What if I can’t hold a toothbrush?

Q.  My husband has been dealing with Parkinson’s Disease for a couple years and I’ve noticed lately that it is getting harder for him to grip things like forks and toothbrushes.  What can I do? A. Complete and regular removal of plaque is the single most important factor in preventing dental disease. Many patients, and not… Continue reading

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Why are my gums bleeding?

Q. I know that I should floss but every time I do, my gums bleed and are sore.  If flossing is good for me, why do my gums bleed? A.  Although many patients find this concerning, some soreness and bleeding is common when one begins to floss.  The flossing is not the primary cause of… Continue reading

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What is the best way to use fluoride?

Q. Why are dentists always recommending more fluoride? Doesn’t my regular toothpaste already have fluoride in it? A.  Yes, your normal toothpaste contains fluoride.  Most city water systems have fluoride added to them also.  For some people, this amount of fluoride is sufficient.  For others that are more prone to decay, a higher level of… Continue reading

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Why am I getting more cavities with age?

Q. I’m 63 years old and I’ve always taken good care of my teeth… and I’ve never been prone to cavities. Why am I getting so many cavities all of a sudden? A.  For most people, for most of their lives, proper diet and proper oral hygiene are enough to keep decay at bay.  With… Continue reading

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Why Do I Keep Breaking Teeth?

Q. Why do I keep breaking teeth? I see my dentist every six months and usually get compliments on how I’m taking care of my teeth.  What am I doing wrong? A.  If your hygienist and dentist are giving you good reports then, more than likely, you are not doing anything wrong.  This, however, does… Continue reading

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