Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Vero Beach, FL
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Often, the easiest way to put a patient's mind at ease is to simply answer their question, which is why, below, we have gone ahead and responded to some of the most common ones we receive every day. Of course, you are more than welcome to ask about anything we haven’t covered on this page—just give our team a call any time.
How often should I go to the dentist?
While this answer can vary from person to person, everyone should receive at least two checkups and cleanings each year to help them avoid the most common dental problems.
Should I use an electric or manual toothbrush?
Thankfully, both types of toothbrushes are proven to be very effective at preventing cavities when used regularly. That means either one is a good choice—it really comes down to preference! For young children and people with mobility issues, we often recommend electric brushes because they make cleaning certain parts of the mouth much easier.
Are gums supposed to bleed every time I floss?
No. Gums that bleed frequently when flossing is a sign that you might be using too much pressure, or you may have a minor gum infection. Try cleaning your teeth and gums with a lighter touch for a few days, and if the bleeding keeps up, go ahead and give us a call. By acting quickly, we can stop a minor infection from becoming a major one!
How long will it take to fix my tooth?
This depends on the type and extent of the damage, but in most cases, we can repair a tooth in a single appointment thanks to our on-site dental lab. We’ll let you know how long treatment will take when you come to see us!
How long will it take to replace my tooth?
The length of time needed to replace teeth is dependent on a lot of factors, such as how many teeth are missing and the current state of a patient’s mouth. Getting fitted for a bridge may take a few weeks, while receiving a full set of implant dentures may take closer to a year in some instances. When you come to see us for a consultation, we can give you a much more definitive timeline.
How often should I brush my teeth?
According to the ADA, everyone should brush their teeth at least twice a day (once in the morning and evening) for at least two minutes each—most people don’t know that last part! It’s also important to floss in the evening to remove leftover food particles from between the teeth.