Many patients often have questions about dental care, whether they’re in good oral health or require treatment. Dr. Jordan Morris wants his dental patients to be educated about their own oral health and how to care for their smiles at home. Patient education helps patients make good choices about their dental health and maintain healthy smiles. Here we answer common FAQs about dental care and our dental office in Sahuarita, AZ.
Dental FAQs in Sahuarita, AZ
Learn how to care for your smile at home and in our office with answers to these popular questions:
What can I do if I have stained teeth?
If you have one or more stained teeth, we recommend professional whitening treatments. These treatments can remove stains on the enamel or extrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains are beneath the enamel and are more difficult to remove. We may recommend veneers or dental bonding treatment to cover tooth stains from dentin, the underlayer beneath the enamel.
How do you properly floss and brush your teeth?
When flossing, hold the floss tightly against the tooth and move the floss up and down between each tooth. If you use a manual toothbrush, brush in circular motions, moving from the outside to the chewing surfaces and behind the teeth. You do not need to use circular motions if you use an electric toothbrush. Flossing before brushing can help remove food debris and provide a better clean.
What is plaque?
Plaque is a bacterial film that sticks to the teeth and gums. This film forms from food debris and saliva. Harmful bacteria feed on food particles and create digestive acids. Over time, plaque hardens to form calculus or tartar. Plaque and tartar can damage the gum and bone tissue, leading to gum disease and tooth decay.
How often do you need to visit the dentist?
Most patients need to visit the dentist biannually or every six months. However, if you have problems like chronic gum disease, we will recommend more frequent visits. Professional care can help keep oral health problems in check and prevent the development of new dental issues.
Do You Have Any More Questions?
Call our office at 520.412.9162 or request a dental appointment with us online. We’re here to answer your questions and help plan your treatment.