We have all been there: “My teeth don’t look or feel as clean as I would like them to, am I brushing often enough?” or, “should I be having professional dental cleans more often?”, or, “I would love to have whiter teeth but I am scared of the side effects of literally bleaching my teeth”. This is a recollection of the most frequently asked questions at our Clinic in Miranda, answered by our main dentist Dr Mohamed Fawzy. We hope this can help answer some of the questions you might have too:
“How often should I brush my teeth?”
Generally speaking you should brush 3 times a day to clean away food debris and plaque between each meal and should floss at least once a day. However, practically, you can brush twice a day and possibly use rinses or sugar free gum to reduce the plaque accumulation in between.
“How often should I get a professional clean by a dentist?”
It ranges between 3 months and 1 year depending on the patient’s oral condition, but it averages to be once every 6 months for most patients.
And for those of you worried about the colour of your teeth this is what you should know about the side effects of bleaching your teeth:
Apart from having the colour of your teeth changed to a whiter shade, the most common side effect of tooth whitening is sensitivity that usually lasts somewhere between 1 to 2 days and when performed correctly it should not leave any permanent side effects. Of course, results of both shade change and sensitivity vary with each individual.
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