Patient education is an important part of our dental practice. We want to keep our dental patients informed about how to care for their oral health and how visiting the dentist can improve their smiles.
We welcome patients to learn more about common dental problems and our practice with FAQs for Brilliant Smiles Family Dentistry in Cadillac, MI.
Dental FAQs in Cadillac, MI
Read answers to common questions that we get about oral health and treatment in-office:
What is the best way to brush and floss?
At-home oral hygiene is important in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. When flossing, slide the floss between your teeth and wrap it into a “C” shape around the base of the tooth and gently under the gumline. Wipe the tooth from base to tip two or three times.
We recommend that you floss before you brush to clean your teeth. When you brush, use a soft-bristled brush, brushing in a circular motion. On your top arch of teeth, brush in a top-down motion. In the lower arch, brush from the bottom to the top. You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day.
What is plaque, and how can I treat it?
Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums. Harmful bacteria feed on food debris left in the mouth. after eating foods that produce acids. Bacterial buildup can lead to gum irritation, soreness, and redness.
Sometimes, your gums may begin to bleed as a result of plaque. This gradual degeneration can often cause gums to pull away from teeth. Long-term plaque can form pockets of disease around tooth structures, eventually destroying the bone beneath the tooth.
A good oral hygiene routine and biannual dental appointments can help remove bacterial buildup and lessen your chance of infection.
Can I visit the dentist if I’m pregnant?
Yes, it is safe to visit the dentist if you are pregnant. Hormonal changes can also leave pregnant women more at risk of developing problems like gingivitis (gum inflammation) or gum disease. Routine cleanings and examinations can help prevent gum infections.
Oral health is connected to your overall health; ensuring that you’re in good oral health during pregnancy will benefit you and your baby.
What do I do in the event of a dental emergency?
Please call our office for emergency dental treatment. We can address common emergency dental problems like dental trauma, tooth pain, and knocked-out teeth.
If you have physical injuries that require care, please go to the emergency room. We can provide you with dental care once you’re healthy.
Request a Dental Appointment
Do you have any more questions for our office? Call Brilliant Smiles Family Dentistry today at 231-389-6388. You can also schedule your next dental appointment on our website.