twice a day
Necessary Xray, exam, and professional cleaning every
coming to see us every 6 months?
you come in every 6 months, the plaque and tartar level
is low. You will feel good to know you have been doing
a good job. We will be more than happy to motivate you
to do better. And if we spot some early warning signs,
we will let you know and what you can do about it, so
your mouth will not have any trouble.
Another scenario: you chose to come in
to clean your teeth every couple years, there will be
a lot of buildup. We clean, clean, and clean. Your gum
is so inflamed. Like taking off a winter coat, your teeth
will be freezing or sensitive for couple days. And it
takes couple days for the gum to heal assuming a good
oral hygiene routine. You are not going to feel too good.
And if we spot some warning signs, we would not know how
fast or slow they progress. For example, if we have been
watching a small cavity every 6 months for 3 years, I
will probably just recommend watching for another 6 months.
However, if you have not seen a dentist for 10 years and
you have the same size cavity, I am going to recommend
doing a filling because we do not know when is your next
time having a dental exam. I do not want to wait and that
cavity turns into a root canal or an extraction.
does Fluoride do?
remineralizes and strengths our teeth. Most toothpaste
lists it as active ingredient. We use a higher concentrated
fluoride products on kids and sensitive teeth in our office.
Fluoride vanish is applied once at our office. Colgate
Prevident 5000 toothpaste is used at home.
about different dental products.
is the best toothbrush, toothpaste...
In general, I look for ADA Seal of Acceptance.
With that seal, anything on that package is supported
by scientific research and approved by the American Dental
A soft head toothbrush is very important.
Brushing too hard is not good. We do not want you to brush
away your gum and your teeth. Electric toothbrush has
a timer. Some electric toothbrush even has indicator to
tell if you were brushing too hard.
Most fluoride toothpaste is good. I would
avoid certain toothpaste that has abrasives and a toothpaste
that is just trying to do too much.
For abrasives, I mean, the little piece
that you can feel. When you are scrubbing, you will be
wearing away your teeth.
Whitening could cause sensitivity. I
am not sure if the multi-purpose toothpaste is the cause
or the solution.
We need to pay attention to mouthwash.
The literature says Listerine Original, but you have to
follow the instruction. If you have bad breath, check
with me and brush your teeth and your tongue. The trouble
with mouthwash is there are some many bottles now. Some
bottle says anti-gum disease, some bottle says anti-cavity,
some bottle says whitening and some bottle says all of
Another general rule, I hate things that
will give you a false security. I just hate to have you
go through buying the thing and spend your time on it.
And at the end, you are not getting the result. And the
worst part is you lost the time to do the good things
such as brushing and flossing.
What about waterflosser?
A company has their own company doing research or at least
fund the research. I have not seen an independent high
quality research study stating it is better than traditional
Ask me over facebook regarding any dental products you
want me to look into. Let me investigate and reply you
What's MI Paste?
MI Paste is a prescription I recommend a lot, especially
for those people having or had braces. MI stands for minimal
invasive. With brackets and braces, it is so hard to keep
your teeth clean. The bacteria and food will demineralize
teeth and leave some white spots on your teeth. The MI
Paste can remineralize your teeth and bring the natural
tooth color back to life.
the exam, you recommended flosser, what is that?
Use this if you have trouble flossing those back
teeth. The trick is to be gentle when you floss.
Wiggle in between the teeth without hurting the
gum. Wrap around the back side of the tooth and
the front side of the other tooth. And don't forget
the back side of the very last tooth.
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