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FAQs - Dr.Douglas Read D.D.S



Q: How often should I brush and floss?

A: The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially before going to bed, and that you floss daily. Brushing and flossing helps control plaque and bacteria in your mouth. If plaque is left alone for too long, it can cause tooth decay and other oral diseases.

Q: How long should I brush my teeth?

A: At least two minutes of brushing will make sure you have thoroughly cleaned your entire mouth. Spend about 1 minute on your top teeth and 1 minute on your bottom teeth and don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. Doing so can help keep your breath smelling fresh.

Q: How often should I visit the dentist?
A:You should have your teeth cleaned and checked at least twice a year or in some cases as often as your dentist recommends. If you ever have pain or discomfort in your mouth, don’t hesitate to see your dentist right away instead of waiting for your next regular appointment. Regular dental visits will help maintain the health of your teeth and gums and in the long run avoid more costly treatment. They can also help detect oral cancer, remove plaque and tartar, and evaluate your gums for signs of periodontal disease.

Q: What will my first appointment with Dr.Read entail?
A: At your first appointment, you will receive a thorough dental exam. The exam will include digital x-rays, an oral cancer screening, blood pressure check, and cleaning tailored to each individual’s needs. As necessary give you a full treatment plan and treatment options available. You become part of the treatment plan process to ensure you understand your oral health condition and what your options are. Finally, we will talk about insurance, any concerns you have and recommend appropriate treatments. “Rome wasn’t built in a day”! We have a very practical approach to all dental treatment and how dentistry may be integrated into your budget.

Q: At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

A: Baby teeth can start coming in anytime between 6-10 months. The American Dental Association recommends that you bring your child in no later than their first birthday and then at intervals recommended by your dentist.

Q: My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?

A: Even if your teeth feel fine, it is still important to have a regular check-up by a dentist. Some problems can be prevented before they get painful and it’s always a good idea to have a nice, professional cleaning of your teeth. While at the dentist, you can also look into whitening your teeth, getting any fillings you may need, or getting a tooth implant.

Q: When should I change my toothbrush?

A: You should change your toothbrush every 3 months because it becomes worn out and not as effective. Electric toothbrushes will have a different time period so make sure you follow the instructions from the manufacturer. It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every 4-6 weeks if you have gum disease and to get a new toothbrush after you have been sick. Always rinse out your toothbrush with hot water after every use to keep it clean and make it last longer.

Q: What should I do if I have bad breath?

A: Bad breath is generally caused by microbial deposits on the tongue but can also be caused by certain foods, poor oral hygiene, and gum disease. The solution to get rid of bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene, see your dentist regularly, or simply brushing your tongue after you finish brushing your teeth.

Q: What is gum disease?

A: Gum disease is an infection inside your gums. It can cause you to lose your teeth if not treated. Gum disease is usually painless, so going to a dentist for a check-up can help with detection. Some warning signs include: gums that bleed easily, swollen and tender gums, receding gum lines, and permanent teeth that become loose.

Q: If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

A: Yes, indeed! It can be even more important for you to visit the dentist if you have braces because food may be caught in places your toothbrush can’t reach. If left alone, it can cause bacteria to build up and lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Luckily, Dr. Read can be your orthodontist AND your dentist at the same time to reduce multiple visits to different places.

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