Preventative Dentistry FAQs

How often should I schedule general dental checkups and cleanings?

It is crucial to have a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. Adults are much more likely to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime if they have twice-yearly checkups. Early warning signs of tooth decay or gum disease are missed without regular checkups and can lead to severe pain, infection, or more. Regular visits allow us to check for minor dental issues before they become serious.

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease can contribute to serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, low birth weight, diabetes complications, and respiratory issues. It is also the primary cause of tooth loss. Proper oral health care prevents periodontal disease and keeps your mouth healthy.   

Daily flossing and twice daily brushing are your first line of defense against periodontal disease. Removing the sticky film on and around your teeth helps prevent gum disease. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential. We may recommend scaling, root planing, or other deep cleanings if we spot early signs of periodontal disease.

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Should I floss before or after brushing?

Floss before you brush to remove any food debris caught between the teeth. It also removes more plaque buildup on your teeth, which your toothbrush will brush away. The beneficial fluoride in toothpaste also lasts longer if you floss before brushing.

What kind of toothbrush and floss should I use?

It is worth investing in an electric toothbrush since it does better cleaning than a manual toothbrush. Whatever type of brush you use, opt for soft bristles. These clean without damaging your tooth enamel.

Most people prefer traditional string floss for its ease of use, but you can try several kinds to find what works best for you. Floss comes in a wide variety, including waxed, unwaxed, string, and tape styles. We can advise you on the best type of floss for your needs if you have questions.

My cavity does not hurt. Do I need a filling?

Yes. Once a cavity starts, if it is not filled, the decay spreads, damaging the tooth enamel and eventually the pulp inside the tooth. The longer you wait to get a dental filling, the more severe the damage, which can lead to tooth loss, damage to adjoining teeth, and infection.

How do I protect my teeth from wearing down?

Everyone’s teeth wear down some over the years. Talking, chewing, and aging all contribute to normal wear and tear. Excessive wear may result from teeth grinding, TMJ Disorder, or a misaligned bite. Excessive tooth wear contributes to cavities and broken or cracked teeth and can cause neck pain, chronic headaches, and other problems. If your teeth are wearing too quickly, we may recommend an oral appliance to prevent teeth grinding and help relax your jaw.

Preventive dentistry’s goal is to protect your teeth for a lifetime of healthy eating and smiling. If you have not seen a dentist in more than six months, now is the time to call us at Main Line Dental Group Phone Number 610-971-0717 and schedule your appointment.