At our office, we work hard to ensure that each patient receives the best possible dental care. Although we can give you excellent care in our office, it is also important that you properly care for your smile at home. Dr. George Yzaguirre and his knowledgeable team are happy to provide this resource for dental education so you can know how to keep your smile looking and feeling fabulous. Below is a list of some of the most frequent questions we are asked. If you have additional questions or desire further information, we invite you to contact us today and schedule an appointment with our dentist in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Which type of toothbrush should I use?

Picking the “right” brand of toothbrush is not nearly as important as choosing the size of the head and the type of bristles. The most recommended toothbrush is one with a small head and soft bristles, as these can cause less irritation and gum recession than harder bristles. A smaller toothbrush head also allows you to more easily get around each tooth and reach every area of your mouth.

Is one kind of toothpaste better than another?

Generally speaking, there is not one toothpaste that is better than the rest. However, not all toothpastes contain fluoride, and our dentist recommends that you use a fluoride toothpaste to help protect your teeth from decay. It is also recommended to find a toothpaste that has an appealing taste.

How often should I floss?

It is highly recommended that you floss at least once a day, typically at night. Doing so can get rid of plaque and bacteria that have been hiding between your teeth all day. This can keep your teeth healthy, strong and decay-free.

What is the difference between a “crown” and a “cap”?

Typically, a crown and a cap are the same. These restorations are used to repair and restore teeth that are severely damaged. After removing the damaged parts, the crown, or “cap”, is placed on top of your natural tooth, thus restoring your tooth’s structure, function, and appearance. Occasionally, some people will call these restorations “crowns” when they are made of gold or stainless steel, and “caps” when they are made of tooth-colored composite.

What is the difference between a “bridge” and a “partial denture”?

Both of these restorations are used to replace missing teeth, most often when the teeth are missing in a row. A dental bridge is fixed (or permanent), attaching to the teeth on each side of the gap; oftentimes, these abutment teeth (on either side of the gap) are given crowns to make it easier for the bridge to attach. Partial dentures use clasps to attach to the natural teeth, and they are removable. In most cases, patients prefer dental bridges over partial dentures.

Are white fillings better than silver ones?

In 1993, the U.S. Public Health Service reported that there are no health concerns with receiving silver, or amalgam, fillings. However, more and more patients today are requesting tooth-colored (white) fillings. Our practice also prefers tooth-colored fillings because they bond more easily to your tooth and provide maximum protection. White fillings also blend with your natural teeth, eliminating the appearance of having received a dental treatment; they also tend to be less sensitive to temperature than amalgam fillings.

Does getting a crown mean that I also have to get a root canal?

Not necessarily. Not every tooth that requires a dental crown will require a root canal. However, most root canal treatments will require a crown.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact our office at 361-992-8351 today to schedule your comprehensive exam with Dr. Yzaguirre.

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