The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums.
It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
Generally, no. However, it's advisable to use a toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use whatever toothpaste tastes good to them, as long as it contains fluoride.
How often should I floss?
Flossing your teeth once per day helps prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps keep your gums healthy.
What's the difference between a crown and a cap?
Both are used to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel.
Dentists refer to all of these restorations as crowns. However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as caps and the gold or stainless steel ones as crowns. In medical terms, they are two names for the same procedure.
Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient.
Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason to avoid amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting white, or tooth-colored, composite fillings.
We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they bond to the tooth structure better and so help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. White fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature and blend in better.
However, white fillings cannot be used in every situation. If a tooth is badly broken, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better overall satisfaction for the patient than just a filling would.
No. While most teeth that have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.
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