Frequently Asked Questions | Reflections Dental Care

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is an electric toothbrush better than a manual one?

What are our recommendations for fluoride and why?

What are the types of whitening, and what are the risks they carry?

I have dry mouth: is there anything that can help?

What are oral irrigators and why should I use one?

What are the options available to help relieve my tooth sensitivity?

Electric Toothbrush

One question we get asked a lot is, “Why is an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?” Unlike a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush vibrates and has multi-directional movements that help to break down and remove plaque more efficiently.

 

Electric toothbrushes have a large handle that is easy to grip, and it does the majority of the work for you…you just simply guide it from tooth to tooth. Many have built-in timers to help you brush the recommended time of two minutes, twice a day.

 

We recommend electric toothbrushes for all of our patients. If you have questions about electric toothbrushes, or are interested in picking one up for yourself, please contact Reflections Dental Care at 405-563-7097.

Fluoride Recommendations

There is a lot of information out there on the pros and cons of fluoride. Many patients will ask us what our recommendations are for fluoride and why.

 

Cavities are the second most common bacterial disease found in the US today. For the first time in over 40 years, cavities are on the rise in all age groups of the population.

 

Fluoride re-mineralizes your teeth, aiding in cavity prevention. It also desensitizes your teeth by covering and protecting the nerve tubules. Studies have shown that patients having a therapeutic dose of fluoride regularly can reduce their risk for cavities by up to 75%.

 

The American Dental Association is now recommending that patients of all ages have a therapeutic dose of fluoride regularly. Depending on your risk for cavities, fluoride treatments may be recommended every three months or every six months.

 

If you’re curious about your risk for cavities and how often you should be receiving fluoride, please give us a call at 405-563-7097.

Teeth Whitening

A lot of our patients want whiter teeth, and they are curious as to the types of whitening we offer as well as the risks involved. Whitening is a strictly cosmetic procedure. It is not going to harm your teeth or help your teeth. It simply lightens their shade.

 

We have both in-office and take-home professional strength whitening options available. The key is choosing which option fits best into your lifestyle. Slight sensitivity is the most common side effect during and shortly after whitening. We do have sensitivity relief gel for you to take home in case you do experience sensitivity.

 

If you would like whiter teeth, we would love the opportunity to help you. Please call Reflections Dental Care at 405-563-7097 today.

Dry Mouth

Many of our patients comment on having a dry mouth, and they are curious if there is anything out there that can help. Over 1400 medications are known to cause dry mouth as a side effect. If you are taking three or more medications at a time, there is a good chance you will experience dry mouth as a result.

 

Xylitol products can help to increase your salivary flow and reduce the adherence of bacteria to your teeth and gums. This decrease in sticky, acidic bacteria will help to reduce your risk of cavities. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar that is found in many fruits, vegetables, and even in the human body. It is a safe alternative to sugar.

 

At Reflections Dental Care, we have mints, gum, and a dry mouth spray available to aid in your dry mouth. Each of these products contains xylitol as the first ingredient, and will not only help give you relief from dry mouth, but also reduce your risk of cavities. Strive for five exposures of xylitol a day!

Water Flosser

Many patients are asking about oral irrigators and why they should use one. An oral irrigator, or a water flosser, is a device that can be used at home to help remove plaque and food debris from between the teeth and below the gums.

 

It is ideal for patients who do not floss or are not flossing effectively. In fact, water flossers are 50% more effective in reducing gingivitis than string floss.
Oral irrigators can be found here at our office or at many retailers.

 

If you would like more information about water flossers, or would like to pick one up for yourself, please call Reflections Dental Care at 405-563-7097.

Tooth Sensitivity

Patients suffering from tooth sensitivity will ask, “What are the options available to help relieve my sensitivity?” Well, there are multiple options out there to help reduce and improve tooth sensitivity.

A therapeutic dose of fluoride can be applied in-office in order to desensitize the teeth by covering and protecting the nerve tubules. Daily home fluoride use in the form of either MI Paste Plus or prescription-strength fluoridated toothpaste is effective as well.

 

Brush n’ Bond is a material that can be applied to the affected tooth’s surface, acting as a protective barrier for quick and effective results.

 

If your tooth sensitivity is a result of gum tissue recession, moving the gums to cover the exposed root surfaces may be an option for you. If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity, please give Reflections Dental Care a call at 405-563-7097 to reserve a time with one of our dentists today.