Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What type of toothbrush should I use?
A: A toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head is recommended. Medium- and hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause irritation and gum recession. A small-headed toothbrush allows you to brush around each tooth more easily.
Q: What type of toothpaste do you recommend?
A: Dr. Gregory G. Oman suggests that you use toothpaste that contains fluoride, a mineral that fights tooth decay and makes teeth more resistant to acid attacks.
Q: How often is flossing necessary?
A: To help prevent the formation of cavities between the teeth, floss once a day. Flossing reaches areas that a toothbrush cannot and keeps your gums healthy.
Q: Is there a difference between a “bridge” and a “partial denture”?
A: Bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth, but bridges are permanently attached to your smile and partial dentures are not. Bridges are cemented to your abutment teeth or implants. Partial dentures are removable because they are attached to your teeth using clasps. Patients usually prefer bridges over partial dentures because they are typically more stable.
Q: How effective are whitening toothpastes?
A: Whitening toothpastes contain polishing and chemical agents that can whiten the surface stains of a tooth. However, they do not contain bleach and cannot remove stains deep within the tooth. Professional whitening solutions contain bleach, which removes stains from within the tooth. Whitening toothpaste can whiten your teeth by about one shade, whereas in-office bleaching procedures lighten your teeth by three to eight shades. If you are interested in whitening your teeth, we encourage you to discuss your options with our dentist in Bountiful, Utah.
For more information about dentistry and to schedule your next visit to our office, we welcome you to contact us today by calling 801-298-9441. We look forward to hearing from you soon!