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Q: What type of toothbrush should I use?

A: Focus less on the brand and more on the type of bristles and size of the head. Find a brush with a small head, as it allows you to reach around every tooth. It should have soft bristles; medium and hard bristles cause irritation and lead to gum recession. Brush gently twice a day and visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings.


Q: What's the best type of toothpaste?

A: Use a toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease dental decay! There's no best brand. Use whatever tastes good to you.


Q: How frequently should I floss?

A: You should floss at least once a day to keep your gums healthy and prevent cavities between teeth.


Q: Can you explain the difference between a crown and a cap?

A: Both of these cover part or all of a severely broken tooth. Old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and decay will be removed before these are placed. The restoration material can be made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. All of these are classified as crowns by dentists. However, patients often call tooth-colored ones as caps and gold or stainless steel ones as crowns.

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Answers to your general dentistry FAQs

Q: What's the difference between a bridge and a partial denture?

A: Both of these replace missing teeth. Bridges are permanently attached to abutment teeth or implants. Partial dentures are attached by clasps and are easily removable. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges.


Q: Silver fillings versus white fillings: which is better?

A: As clarified by the U.S. Public Health Service in 1993, amalgam (silver) fillings are perfectly safe to use. However, you might prefer composite (white-colored) fillings that match your tooth color. White fillings bond to your tooth and strengthen decaying teeth. White fillings are also less sensitive to temperature. However, if your tooth is badly broken, a crown might be necessary.


Q: Do I need a root canal in order to have a crown?

A: No. Not every tooth that needs a crown needs a root canal. However, most teeth that have had a root canal need crowns to provide strength and normal function.