FAQ: Oral Care

Is diet soda better for teeth than regular soda?

Diet soda does not contain sugar, which makes them better for teeth. However, they do have acid in them which can cause erosion on the teeth. Drinking soda is fine, as long as it is done in moderation.

The time that you take to drink the soda has an effect on how it damages your teeth. Rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after drinking the soda and try to refrain from drinking them all day long.

What should I know about periodontal disease?

This is a condition that arises from the accumulation of tartar, stains and bacteria and a lot of times a mild infection occurs. This causes a loss of bone that holds the teeth in. This can cause the teeth to fall out and by working with a Pleasanton dentist, you’re able to halt the onset and repair the damages.

How can Fluoride help me?

Fluoride can protect your teeth from decay. By having fluoride at a young age, you’re protecting your adult teeth. When adults use it, it can help to reverse smaller areas that may have decay.

Fluoride is able to be found in water or if the water you have does not contain it, through treatments from the Pleasanton dentist.

Is flossing necessary?

It is necessary to floss your teeth since this can remove any buildup of plaque that might accumulate between the teeth. If you just brush, the plaque will stay in these crevices and can cause decay to form in the teeth.

If I rinse, should I use mouthwash?

You’re able to get a fresh feeling when you choose to use mouthwash to clean your mouth. If it is possible, go with an alcohol free solution. The alcohol can dry out the mouth and decrease any saliva which can increase the amount of bacteria and increase bad breath.

Which toothpaste is the best to use?

The brand of toothpaste does not matter just as long as it has Fluoride in it. The toothpaste that you use should have a pleasant flavor that you can tolerate.

How much time should I take brushing my teeth?

You should brush your teeth twice a day, for at least 2 to 3 minutes each time. This should be a normal routine for you and done and ended at the same side of the mouth.

The normal time however, for Americans to brush is around 45-60 seconds each time a day. You’re able to find electric toothbrushes that have timers on them to help you brush for the specified amount of time.

If I do not have time to brush my teeth, can I slow down the production of acid?

Every time you eat, you should rinse your mouth using water. This is able to reduce the bacteria in your mouth by 30%. Also, it has been shown that chewing gum without sugar or with Xylotol can decrease decay in the mouth.

If I have canker sores or ulcers in my mouth, what can be done for them?

If there are ulcers in your mouth, they can be difficult to treat and they may not be able to be eliminated. They can be caused by a number of reasons such as a viral source or trauma of the mouth. There may be medication that can clear up the ulcers quicker than on their own. If left alone, they can take around two weeks to clear up.

What is the cause of tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused by sugar and starch deposits that are left on the teeth from food that you eat and creates bacteria in the mouth. This can break down the enamel and weakens the teeth over time.

My gums are bleeding, why?

Gums can bleed due to inflammation that comes from having bacteria on the teeth and gums. If this bacteria is not completely cleaned off, it can cause further irritation to the gums. This is known as gingivitis and if it is not treated right away – it can turn into periodontal disease.

What causes my bad breath?

Having bad breath can be a cause of many different things. One of the most common is the bacteria that is in the mouth and tongue. However, it is also likely that bad breath is from gastrointestinal origin.