At the office of Dr. Emad Morris, we find that the same questions tend to crop up time and again. Here, we’ll list some of the more common questions and what we recommend for your dental health.
Q: How Often Should I Brush?
A: Brush at least twice a day. If you can, brush after every meal. Brushing removes plaque, a film of bacteria that clings to teeth. When bacteria in plaque come into contact with food, they produce acids. These acids lead to cavities.
Q: How Often Should I Floss?
A: Floss at least once a day. Flossing gets rid of food and plaque between the teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach. If plaque stays between teeth, it can harden into tartar, which must be removed at the dentist’s office.
Q: How Often Should I See My Dentist?
A: You should visit the dentist usually twice a year. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, it’s important to have regular check-ups and professional cleanings. You should also see your dentist if you experience any pain in your teeth or mouth or have bleeding, swollen gums.
Q: What is Plaque?
A: Plaque is a sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria, which is constantly forming on teeth. Saliva, food and fluids combine to produce these deposits that collect on teeth and at the line where teeth and gums meet.
Plaque build-up is the primary factor in periodontal (gum) disease. Fighting plaque is a life-long component of oral care.
Plaque begins forming on teeth 4 to 12 hours after brushing which is why it is so important to brush at least twice daily and floss daily.
Q: What is a Root Canal?
A: A root canal, also called endodontic treatment, is a common and safe procedure to treat an infection in the pulp of the tooth. Years ago, damaged and diseased teeth were removed. The advent of modern dental techniques have enabled dentists to save and repair damaged teeth through root canal treatment.
Infected teeth that are not extracted or repaired will be a source of infection, contaminating the body and weakening the immune system. Because damaged teeth do not heal on their own, as they get worse they will continue to damage bone and be the source of extreme pain.
Q: How Important Is Diet to Healthy Teeth?
A: A healthy, balanced diet is a very important part of caring for your teeth. A nourishing, low-sugar diet is the first prerequisite for healthy teeth.