FAQ

Q: What type of toothbrush should I use?
Q: How can I ensure my children brush their teeth?
Q: How long do I need to brush my teeth?
Q: Do dental implants hurt?
Q: Is sedation dentistry safe?

Q: What type of toothbrush should I use?
A: The type of toothbrush you should use is dependent upon your your personal preference. You can choose from soft bristles, medium bristles, and hard bristles. While the hard bristles might seem like the best option, they can actually do harm to your smile! Those rough bristles can weaken your enamel and harm your gums!

We recommend always selecting a soft-bristle brush with a head that is small enough to comfortably reach all of the surfaces of your mouth. You might consider a brush with a flexible handle, as well! Finally, always look for the ADA seal to ensure that your toothbrush is approved by the American Dental Association.

Q: How can I ensure my children brush their teeth?
A: It is important to make sure that your children are brushing their teeth on a regular basis. Your child should brush his or her teeth at least twice a day along with flossing. If you notice that your child is not brushing or flossing as often as they should be, you will need to establish a routine with them.

Try to make this time fun and exciting for your child with fun flossers, a toothbrush of his or her choice, and a tasty toothpaste! You can even take the time to brush your teeth with your child to make it a family affair!

Q: How long do I need to brush my teeth?
A: It is advised that you brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes. Some dentists recommend that you brush them for as long as three minutes, but two minutes is the minimum. You can use a timer to help make sure that you are meeting the mark.

The ADA recommends that you spend 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth. You should be brushing all of the surfaces of your teeth, gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth. You can even find a toothbrush that will run for two minutes before shutting off to help you stay accountable.

Q: Do dental implants hurt?
A: The dental implant procedure itself is completely comfortable because your mouth will be numb, and you will have taken sedation. You might feel uncomfortable for the first few days of the healing process, but we will make sure you have access to pain medication to help alleviate the pain.
Most of our patients are able to return to work the day following their implant procedure! They are even able to dig into a favorite meal soon after the implants are placed. There is nothing to fear from the dental implant procedure!

Q: Is sedation dentistry safe?
A: Yes. Sedation dentistry is a safe form of dentistry that is used to help calm patients down and allow them to relax during their appointment. At The Dentist House, we offer two forms of sedation dentistry including nitrous oxide and oral sedation.

We have special training that allows us to make sure sedation is safe for every patient who uses it. We will monitor you closely while you are under sedation to be sure you are completely safe during your entire procedure.