Q: What home care regimen do you recommend to maintain healthy teeth in between check-ups?

A: For dental health between visits, it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once and make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. We also highly recommend the Sonicare ultrasonic toothbrush for the very best results. Avoid foods that are high in sugar, like candy or sticky treats. Bacteria in your mouth metabolize the sugar you eat and create acid. This acid is the cause of cavities or decay. The more sugar you eat the more bacteria replicate and gather together, forming dental plaque. Avoid tobacco products since they delay the body’s healing process, cause gum disease, and stain your teeth! Also, remember to brush your tongue, as you will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque causing bacteria. Further, tongue brushing helps keep your breath fresh! Finally regular checkups and teeth cleanings with Dr. Baucum will help you maintain a healthy mouth!

Q: I brush regularly, don’t eat a lot of sweets or drink sodas and floss on a regular basis — so why do I need to have a regular check up every 6 months?

A. Dental problems can exist without you knowing. Cavities must progress deep into the tooth before pain is felt. It’s important for an expert dentist to examine your teeth periodically to help you keep your teeth healthy and looking beautiful. By using state-of the art digital x-rays and laser cavity detection systems like Diagnodent, we can spot issues long before they hurt or turn into a large cavity. We have many minimally-invasive ways to help patients catch potential problems early. Periodic dental check-ups are preventive maintenance visits that can actually help you save money and avoid costly repairs.

Q: How often should I change my toothbrush?

A: We recommend you change your toothbrush every three months. If you are using a Sonicare Ultrasonic electric toothbrush, read the directions, as you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrushes every four to six weeks.

Q: What are common general dental procedures?

A: Dental Cleanings and Hygiene: A preventative maintenance visit routinely performed that removes plaque and stains from the teeth, treats gingivitis, and periodontal disease, and helps prevent cavities.