Common Dental Questions & Answers: Part 1

Here at Blossom Dental Care, a Dentist here in York, we’re known for being both a private Dentist and an NHS Dentist, and offer a wide range of treatments. But regardless of which type of care our patients choose, we’ve noticed the same kinds of questions over time. So, in this special post, we’ll go through some of them, giving you tips, advice and information along the way. You can read part 2 of our post here.

1. Is mouthwash necessary?

When our expert Dentists talk about personal dental care here at our York practice, you’ll usually hear us advising to brush and floss twice daily. But many people also like to use a mouthwash, as not only does it help freshen the breath, but many also contain fluoride to help clean your teeth and gums, too.

While mouthwash alone isn’t adequate for oral hygiene, it can give it a boost when used between brushing and flossing sessions. For instance, many people typically brush their teeth after breakfast and their evening meal – so a mouthwash could be used after lunch or at another point in the day.

2. Which is better – an electric brush or a manual one?

Often, this just comes down to personal preference, and what works for you and your unique mouth. Electric toothbrushes can be a fantastic investment and modern technology means they are becoming increasingly sophisticated, but that’s not to say that a manual brush isn’t as good. However, some people find that electric versions make it easier and simpler to take care of their smile.

To find the best toothbrush for you, we recommend talking to your individual Dentist here at our York practice.

3. Why do my gums bleed when I floss?

Bleeding from the gums can indicate a problem, such as gingivitis. But if your gums bleed when you floss, it’s possible that your gums may be a little sore and aggravated to begin with. If you find you’re still bleeding when flossing after a few days, don’t hesitate to book in with either our NHS Dentist or Private Dentist – it might be that you need some pointers with your technique.

4. Is it true fizzy water can damage my teeth?

Yes, incredibly this is true. Carbonated water can be highly acidic, which is damaging to teeth. But when it comes to fizzy drinks, the worst culprits are those with sugar in, as they are even more harmful to your smile.

When it comes to your oral health, the best thing to drink is plain, still water. As well as containing sugar, many other types of drinks can also be staining to teeth.

5. How often should I see my Dentist?

Whether you have an NHS Dentist or a Private Dentist, it’s usually recommended to book in at least once a year. However, it really depends on the condition of your oral health, and they may recommend more regular sessions.

Book in with Blossom

Whatever your dental concern, from the routine to the restorative, we can help. Get in touch with our expert York Dentists today via our contact page, and we’ll book you in for an appointment at your earliest convenience. You can also read part 2 of our blog here.