The more you know, the better off you are. That’s a general truth that applies to a lot of things in life, including dentistry. At The Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria we want all our patients to be as informed as possible about the procedures they have.
A question that patients bring to us a lot is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup twice a year. In a word, yes. Regular checkups let us keep an eye on your overall dental health, and get ahead of potential problems. It really is true: prevention is the best medicine.
Many patients ask how long a filling will last. Some think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of a filling with daily brushing and flossing.
What about toothbrushes? Is an electric any better than a manual? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. When they are used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.
Patients often ask about toothpaste, too. We recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the package. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.
Again, we believe the more you know the better off you are. If you have any questions about a recommended procedure at The Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, don’t hesitate to ask. Patients come to our practice for complete family and restorative dentistry. And they ask a lot of questions, too! Schedule your next appointment today.