Answers To Questions You’ve Been Meaning to Ask Your Dentist

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You can never run out of information when it comes to oral hygiene. While some sources say you must brush your teeth after meals, visit your dentist regularly, others will tell you not to use your teeth as a bottle opener. Of course, all of these are right for healthy oral hygiene. However, there may be some other questions you’re interested in asking your dentist. In this post, we have put together four of the most commonly asked questions from dentists combined with well-researched and relevant answers you have been looking for. It is possible you already know all of these, but there is no crime in brushing up your knowledge!

Question 1: Is Fruit Juice Harmful or Healthy?

Fruit juice is considered harmful to the body since it contains a high amount of fructose (a natural sugar). On the contrary, fruit juice is different from the sugary soft drinks and sweets, as those are typically seen without any nutritional value. Fruit juices contain the same vitamins and nutrients in whole fruit, but without the fiber. In some cases, like when you drink apple and orange juice, you might need to worry about the tooth-enamel threatening acid. So, while an occasional glass of fruit juice may not be harmful, it is better if you could stick to water instead.

Question 2: Are Bleeding Gums Harmless?

Gum bleeding is widespread and can happen for different reasons. It could be because of an extremely hard brush that ruptures the gums, particularly for sensitive mouths. Bear in mind that not every bleeding gum is a benign condition. It can even be a sign of gum (periodontal) disease leading to more critical gum diseases. If you notice that your gum bleeds frequently or occasionally, then don’t hesitate to create an appointment with a dentist to help rule out any cause for concern or get you the help you need.

Read more: How To Take Care Of Your Gums

Question 3: Is Pain an Unavoidable Part of Going to the Dentist?

No! The idea of pain and dental visits can be from the lack of information or “childhood fears” as some people acquired them in their earlier years. Generally, those who have a severe dental phobia result in not visiting a dentist for years. Against the popular belief, dentists are not callous. As a matter of fact, the majority of them detest all things that triggered pain to their patients. Their primary concern is to treat their patients with little pain as possible, particularly for the fearful ones.

Question 4: Is Flossing Necessary?

One of the primary purposes of oral hygiene is to remove stray food from the mouth. After every meal, various leftover particles get stuck in our teeth. While you may try to get rid of these residues particularly via mouthwash, the point is that cleaning with mouthwash won’t get to those hidden spaces in-between the teeth. At this point, it is best recommended for you to floss. Flossing is an integral part of your all-inclusive dental hygiene. When you combine the effectiveness of brushing and the power of flossing, we can assure you of a smile that is well-protected.

Now you have answers to four of the several questions being asked. The next thing is to refresh what you have learned and begin applying them.

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