There can be problems even though everything feels fine. Usually, by the time there is pain, a problem is significant. Common signs of trouble include increased tooth sensitivity, bleeding or swollen gums, continuous bad breath, redness, mouth sores, jaw pain, dry mouth, or broken teeth. If you notice something is wrong, schedule an appointment with our Chesterfield dentist as soon as possible.
Absolutely! There are areas of your mouth that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. Flossing helps get rid of food and plaque in-between your teeth. Flossing is key to keep the gums healthy and to reduce the risk of cavities in-between the teeth. Set aside a few extra minutes to floss every day, it’s worth it!
Our Chesterfield dentist knows that the type of toothbrush you use can have a big impact on your smile. Medium and firm bristles on a toothbrush can cause damage to your teeth and gums, so we recommend using soft-bristle toothbrushes. For an even more effective brush, find a toothbrush with mixed bristle heights and bristles on an angle. Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, or when the bristles begin to shift out of place, and after a cold/flu.