Patient Info – Summer Court Dental, Hanover NH
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is caused by acids which are produced by bacteria in the presence of sugar. To prevent decay these bacteria, sugar and acids must be periodically removed by way of brushing and flossing.
Which is the best type of Toothbrush?
Generally speaking, a soft bristled toothbrush is best. Whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric, anything harder than soft, is too hard. Stiff bristles may give you that clean feeling, but they can also abrade your teeth and cause gum recession.
How Do I Use Dental Floss?
Floss is cheap, so don’t be stingy! Tear off about a forearm’s length to start. Wrap one end around the middle finger of one hand to ‘anchor’ it and pick up the other end about 4-6 inches away with the middle finger of the other hand. This allows you to manipulate the floss with your thumb and fore finger. As you soil a section of floss, ‘reel’ in another 4-6 inches of clean floss with the anchor finger as you release the floss with the other finger. Never shoe-shine the teeth in a back-and-forth motion as you will either notch your teeth and/or cut your gums.
How Often Should I Get Dental Checkups?
For people without any periodontal disease, a check up and cleaning every six months is standard protocol. People who have active periodontal disease or who have been treated, should have a check up and cleaning every three months
How Often Should I Get X-Rays?
For most people, panoramic x-rays are recommended every 3-5 years, and ‘check up’ bite wing x-rays are recommended once every 12 months. A complete set of x-rays is estimated to expose you to the same amount of radiation you get on a flight from San Francisco to Seattle. Doctors use x-rays as an aid in diagnosing problems. Without x-rays ‘seeing’ the problem will be difficult if not impossible.
Summer Court Dental Office Information
Natalia Streltsov, D.M.D
Summer Court Dental
1 Summer Court
Hanover, NH 03755
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