Patient education is at the forefront of our dental practice. We want our dental patients to know how to maintain their smiles at home so they can support years of oral health. Our dental team also helps patients learn the best ways to care for their smiles during regular visits. If you have questions about dentistry and oral hygiene, read oral health FAQs from our practice in Fleming Island, FL.
Dental FAQs in Fleming Island, FL
Discover more about how to care for your oral health with answers to these popular questions:
What is the best way to brush your teeth?
If you own a manual toothbrush, begin brushing at a 45-degree angle by your gum line. Rotate the brush over the front of each tooth for about 5 rotations. Once you brush the outside teeth, move to the chewing surfaces and then the inside of the teeth. Repeat this process if you have an electric toothbrush. However, you do not need to rotate your brush as the bristles rotate for you.
Is there a particular type of floss I need to use?
Thin floss is best if you have tight spaces between your teeth. If you have larger gaps between teeth, look for thicker floss. Some patients with dentures or bridges benefit from interdental floss or water picks.
What can I do about bad breath?
Bad breath or halitosis can have many causes, from food, dry mouth, or gum disease. You can take steps to alleviate bad breath at home and in our office. When left in the mouth, some foods like garlic and onions cause bad breath. Brushing and flossing can remove food debris, particularly brushing the tongue, which can help.
If dry mouth is the cause of your bad breath, remember to hydrate regularly. A lack of saliva in the mouth can lead to halitosis. Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a common oral health problem marked by bacterial buildup in the mouth. Regular dental care and oral hygiene can remove this harmful bacteria.
Why do I need regular dental x-rays and cleanings?
At routine dental treatments, we provide cleanings and x-rays. Professional cleanings remove bacterial build-up from the teeth and gums. We use specialized dental tools to clean areas of the mouth that can be hard to reach with a toothbrush and floss. Taking digital x-rays on a regular basis helps us keep track of tooth development and emerging dental problems.
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Do you have more questions for our dental team? Contact 904-284-9911. Please schedule a dental appointment with us on our website if you need dental care.