Prevention is a key component of your overall dental health. At Green Tree Dental, Dr. Hess, Dr. Laos and our team provide general dental care that includes complete preventive care. We do all we can to help you avoid problems with your smile in the future.
As part of our commitment to providing complete family dentistry, we offer an array of general dental treatments to our patients.
In short, yes! We’re glad to hear that you brush your teeth the recommended twice a day for at least two minutes each time, but brushing can’t clean all the places that we can. Not even flossing can remove the plaque and tartar that our tools can. Plus, we’re able to take a close look at your teeth and gums during your exam and check for signs of oral cancer, which is very curable if caught early. The best thing to do is schedule your next appointment with us when you’re checking out!
Absolutely not; in fact, floss more frequently! Your gums are bleeding because of some level of gingivitis. The best way to counteract that is to floss more to remove more of the bacteria. As you remove it, your gums will bleed less and be less irritated. You should also let us know at your next appointment, so we can make sure there isn’t a more serious underlying issue.
While the flavor of toothpaste is up to you, we recommend making sure it has 0.24% fluoride to help keep the enamel strong. Your goal for your teeth (whitening, countering sensitivity, etc.) will also help you decide which is best for you.
As for the toothbrush, make sure you get one with soft bristles that isn’t too big for your mouth. Getting a brush that’s the right size for you is important for making sure that you reach all tooth surfaces while you’re brushing.