rinse the teeth. This rinse of the teeth aids in washing away residual sugars, which can lead to bacteria growth, which then can lead to tooth decay if not removed from the teeth by brushing. There are several reasons to drink water and promoting a healthy smile is just one of the many! Be sure to check out our article, “10 Reasons to Drink More Water”.

Question 3 – Are Baby Teeth Important?

Yes, your child’s primary teeth, “baby teeth”, serve a very important role in creating placeholders for the permanent teeth, aiding in speech, chewing, and many other functions. You can learn more about baby teeth by reading our article, “The Importance of Baby Teeth”.

Question 4 – How Often Do I Need to Visit the Dentist?

This answer can vary, however, for most people it is recommended that you come in for regular hygiene visits every 6 months.

Question 5 – How Can I Whiten My Teeth?

The best and safest way to improve the visual appearance of your teeth is to come in for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. This allows us to examine your smile and make the best recommendation for you.

Have More Questions?

Still, have more questions about your oral health? We love to chat! Feel free to bring a list of questions you might have in on your next visit – we’d love to answer them!