Here's a brief list of some FAQs
that may prove helpful upon one's visit to our dentist office in Waynesboro, VA.
Which type of toothbrush should I use?
Brand is not nearly as important as the type of bristle and size of the head. Soft toothbrushes with a small head are recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to gum recessions, whereas a small toothbrush allows for easier tooth reach and is less likely to injure your gums. It’s not necessary to scrub your teeth as long as you brush twice per day and visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings.
Is one toothpaste better than the others?
Generally no, though it is advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend that our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.
How often should I floss?
Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your brush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep the gums in good condition.
What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?
Dentists refer to tooth-colored crowns as caps.
What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
Bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. Bridges are attached to abutment teeth or implants where a partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are typically more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
What about "silver fillings" versus "white fillings"?
White colored tooth fillings are our fillings of choice because they bond to the tooth structure and help to strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. White fillings cannot be used in every situation and if a tooth is badly broken down, a crown will be necessary and can prove more satisfying for the patient.
Do I need to have a root canal just because I have a crown?
Nope. Not every tooth needing a crown requires a root canal.