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Family Dentist Answers the Top Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Health

Dental health is one of the most important aspects of our overall health. Yet, it can also be one of the most confusing. That’s why we have put together this list of the top frequently asked questions about dental health and answered them for you! From what a cavity is to how often you should change your toothbrush, we have got you covered! So, sit back, relax, and read on to learn more about taking care of your pearly whites!

How Often Should I Go To My Family Dentist?

This is a great question! Depending on your age, dental health, and family history, you may need to visit your family dentist more or less often. However, the general rule of thumb is that you should go at least once every six months for a check-up and cleaning. This will help to ensure that your teeth are healthy and that any problems are caught early on.

What Is A Cavity?

A cavity is a small hole in your tooth that can be caused by decay. If left untreated, cavities can become larger and cause pain or even infection. That’s why it’s important to see your dentist regularly so that any cavities can be found and treated early on!

How Can I Prevent Cavities?

There are a few different things you can do to help prevent cavities. First, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly. You should also avoid sugary foods and drinks, as they can cause decay. Finally, be sure to see your family dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings!

When Should I Change My Toothbrush?

You should change your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if it starts to show signs of wear. Additionally, replace your toothbrush after you have been sick so that you don’t re-infect yourself!

Why Should I Floss?

Flossing is important because it helps to remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth and places that your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque and bacteria can lead to cavities and other dental problems, so floss daily!

What’s The Best Toothbrush To Use?

There are a lot of different toothbrushes on the market, so it can be tough to choose the right one. However, most dentists recommend using a soft-bristled brush as they are gentle on your teeth and gums. Look for a toothbrush with a small head so that you can reach all of your teeth easily!

What Kind Of Toothpaste Should I Use?

Again, there are a lot of different options out there when it comes to toothpaste. However, most dentists recommend using fluoride toothpaste as it helps to prevent cavities. Look for a toothpaste that is ADA-approved so that you know it is effective!

Is Mouthwaste Important?

Mouthwash can be a great way to help keep your mouth clean and healthy. It can also help to prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, use an ADA-approved mouthwash so that you know it is effective!

What Is Fluoride & Why Is It Important?

Fluoride is a mineral that helps to prevent cavities. It is often added to water supplies and toothpaste and can also be found in some mouthwashes. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth, making them more resistant to decay.

I Think I Might Have A Cavity; What Should I Do?

If you think you might have a cavity, the best thing to do is to see your family dentist. They will be able to confirm whether or not you have a cavity and recommend the best course of treatment. Avoid sugary foods and drinks until you can see your dentist, as they can cause further decay!

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is often caused by plaque and bacteria, so it’s important to brush and floss regularly.

The Signs Of Gum Disease

The early signs of gum disease include gums that bleed easily, persistent bad breath, and receding gums. If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment to see your dentist.

How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day or after every meal if possible. Make sure to also floss daily and see your family dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings!

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is when you experience pain or discomfort in your teeth when they are exposed to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. Sensitivity can also be caused by gum disease, tooth decay, cracked teeth, or worn enamel. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, the best thing to do is to see your family dentist so that they can determine the cause and recommend the best course of treatment.

How Do I Deal With Dental Emergencies?

If you have a dental emergency, consult your family dentist right away. They will be able to assess the situation and recommend the best course of treatment. To relieve pain, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers until your dentist can see you.

When Should My Child First See The Dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that children should see a dentist within six months of their first tooth erupting or by their first birthday. However, if you have any concerns about your child’s oral health, see your dentist as soon as possible!

My Teeth Are Fine. Do I Really Need To See The Dentist?

Yes! It’s important to see your family dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, even if you think your teeth are fine. Dentists can spot problems early on and recommend the best course of treatment.

What Is A Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once it has healed, an artificial tooth (called a crown) is placed on top of the implant. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth.


Keeping your mouth healthy is important, so we hope this article has answered some of your questions. Contact us today if you need a dental appointment or have any other questions. We would be happy to help you!

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About Dr. Elston Wong

Dr. Elston Wong completed his dental degree at The University of Toronto in 1999 before arriving in Barrie in 2002. After graduating, he continued to learn everything he could about dentistry. Now he has taken the time to share important information for anyone to read.

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