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 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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Am I Brushing Too Hard?

Q. My dentists over the years have told me that my gums are receding and that my teeth have notched near my gums because I am brushing too hard.  I don’t think that I brush too hard.  How do I know if this is the reason for my worsening condition? A.  While heavy handed brushing… Continue reading

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Why can’t you just fill it?

Q. Why can’t you just fill it? A. This is one of the most common questions I get.  Often, when I inform a patient that a tooth needs a crown, onlay, or root canal, the next question is usually, “Why can’t you just fill it?”.  It’s an understandable question. Technological advancements have allowed restorative materials… Continue reading

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When should I floss?

Q. My daughter came home from school today with a quiz over dental health.  The only question she missed was on flossing.  Should you floss before or after you brush? A. Flossing does between your teeth what brushing does on the easier-to-reach surfaces. Using food debris as fuel, bacteria form microscopic colonies on the surface… Continue reading

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