Answering Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Caring for your smile at home and knowing what happens at routine dental appointments can help you have years of healthy smiles. Regular dental care and a good oral hygiene routine can make a big difference in your dental health.

As your local dentist in Pomona, NY, we’re here to help you understand your oral health, what you can do to improve your hygiene, and why regular dental care is important. Preserve your smile and maintain its appearance with routine, professional care.

Answering Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Dental Health FAQs in Pomona, NY

Read answers to commonly asked questions that our patients have to learn more about your oral health:

How should I brush my teeth and gums?

Begin brushing at a 45-degree angle on the outside of the teeth near the gum line. Brush over the teeth and gums gently and brush in circular motions. Once you brush the outside of your teeth, move to the chewing surfaces and back of the teeth.

If you own an electric toothbrush, you will not need to brush in circles as the brush rotates for you. When you brush your gums, brush very gently. Brushing aggressively can lead to bleeding gums and even gum recession.

What is scaling during a dental cleaning?

Scaling treatment occurs when we remove plaque and tartar from the mouth. We use a stainless steel tool to scrape the teeth and gums. It’s important to scrape teeth to remove tartar or calculus, the hardened bacteria buildup.

It is difficult to remove tartar from the mouth with a brush alone, which is why scaling is a key part of dental cleaning. While scaling may feel strange on the teeth, it will help remove hardened bacteria to prevent the spread of decay.

Why is fluoride important?

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that helps strengthen the tooth enamel or the tooth’s outer surface. Drinking fluoridated water and using fluoride toothpaste can remineralize the tooth enamel, fight tooth decay, and preserve the tooth’s structure. We also provide fluoride treatment during routine dental cleanings to keep teeth healthy.

Why is flossing important?

While many patients may skip flossing because they think it’s not as important as brushing, flossing is a key part of a good oral hygiene routine. Flossing before brushing removes bacteria and food debris from between teeth. Brushing after flossing allows active ingredients in toothpaste to reach between teeth and prevent problems like bacterial buildup contributing to tooth decay and gum disease.

Flossing also prevents gingivitis, or gum inflammation, as many patients who haven’t flossed in a long time can experience bleeding gums. Patients can floss more frequently to reverse signs of gingivitis.

Do you need to schedule your next dental visit? Call Cosmetic Dentistry Associates today at (845) 241-0656. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Auster online.