Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Arundel, ME

Ask Your Arundel Dentist

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Patient education is just as important to us as providing you with top-of-the-line clinical care, because empowering you with knowledge that will help you protect your oral health is just another way we strive to serve you. We’ve gone ahead and answered some of the most common dental questions we receive below, but you can always call us and ask whatever is on your mind.

Should I brush my teeth before or after breakfast?

There are different views about this, but most dental professionals believe that brushing your teeth in the morning before breakfast is the way to go. That’s because throughout the night, bacteria build up in your mouth, and those bacteria like to feed on one thing—sugar! So rather than eating breakfast and giving the bacteria exactly what it wants, it’s better to remove most of it through brushing and then eat.  This will also curtail morning breath!

What can I do to maintain good oral hygiene at home?

To maintain good oral hygiene, it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth, and rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash. Additionally, limit sugary and acidic foods, and drink plenty of water to promote saliva production, which helps protect your teeth.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

In case of a dental emergency, it is crucial to contact us as soon as possible. We will guide you over the phone and schedule an appointment if necessary. If you have severe pain, swelling, a broken tooth, or excessive bleeding, you may need immediate attention.

How can I alleviate tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by various factors such as tooth decay, gum recession, or enamel erosion. To reduce it, use a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth, avoid consuming extremely hot or cold foods and beverages, and try using a soft-bristled toothbrush. If the sensitivity persists, give us a call so we can get to the bottom of the problem.

Are there any alternatives to traditional metal braces for straightening teeth?

Yes, there are alternative orthodontic treatments available. The most popular option involves clear aligners, such as SureSmile, which are transparent and removable trays that gradually move your teeth into alignment. They are ideally suited for teens and adults thanks to their discreet appearance and reduced treatment time compared to regular braces.

What can be done to improve the appearance of my smile?

There are various cosmetic dentistry procedures available to enhance the appearance of your smile. Teeth whitening can brighten discolored teeth, veneers can improve their shape and color, and dental bonding can repair chipped or cracked teeth. Additionally, a smile makeover can combine multiple procedures to create your ideal look and remove several flaws at once.