Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Jenks, OK

Ask Your Jenks Dentist

We love answering our patients’ questions and educating them about their oral health, because when it comes to your smile, the more you know, the better off you are. You can always reach out to us if you want to know more about how to take care of you and your loved ones’ teeth. And below, you’ll find our answers to some of the most popular dental questions we answer every day.

How often should I visit the dentist?

You should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a dental checkup and teeth cleaning. However, if you have any ongoing dental issues, we may recommend more frequent visits.

Do I really need to floss every day?

Yes, flossing is an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. It helps to remove plaque and food particles that may be stuck between your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing daily can also reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

What can I do to prevent bad breath?

Regular brushing and flossing, as well as using mouthwash, can help prevent bad breath. It's also important to drink plenty of water and avoid foods that can cause bad breath, such as onions and garlic. If you have persistent bad breath, you should see your dentist, as it may be a sign of an underlying dental or medical issue.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening is generally safe when done under the guidance of a dental professional. However, some people may experience tooth sensitivity or gum irritation as a result. It's important to follow the instructions carefully and not to overuse whitening products, as this can damage your teeth.

What can I do to prevent tooth decay?

To prevent tooth decay, you should brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. You should also limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks and visit your dentist regularly for dental checkups and teeth cleanings.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is used to treat a damaged or infected tooth. During the procedure, the dentist removes the infected or damaged pulp inside the tooth and cleans and seals it to prevent further infection. Root canals are typically performed under local anesthesia and are relatively painless.