If You Could Ask Your Dentist…

If you visit your dentist on a regular basis, as you should, then you’ll typically have a chance to ask him all of the questions you wish to ask concerning your dental health. Unfortunately, you might not always remember the questions you’d like to ask most until after your visit, when it’s seemingly too late. Although your next dental checkup won’t occur until about six months later, you don’t necessarily have to wait that long to get answers. Your Southlake dentist, Dr. Gregory Wright, answers a few common questions that you might forget, or simply might not think, to ask while visiting your dentist.  

Is there a “best time” to brush my teeth?

Ideally, you should clean your teeth every time you eat or drink. The bacteria that inhabit your mouth constantly accumulate and form dental plaque, which allows them to cling to your teeth. As living organisms, the germs feed on your meals, metabolizing nutrients into destructive acids and toxins. Brushing shortly after you eat helps scrub away bacteria and food debris. Since brushing after every meal isn’t always possible, the American Dental Association (ADA) advises brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once, preferably before bedtime, for optimal bacterial control.

Will my bad breath ever go away?

If it’s prominent, then you may not even need to mention your bad breath. If it’s only a slight nuisance, and you continue to practice good hygiene, then you might decide not to bring it up during your checkup. Regardless of its intensity, chronic bad breath (halitosis) is usually a sign of dental trouble, or the buildup of bacteria that release foul-smelling sulfur gases. Treating bad breath means addressing its cause, but in most cases, it can be eradicated so you can enjoy your fresh breath again.

Will an over-the-counter product erase these pesky teeth stains?

Teeth stains are common. In fact, they’re the most frequent cosmetic smile blemish, and though they appear for a number of reasons (such as your food and beverages), teeth stains are usually easy to handle. Some over-the-counter whiteners may produce noticeable results for minor stains, but if your teeth are significantly blemished, then Dr. Wright offers a choice of professional teeth-whitening systems that can brighten your smile in our office or from the comfort of your own home.

About Your General Dentist:

As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.