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Dental FAQs

How can I prevent cavities or white spots on my teeth?

To prevent cavities and/or early caries, known as white spots, you must brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. We recommend brushing with a pea size amount of toothpaste for adults (13 years and older) and a rice size amount for kids (2 to 12 years). Flossing once a day is crucial for preventing interproximal cavities. We also recommend rinsing with an anticavity mouthwash, which can be purchased over the counter. This mouthrinse is used after brushing and, when used correctly, has shown to prevent caries and remineralize incipient carious lesions on teeth.

Do I need to see my dentist while in braces?

Of course! It is much harder to keep your teeth clean while in braces than without them. So, it is imperative to keep up with your orthodontic appointments, as well as your general dentist appointments. Your teeth are more susceptible to decay when in braces, since it is more difficult to brush and floss them around the brackets and wire.

How often do I need to see my dentist?

It is recommended that you go to the dentist at least every 6 months. If you have periodontal disease, it is recommended that you visit your dentist every 3 to 4 months.

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath is caused by bacteria. Neglecting to keep up with regular dental visits, cleanings, brushing and flossing causes food particles to remain in your mouth. These food particles cause bacterial growth between and on teeth, gums and on the tongue, causing bad breath.

What can I do if I have dry mouth?

If you have dry mouth caused by medications, we always recommend over-the-counter dry mouth products. These help to stimulate saliva flow and come in several different products: mouth rinse, toothpaste, moisturizing spray and moisturizing gel. Just chewing gum with xylitol can help to stimulate saliva flow.  If you have severe dry mouth and these products do not work, it is suggested that you visit your medical doctor for further treatment.

How do I take care of my retainer?

Clean your removable retainers by rinsing them daily with water and rubbing your fingers around indentations where food may get caught. Brushing your retainer with a soft toothbrush and using a mouthrinse always helps.  An at-home remedy of soaking retainers for about 30 minutes in a mixture of 10% distilled white vinegar and 90% water works, as well.