At Eric Spellman, DMD, our primary goal is to prevent dental problems, rather than treat them after they occur. That is why our general dentist, Dr. Eric Spellman urges you to visit the dentist regularly for exams and cleanings. In addition to polishing and evaluating your teeth, our dental team in Larchmont will offer tips and guidance for practicing effective dental hygiene. Contact our dentist in Larchmont, Dr. Eric Spellman to schedule your dental teeth cleaning and dental hygiene appointment.
Common Dental Hygiene Questions
Is there a wrong way to brush my teeth?
Yes, you can! Overly vigorous brushing can be almost as destructive as not brushing enough! For a healthy brush, place your brush at a 45-degree angle and use small, back-and-forth strokes across your teeth. When cleaning the back of your teeth, use up-and-down motions. Be sure to brush all areas, including the sides, chewing surfaces, and your tongue.
What type of toothbrush should I use?
A brush with soft bristles is best. Hard bristles can be abrasive and may damage your teeth’s enamel. Every three to four months, switch to a new toothbrush. Change your brush sooner if you notice it looking old and frayed.
How often should I visit the dentist?
Typically, we recommend two visits a year. Each appointment at Eric Spellman, DMD, will include an exam and cleaning; we usually take digital x-rays at one of the dentist appointments. If you have a history of tooth decay, a diagnosis of gum disease, or another oral health concern, additional appointments at Eric Spellman, DMD may be appropriate.
How does my diet affect my dental health?
It’s no secret that sugar can damage your teeth, but candy is not the only culprit behind dental decay. Frequent snacking is likely to lead to cavities because your mouth does not release as much saliva when snacking as it does during a full meal. So, it would help if you also drank plenty of water. Not only will this keep you hydrated, but it will also help to wash food and sugars out of your mouth.
Is chewing gum bad for my teeth?
Sugared gum is undoubtedly harmful but chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes right after a meal can help prevent cavities. When you enjoy gum approved by the American Dental Association, it stimulates saliva production, which washes away food and bacteria.
How can I prevent cracked teeth?
Cracked teeth are often the result of chronic teeth grinding or bruxism. If you notice any of the signs of bruxism, you should seek dental treatment right away before your teeth are permanently damaged. Symptoms may include jaw pain and tension, dental sensitivity, chronic headaches, ear pain, and dental erosion. In addition, your Larchmont dentist will likely provide a custom-made mouthguard to wear while sleeping.
Sports injuries are another common cause of damaged teeth. If you or your teen play a contact sport, it is vital to wear a mouth guard. You can purchase prefabricated mouthguards at the store. However, our custom appliances will be more comfortable and are less likely to impair breathing.
Schedule A Dental Hygiene Appointment
Contact our Larchmont dentist, Dr. Eric Spellman at (914) 315-4446 to schedule your dental exam and teeth cleaning to keep up on your dental hygiene. At Eric Spellman, DMD, dental hygiene is a focus to prevent dental problems for patients from Mamaroneck, Scarsdale, Rye, NY and many surrounding areas.