Frequently Asked Questions
We constantly encourage our patients to ask questions, because we want our patients to fully understand the importance of proper dental care. At Showground Dental care, we believe the more our patients know the lesser chance they will run into problems down the road. For this reason, we do our very best not to just treat our patients, but to educate them. Here are answers to some of our patients’ most common questions:
My Gums Bleed. Is That OK?
No. Bleeding gums are common but not OK. In a healthy state gums do not bleed. Bleeding is often an indication that the gums are inflamed. The inflammation is generally a response to the bacteria on the surface of the teeth. The surface inflammation is Gingivitis. The bleeding may also arise from Periodontitis or traumatic cleaning. Bleeding gums are sometimes associated with serious medical conditions. A dental practitioner should check bleeding gums.
What Should I Do If Brushing Or Flossing Makes My Gums Bleed?
If your gums bleed or become sore after flossing, do not panic. If you have not been flossing regularly then the gums will be inflamed and will bleed more easily. If the bleeding persists — see your dentist.
What Technique Should I Use For Cleaning Teeth?
When brushing your teeth it is best to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, aiming the bristles of your brush toward the gum line. The join between the teeth and the gum is a nice niche for bacteria and plaque to accumulate, so it is important to get to this area.
Once you have the brush at the correct angle, all you need to do is jiggle the brush gently back and forward, only brushing one or two teeth at a time. Don’t be excessively vigorous but also don’t be too mild.
Remember. Your are trying to penetrate the bristles into the gaps between teeth to remove a very soft plaque.
You need to be systematic – brushing all teeth in order, inside and outside – and you really should do it in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing.
How Long Should I Brush?
Proper brushing should take two to three minutes.
Is Brushing Alone Enough?
Good brushing is very important to help prevent dental decay and periodontal disease, however brushing alone is not enough. It is also very important to clean between your teeth. This is why flossing is so important.
How Often Should I Floss?
You should floss every day.
Choosing A Toothbrush
The best toothbrush is one with a small head and soft bristles. Electric toothbrushes can also be very good, particularly for people who find proper brushing techniques difficult to master.
Choosing A Toothpaste
Always use a toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride combines with minerals in your saliva to toughen your tooth enamel and help stop decay.
What Causes Dental Caries?
Dental decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth make acid which then dissolves the tooth. Bacteria only produce this acid when they are exposed to sugar.
How Can I Prevent Dental Caries?
If you have a sensible diet, a good flow of saliva, a cleaning routine and your teeth get an appropriate fluoride exposure, you are unlikely to get decay. So, you can prevent decay by:
- being careful with how often you eat sugary foods or have sugary drinks.
- brushing and flossing your teeth carefully to reduce the amount of bacteria on their surfaces.
- using fluoride toothpaste. This will make the surfaces of teeth more resistant to acid. The fluoride in our water supply strengthens the developing teeth of infants and children.