Navigating your oral health can be confusing. There’s a lot more to it than just brushing your teeth before bed and visiting Dr. Collins every once in awhile for a cleaning. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding oral care.

Question 1: What’s the Best Toothbrush and Toothpaste?

Answer: There’s no one answer to this question, unfortunately. The right toothpaste depends on your unique needs. A good way to go is to look for the American Dental Association seal of approval when perusing the shelves. When it comes to a toothbrush, be sure to choose soft-bristled to protect gums and teeth from vigorous brushing, which can wear away enamel. As long as you are brushing consistently and for the right amount of time (two minutes), a manual brush is sufficient, but if you know you struggle with your brushing routine, you may want to consider an electric toothbrush.

Question 2: How Often Do I Really Need to Visit the Dentist?

Answer: If you are in prime oral health and nothing has changed since your last visit, twice a year is the recommendation for visiting the dentist. Even though some people think they don’t need a visit every six months, it can actually save you money and potential pain in the long run. Most dental problems are caused by a buildup of plaque. If you have your teeth cleaned every six months, Dr. Collins can show you areas you may be missing and remove the plaque there before it becomes a problem. It also gives him the chance to check for any other developing problems before they get out of hand.

Question 3: How Can I Get Whiter Teeth?

Answer: It’s the reason many people visit the dentist: They want whiter, healthier-looking smiles. In the age of selfies, a white smile has never been more valuable. Simply maintaining a consistent oral care routine that involves flossing and brushing is the best thing you can do to keep teeth white. Even though over-the-counter whiteners can be tempting, the safest and most effective way to whiten teeth is with a professional whitening treatment overseen by Dr. Collins. 

Question 4: What Are My Options for Replacing a Lost Tooth?

Answer: A lost tooth can have serious consequences for the whole mouth and even the structure of the face if it isn’t replaced. The best solution is to replace a lost tooth with a dental implant because it replaces the tooth from the root up. Other options include a denture or bridge.

Question 5: Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Answer: If gums bleed when flossing, you likely have the beginning stages of gum disease, called gingivitis. It’s caused by a buildup of plaque, but the good news is if you treat it right away it can likely be resolved with no permanent damage. A deep cleaning from Dr. Collins and an improvement of your daily oral hygiene routine usually does the trick.

For any other questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Collins, call our office today at 509-581-4188.