Answering The Most Common Dental FAQs At Perfect Choice Dental

Welcome to Perfect Choice Dental! At our practice, we focus on preventive and comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages in Crystal Lake. Dr. Overmyer is dedicated to informative, patient-focused dentistry, so we wanted to take this opportunity to answer some frequently asked questions that we hear from our patients:

Do I Really Need To Go To The Dentist Every Six Months?

Yes! Seeing the dentist every six months for an oral exam is absolutely essential for your overall oral health. Regular appointments allow Dr. Overmyer to track the health of your teeth and gums over time, and ensure that any potential issues like cavities or gum disease are treated before they become more serious. Even if you brush and floss every day, you should still come in every six months for an oral exam at Perfect Choice Dental.

Do I Need To Floss If I Brush Properly, 2-3 Times Per Day?

Yes! Even if you have great brushing technique and use an electric toothbrush, there is no replacement for flossing. Toothbrushes simply cannot get into the small gaps between your teeth and gums, where oral bacteria often collect. This can result in the buildup of plaque and tartar, eventually resulting in gum disease. There is no replacement for flossing, so make sure you floss at least once per day!

How Can I Prevent Cavities?

Beyond properly brushing and flossing, and seeing Dr. Overmyer for an appointment every six months, watching your diet can also help prevent cavities. Minimize your intake of sugary drinks, and don’t eat too many sugar-heavy foods, or foods with simple carbohydrates. Brush after meals, or rinse with water/mouthwash if you cannot brush.

Is Fluoride Good For Me?

Fluoride is one of the most important substances for your oral health because it promotes the natural “remineralization” and strengthening of your enamel. You should always brush with an ADA-approved, fluoridated toothpaste to keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright.

My Gums Are Bleeding. Do I Have Gingivitis?

Gums are a delicate tissue and can bleed if you brush them too hard with a hard-bristled brush, or if you’re overbrushing. However, if you are brushing normally and your gums are bleeding, you may have gingivitis. To reverse this, brush 2-3 times per day for at least 2 minutes, start flossing, and see Dr. Overmyer for a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and oral bacteria that causes gingivitis. If you don’t, your condition could progress to periodontitis and cause permanent damage to your teeth and gums.

How Can I Prevent Tooth Stains?

Regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist are the first step to preventing tooth stains. You should also consider cutting back on coffee, tea and wine, and rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth after drinking these beverages, which can stain your teeth. You should also stop using tobacco products of any kind, as they can cause serious yellowing and stains. If your teeth do become stained, however, you can always have them whitened at Perfect Choice Dental.

Have Questions? Come In Today!

At Perfect Choice Dental, Dr. Overmyer is always here to answer your questions about dentistry, oral care, and any other related topics. If you would like to schedule a consultation at our office, please give us a call at (815) 477-3700, or stop by our office at 284-A Memorial Ct, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. We always love meeting new patients, so come by soon!