Everyday Dental Care Questions
Below are the answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding everyday dental questions.
Yes! While most Americans don’t brush at work, a recent study by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) shows that by keeping a toothbrush at work, your chances of brushing during the day increase by 65%.
Having a toothbrush at work allows you to get debris off of teeth immediately. Those who brush with fluoride toothpaste at night and in the morning don’t even need to use toothpaste when they brush at work.
Dr. Schlotterer always recommends brushing and rinsing before heading back to your workspace after lunch. Rinsing with water for 30 seconds after lunch (if you don’t have a toothbrush handy) can also help.
According to Dr. Schlotterer, you only need a pea-sized amount of gel or toothpaste for an effective brushing session.
Absolutely. Flossing is just as important and brushing and can help remove the debris and plaque that sticks to the teeth and gums. Flossing regularly can also help polish the surfaces of the teeth and control certain types of bad breath.
Dr. Gary Schlotterer is a firm believer in the fact that flossing regularly can be the most important factor in maintaining lifelong oral health and reducing your risk for periodontal (gum) disease.
Dr. Schlotterer, recommends flossing before bed. The fact that you are flossing is most important, however.
Toothpicks can be handy in a pinch, but should not be used for daily cleaning between the teeth. Dr. Schlotterer, always recommends flossing over toothpicks.
If you do need to use a toothpick, don’t press too hard as this could break the toothpick and lodge it in the gums.