Answers to Common Dental Questions, Part 1 by Dr. Gilbert Abadilla
April 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
As a dentist, I receive many inquiries from patients, many of which come up quite often. Below are answers to common questions that most patients ask their dentists.
Q: What exactly is a root canal (and how much does it hurt)?
A: The first and most important thing: these days, root canals come with little to no pain. A root canal is a procedure intended to salvage a damaged and/or infected tooth. The procedure entails removing the tooth’s network of nerves and blood vessels, cleaning and shaping the interior of the tooth, and sealing the tooth to prevent further infection. Lastly, the tooth will need to be preserved with a crown.
Q: How do cavities form?
A: Easily the most common type of oral hygiene concern, cavities are born from the residues of sugary foods that stick to your teeth. This clear sticky substance, called plaque, contains bacteria that converts sugars into acids. The acids breaks down your teeth and create holes known as cavities.
Q: There are so many toothpastes to choose from. Which one should I use?
A: Honestly, the toothpaste is not as important as the process of brushing. Sure, you should look for certain ingredients in your toothpaste such as fluoride, but as long as you properly brush two to three times a day, you can use any toothpaste you like.