Patient education is an important part of dentistry. Dr. Rita Tempel and her dental team want patients to know the best ways to care for their smiles at home and learn how professional dental care can treat emerging dental problems. Educating patients about their treatment options and routine care can help prevent future dental problems. Discover more about dentistry with these oral health FAQs for patients who visit Gettysburg Smiles in Gettysburg, PA.
Oral Health FAQs in Gettysburg, PA
Read answers to these common questions patients ask about their oral health:
How long do I need to brush and floss my teeth?
The ADA recommends the 2/2 rule, which means you should brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time. Brush gently because brushing aggressively can wear down the tooth enamel and contribute to bleeding gums and gum recession. Floss at least once a day before you brush to remove food between teeth easily.
What are plaque and tartar?
Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that can accumulate on the teeth and gums. Over time, if plaque is left in the mouth, it can harden to form tartar. It is more difficult to remove plaque as it hardens into tartar, so patients must floss and brush daily. Scheduling regular dental cleanings twice a year can also prevent bacterial buildup. Harmful bacteria can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
Is it safe to get a dental cleaning if I’m pregnant?
It is safe for pregnant patients to receive routine dental care. We encourage pregnant women to make dental appointments for routine cleanings. Pregnant women are more prone to developing problems like gingivitis, or gum inflammation, which can contribute to gum disease.
Can you prevent gum disease?
Patients can prevent problems like gum disease by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, visiting the dentist regularly, and avoiding tobacco products. Harmful bacteria irritate the gum tissue and can break the soft tissue down over time. Flossing and brushing remove harmful bacteria from the mouth. On regular visits, our hygienists thoroughly clean the smile. We also take x-rays to view the teeth and gums. Tobacco products containing nicotine restrict the blood supply to the teeth and gums, which makes it harder for patients to fight against gum disease.
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Do you have any more questions for our team? Request a dental appointment online or call Gettysburg Smiles at (717) 853-1552. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit!