Q. What is the best way to brush my teeth?
A.  Small gentle motions around all surfaces of the teeth. You should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. You should brush for a minimum of three full minutes. Brushing too hard or too often can cause gum problems.

Q. How often should I get a new toothbrush?
A.  Every 3-4 months or whenever the edges get frayed.

Q. How important is flossing?
A.  Flossing is an integral part of good oral hygiene. Food gets trapped between teeth, and the toothbrush can’t remove it. Over time, this can lead to cavities and bad breath. Improper flossing techniques can cause damage to your gums. Consult your dentist about good flossing habits.

Q. What should I do when I have an object wedged between my teeth?
A.  Try to remove the object using dental floss. DO NOT use sharp or pointed objects. Guide the floss in carefully so as not to cut the gums, rinse with warm salt water.

Q. What should I do when I have a toothache?
A.  Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any trapped food. If swelling is present, place a cold compress to the outside of the cheek. DO NOT USE HEAT. DO NOT place aspirin on gum tissue on aching tooth. Call for an appointment with your dentist. To control pain, an anti-inflammatory, use as directed..

Q. What should I do when I have a broken tooth?
A.  Use warm water to clean dirt and debris from the injured area. Place cold compresses on the face next to the injured tooth to minimize swelling. Call for an appointment with your dentist.