Some FADQs (Frequently Asked Dental Questions) for You
We know that a visit to our office can bring upon nervous feelings for some of our patients. We also know that it can be a bit confusing to determine when you might need treatment or in what circumstance you should pay a visit to our office. We frequently have patients call the office to ask questions about a treatment or an appointment. While we love hearing from our patients at any time, we thought it might be helpful to compile some of our most frequently asked questions. Click here to read the questions and responses, we might just answer one of the questions you have.
Frequently Asked Dental Questions
Being that pretty much everyone has questions about coming to the dentist, we decided to take some of the more common questions and answer them for you.
How often do I need to see the dentist?
We recommend that all patients, no matter their age, visit our office every six months for a hygiene examination. At that time, we not only clean and inspect your teeth, but we also monitor problems areas and check for conditions such as gum disease and oral cancer.
Do I really need to floss daily?
Yes, flossing is the best way to remove bacteria that remains between the teeth after brushing. We also suggest flossing if you eat a food that you know will get stuck between your teeth.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
When brushing the recommended 2-3 minutes twice daily, your toothbrush will need to be replaced every three months. If you notice any wear on the bristles, you should replace it sooner. Patients who are being treated for gum disease will need to replace their toothbrush approximately every six weeks to eliminate the spread of bacteria. If you have been sick, we recommend replacing your toothbrush immediately.
My family member has braces. Do they still need to visit the dentist?
Yes! Although you may visit an orthodontist to check your braces, it is extremely important to continue to visit our office regularly. As a matter of fact, it is even more important to continue with your regular dental treatment when wearing braces as there is a greater risk of tooth decay from the food particles that may linger between the hardware.
If you have an additional question that was not answered or if you are in need of an appointment, please call our office located in Canandaigua, NY. We would love to hear from you.