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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q1. What kind of toothbrush should I use?
Q2. How often should I replace my toothbrush?
Q3. How should I brush my teeth?
Q4. Does my child need Fluoride?
Q5. How often should we come in for check-ups?
Q6. Can you tell me about sealants?


Q1. What kind of toothbrush should I use?
A1. It is recommended that you use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Using a toothbrush with medium or hard bristles will not only irritate the gums but can wear away the enamel causing tooth sensitivity.


Q2. How often should I replace my toothbrush?
A2. The recommended time between new toothbrushes is 3 to 4 months. If your brush has bent bristles and looks "dead," it's way past time for a new brush!


Q3. How should I brush my teeth?
A3. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gums (make sure some of the bristles are against the gums). Then starting from the back and working forward, brush your teeth using a back and forth motion, a few teeth at a time, gently. Once the front surfaces are completely brushed, use the same technique to brush the inside surfaces. Then brush the chewing surfaces, and using the "toe" of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth. See more info on this at the ADA's Patient and Consumer page about Oral Health.


Q4. Does my child need Fluoride?
A4. Yes. Fluoride is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health. Fluoride strengthens the enamel of the tooth making it less susceptible to tooth decay.


Q5. How often should we come in for check-ups?
A5. It is recommended that you have regular dental checkups once every 6 months to maintain good oral health.


Q6. Can you tell me about sealants?
A6. Sealants are a plastic resin material that is bonded to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The resin bonds into the pits and grooves of the chewing surface. The sealant acts as a protective barrier against plaque and acids. We recommend the sealants to protect the teeth from tooth decay.



Sharri L. Trilling, D.M.D.
1093 North Main Street
Randolph, Massachusetts 02368
(781)963-0250
strilling at toothwoman.com



Last Updated: 25-Jan-2014
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