Questions For Your Dentists in Wappingers Falls NY?
Your dentists in Wappingers Falls NY are asked questions by patients daily concerning oral hygiene, prevention, favorite products to use and more. Below we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked ones in order to help all patients alike. If you have questions that are not answered below, contact our Poughkeepsie or Wappingers Falls NY dental offices and we will be happy to assist you!
1.Firstly, make sure to use a soft bristled brush. Hard bristled brushes can wear down the enamel of your teeth.
2. Place your brush at a 45 degree angle to your gumline. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline.
3. Use short back and forth strokes or tiny circular movements to brush your teeth. Each movement should be no bigger than the size of each tooth.
4. Make sure to use gentle strokes while brushing. Gentle strokes are effective in removing plaque, while too much pressure can wear down the enamel of your teeth.
5. Brush all surfaces of each tooth, including the outer, inner, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
6. Finally, don't cut your brushing short! Make sure to brush for at least 2 minutes.
1. Take 18" of floss and wind it around the middle finger of each hand .You can use these fingers to take up floss as it becomes dirty. Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch the floss leaving 1-2 inches in between for cleaning.
2. Gently move the floss up and down the spaces of your teeth. Never snap the floss down onto your gums, as it can cause damage.
3. As you move the floss down into the space between two teeth, slide it up and down against the surface of one tooth. Gently clean at the gumline as well. Repeat this for the other tooth.
4. Repeat this process for all of your teeth.
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place. Typically, periodontal disease occures when plaque builds up on the teeth and hardens, often due to poor brushing habits. The gums can become swollen and red in the early stage of the disease, called gingivitis. As the disease advances, periodontal disease can lead to sore and bleeding gums, pain while chewing, as well as tooth loss.
- gums that bleed while brushing
- red, swollen or tender gums
- gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- bad breath that doesn't go away
- pus between your teeth and gums
- loose teeth
- a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- a change in the fit of partial dentures
In-office teeth whitening
In-office teeth whitening works by producing a significant color change in your teeth in short amount of time, usally within an hour. The procedure is done at the dentist's office applying a high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth after they have been protected with a special shield.
Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits
These whitening kits are purchased from your doctor for use at home. The strength of the gel used in these kits is lower than that used for in-office bleaching, and thus the gel can be applied for longer periods of time. Usually the trays are worn a couple hours a day or overnight for a few days or weeks depending on the product.
Over the counter whitening
Over the counter teeth whitening kits are store-bought and use a lower concentration gel than both in-office bleachin and take-home kits purchased from your doctor. While they are cheaper, they typically are less effective than methods that can be performed by your dentist because of the low concentration gel. Additionally, over the counter trays are not custom fit for your teeth, which can result in irritation to your gums while wearing the trays.
Regardless of the cause of your bad breath, good oral hygiene and regular checkups to the dentist will help reduce it. Brushing and flossing will eliminate particles of food stuck between your teeth which emit odors. It will also help prevent or treat periodontal disease (gum disease), caused by plaque buildup on your teeth, which can lead to bad breath. Dentures should be properly cleaned and soaked overnight in antibacterial solution (unless otherwise advised by your dentist). Finally, make sure to brush your tongue regularly to eliminate any residue.
Your teeth have a layer of enamel, a strong substance made up of minerals, that protect the crowns and dentin of your teeth. Your dentin is made up of a number of nerves and when there is no protective enamel, or when it is weakened, your teeth are extremely vulnerable and can easily cause discomfort. This can occur when you're eating or drinking something, or even when you brush your teeth!
If you aren't properly brushing or flossing your teeth, and if you have a poor diet, your enamel can wear away faster than you may think.
There are several dental issues that can cause your teeth to become sensitive:
- High pressure and grinding applied to your teeth
- Aggressive or excessive brushing. Patients should only brush their teeth twice a day with a gentle hand!
- Erosion due to damaging foods and drinks, especially ones that have a high amount of acidity
- Receding of your gums that leave the root of your tooth exposed
- Post-treatment: Sometimes, patients will suffer from sensitivity after receiving treatment, but it's mostly temporary. If it goes on for a long period of time, contact your dentist immediately
The first step to correcting teeth sensitivity is to address it with your dentist as soon as possible! This discomfort can affect you during your every day routine, like eating and drinking. Let them know where the pain is starting and if there's anything that you've done to make yourself feel better.
No matter if the pain goes away, don't ignore it! Addressing this issue is extremely important and if it is ignored, your teeth could be in more danger the longer that you wait.