Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?
A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle that is on the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because most toothbrushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums. This allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to irritate the gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing and flossing every day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?
A: Generally,no. However, it's advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Q: How often should I floss?
A: Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming. Flossing also reaches where you toothbrush can't. Flossing also helps to keep your smile healthy.
Q: What's the difference between a "crown" and "cap"?
A: These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay, the crown material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. However, patient's often refer to these as "caps" and to the gold or stainless steel as "crowns".
Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is attatched to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient.