Gentle Dental Eagan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Teeth Cleanings & Exams

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At Gentle Dental Eagan, we believe that patient education is an essential aspect of care. It’s important to be well-informed about procedures and general information about oral health. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at our office. Do you have questions that we didn’t address here? Reach out to one of our knowledgeable team members. Contact us online anytime or call our dental office at (651) 452-5511.

Teeth Cleanings & Exams

Electric toothbrushes are wonderful investments, especially for patients who lack dexterity. Though they are not required, they can supplement your oral healthcare routine and yield excellent results. As always, be sure to choose a product that has been ADA-accepted.

Waterpiks or water flossers are fantastic tools for removing large food particles and debris from underneath bridges, around braces, or other hard-to-reach areas. We encourage our patients to use Waterpik if they find them beneficial. However, you should never replace regular flossing with a Waterpik, as they do not remove biofilm from the teeth surfaces. Therefore, if you purchase a Waterpik, be sure to combine it with regular flossing.

When shopping for any oral health product, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This means that the product has been tested to the highest standards and considered safe for use. We recommend choosing non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. If you are prone to sensitivity, try a toothpaste formulated especially for sensitive teeth.

Good oral hygiene is the first defense against cavity-causing bacteria. However, there are also preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk of decay. Topical fluoride treatments help strengthen tooth enamel and address demineralization. Dental sealants are clear coatings that are applied to the teeth to shield them from bacteria. These treatments significantly reduce the risk of cavities.

The answer to this question is different for every patient. Many individuals have their teeth cleaned every six months. However, if you are predisposed to certain oral health issues, such as decay or gum disease, we may recommend more frequent visits.

Even individuals with impeccable oral hygiene are still not immune to issues like decay and gum disease. Every day, oral bacteria accumulate. Brushing and flossing at home is enough to keep these bacteria at bay for some time. But after a few months, a professional cleaning is necessary to address the issue. Your dental hygienist can remove plaque and tartar in hard-to-reach areas, keeping your bacterial levels healthy.

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