Getting professional dental care is great, but it’s also helps to know certain things that can aid you in improving the way you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Here are a few important questions about personal dental care that you should take the time to discuss with your dentist:
“Should I pick a specific kind of toothpaste?”
As long as a toothpaste bears the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, it should meet the standard criteria for safety and effectiveness. If you have specific needs, like whitening, tartar control, or desensitization, ask your dentist for recommendations to narrow down your search to options that have been proven effective.
Choosing between gel or paste, or even the flavor of the toothpaste is simply a matter of personal preferences, but you can always change your toothpaste if you find some of the ingredients irritating, or if you feel more teeth sensitivity after using a certain brand.
“Are electric toothbrushes better than normal ones?”
According to experts, manual toothbrushes can be just as good as powered toothbrushes if used the right way. Unless you have trouble moving the toothbrush around your mouth to get to the back of the teeth and gums, both types of toothbrushes will have equal results. If you have arthritis or wrist problems, you may find electric toothbrushes more comfortable to use.
“Do mouthwashes actually help?”
While mouthwashes can help freshen your breath, they don’t deal with the real cause of bad breath. They shouldn’t be used to take the place of proper brushing and flossing, but there are special, therapeutic mouthwashes that contain ingredients specially designed to cut down on gingivitis, plaque, or cavities, if you think just brushing isn’t enough.
“Do I need cosmetic dentistry?”
Unlike other kinds of dental procedures, cosmetic dentistry are elective and completely optional. However, some treatments such as dental fillings both provide functional (closes off spaces where bacteria can enter) and cosmetic (restores the appearance of your teeth) benefits. Popular cosmetic dentistry treatments include inlays/onlays, composite bonding, teeth whitening procedures, veneer applications, implants, and full mouth reconstruction.
Just one look at your mouth and your dentist already has an idea of what you need. However, caring for your dental health also requires effort from you. By working together with your dentist, it’s not impossible to have one of the best smiles around. Should you wish to learn more about dental care, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a dental professional in your area.