Common questions about oral hygiene from your dentist in Sterling Heights

At Laser Dental Associates, we believe very strongly in the proven connection between the health of the mouth and your overall wellbeing. Preventative care for your teeth and gums is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Our role as your dentist is to provide education to ensure you take proper care of your mouth at home and enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Below are some of the most common questions we get about at home oral hygiene.

What causes tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria build up on your teeth. The bacteria feed on the sugars in our diet and produce acid that breaks down tooth enamel. Eventually the destroyed enamel allows tooth decay and results in a cavity. Tooth decay can cause infection, pain, and tooth loss.

How often should I see the dentist?

Ideally, you should visit the dentist every six months. Professional dental cleanings remove plaque that can't be removed at home. Thorough evaluations of the mouth allow the dentist to identify areas of weakness that could become larger (and more expensive) dental issues in the future. By having regular dental visits, you ensure that your teeth remain clean and that any problems are caught early.

How often do I need to change my toothbrush?

You should change your toothbrush every 3 months, or sooner, if the bristles look worn. If you are sick with a cold or infection, replace your toothbrush as soon as you are well.

Isn't it normal for my gums to bleed a little bit when I brush or floss?

Bleeding gums are an indication of gum disease and are not normal. Gum disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the tooth and is caused by plaque buildup that makes the gum tissue separate from the tooth. When left untreated, gum disease can progress to periodontal disease and eventually lead to tooth loss. If caught early enough, your dentist can perform a professional deep cleaning called scaling to remove the plaque. If left to progress, periodontal disease can require surgery. Proper daily oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease.

Dr. Rosner and the entire team at Laser Dental Associates are happy to take the time to answer these and any other questions you have about your dental health. Call us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our practice.