5 Common Questions Dental Hygienists Hear

September 8, 2021 Published by Cartoon of an elderly woman in the dental chair for a hygiene cleaning and exam.

Our dental hygienists are an asset to the Oakboro Family Dentistry team. They help our patients feel comfortable during their treatments, deliver quality care, and get to know them on a personal level. In this blog post, we’re sharing the five most common questions our dental hygienists hear and their responses.

1. Why are my teeth sensitive?

If your teeth hurt when exposed to hot or cold temperatures (such as food and beverages), you might have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can occur for a variety of reasons and may be a sign of an underlying condition. For example, you might have a cavity or be brushing too hard and irritating your gums. These are things that your dental hygienist and dentist will be able to determine. The good news is there are a few ways you can combat tooth sensitivity at home, including buying a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

2. How can I get whiter teeth?

Many patients wonder how they can enhance the appearance of their smile. Depending on their individual needs, Oakboro Family Dentistry offers professional teeth whitening that can dramatically brighten your smile. We also offer porcelain veneers that can even out the look of your smile.

3. How do I maintain dentist-level cleaning at home?

Electric toothbrushes are an excellent way to maintain a dentist-level clean in the comfort of your own home! While manual toothbrushes can keep your teeth effectively clean, an electric toothbrush can clean your teeth more gently and with more power. When paired with flossing, electric toothbrushes can keep your teeth extremely healthy.

4. What’s an easy way to improve my oral health?

The answer to this one is quite simple! Outside of seeing your dentist twice a year, brush and floss your teeth twice a day, making sure to give even attention to both sides of your mouth. It’s also important to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet that’s low on sugary and acidic foods and beverages.

5. What are the foods I should avoid if I want to maintain a healthy smile?

It’s best to avoid foods that are high in sugar or acid, because plaque and bacteria feed on sugar and release harmful acid that damages your enamel as a result. Pastries, sweets, coffee, tea, alcohol, and citrus fruits should be consumed sparingly if you want to maintain healthy teeth.

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No matter your smile goals, our team at Oakboro Family Dentistry is ready to help! We offer various treatments that fit your needs and your budget. Keeping up with preventive care visits will save you money in the long run. Contact us to schedule an appointment!

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