Patient education is an important part of our practice. At Integrated Dental, we welcome our patients to ask questions about their treatment so we can help them solve dental problems and help them preserve their oral health. Read dental FAQs for our dental patients in Sarasota, FL, to learn how to care for your smile at home and how we treat patients in our office.
Dental FAQs in Sarasota, FL
Learn more about dental treatments and routine care with answers to these popular questions:
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
To keep your breath fresh and teeth healthy, replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Over time, the brush bristles can wear down and become less effective. Bacteria can also build up on the toothbrush. Replacing your toothbrush on a regular basis can prevent common dental problems like cavities and gum disease.
What do I do if I’m afraid of visiting the dentist?
Our friendly office staff helps patients feel comfortable and welcome. We also can treat anxious or fearful patients with dental sedation, a tool that helps calm patients and relieve discomfort during dental treatment.
Should I brush my teeth before my dental visit?
Yes, we recommend that patients brush and floss before their dental visits, even if they are going to receive a professional cleaning. Cleaning your teeth before a dental appointment can help our hygienists find areas of buildup and provide a deeper clean.
Is it safe to visit the dentist when pregnant?
It is safe for patients to visit the dentist when pregnant. The majority of dental care is safe for pregnant patients. It is also important for pregnant patients to visit for cleanings as they can be more prone to gum disease. We recommend that pregnant patients increase frequency of their visits during this time.
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is a sudden or severe problem that requires professional treatment. In our office, we see patients with common emergencies like knocked-out permanent teeth, toothaches, and broken dental restorations. If you may have experienced a dental emergency but are not sure – always call! Our team is happy to help you determine whether immediate treatment is necessary.
What are the differences between electric vs. manual toothbrushes?
While electric and manual toothbrushes can both thoroughly clean the smile, there are differences between the two to take into account. If you use a manual toothbrush, you need to use the correct pressure and brush in circular motions. If you have limited mobility, a manual toothbrush can be difficult to use.
Electric toothbrushes brush for you; you only need to place the brush in the right areas to clean your teeth. Vibrations from the electric toothbrush also create additional micro-movements. While electric toothbrushes can be more expensive, they can provide more benefits for some patients. Because electric toothbrushes have a consistent pressure and speed, they can be more effective at cleaning bacterial buildup from the smile.
Request a Dental Consultation
Contact our office at 941-270-9755. You may also schedule a dental appointment with our dental team online. Let us know if you have any more questions, and we will be happy to assist you.