Find answers to some common dental questions here. If you need further information about anything regarding oral health or dental procedures, check out our blog or contact the office and we’ll be happy to help.
The brand of toothbrush doesn’t matter so much as how you use it. We recommend using a toothbrush with a smaller head, to make it easier to get around all your teeth, and soft bristles which are gentler on your gums. Do not “scrub” your teeth hard as this can lead to gum irritation and recession.
One of the most fundamental things you can do to prevent tooth decay is to brush your teeth, ideally at least twice per day. Nowadays you can choose a toothpaste with many different benefits such as whitening, strengthening your enamel and freshening your breath. It’s really your choice but we recommend using a toothpaste with fluoride to decrease the chance of dental decay.
Flossing has more than one benefit. It not only keeps your gums healthy, it can also prevent cavities forming in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. We recommend flossing at least once per day, and if you don’t already, try flossing before you brush to dislodge any particles first.
Not everyone wants to go through dental treatments to straighten their teeth and we get that. There are many situations, however, where misaligned teeth can negatively impact a patient’s health. Gum disease, jaw pain, uneven wear and injuries to your teeth can all be caused by crooked teeth. As well as improving the way you eat, drink and speak, having straighter teeth can also give your self-confidence a boost.
Having stained or discolored teeth can make you feel self-conscious but Lupine Dental offers patients a couple of options to brighten a smile.
Teeth whitening is a safe, effective and non-invasive way to lighten tooth enamel by several shades. Professional whitening carried out by a dentist is a quick procedure and can last for several years.
Veneers can also be used to improve the look of your smile, creating a perfect appearance for one or many teeth. Contact Lupine Dental to find out more about our cosmetic treatments and services.
Losing a tooth is a dental emergency so give Lupine Dental a call straight away. If it’s possible, hold the tooth by the crown and gently rinse off the root in your own saliva, water or milk. Push the tooth back into the socket and hold it firmly in place until you get to the dentist.
If this is not possible but you still have the complete tooth, keeping it in your cheek or under your tongue is a sensible option for keeping it moist. Otherwise, put it in a container of milk and bring it to our office.
If the tooth is broken or lost, contact us for immediate advice on what to do next.