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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do if I have bad breath?
Q: How often should I brush and floss?
Q: Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?
Q: How often should I have a dental exam & cleaning?
Q: How can I tell if I have gungivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?
Q: Why is it important to use dental floss?
Q: How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?
Q: What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?
Q: What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?

Q: Why is it important to use dental floss?

A: Brushing our teeth removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from all tooth surfaces, except in between the teeth. Unfortunately, our toothbrush can’t reach these areas that are highly susceptible to decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (acids) that cause cavities and irritate and inflame the gums. Also, when plaque is not removed above and below the gumline, it hardens and turns into calculus (tartar). This will further irritate and inflame the gums and also slowly destroy the bone. This is the beginning of periodontal disease.

How to floss properly:

  • Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
  • Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  • Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.

Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

Daily flossing will help you keep a healthy, beautiful smile for life!

 
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Timothy A. Ungarean, DMD, FAGD
Creating Beautiful Smiles

Pittsburgh Location

4701 Baptist Rd.
Suite 301
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
(412) 884-1424

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West Location

3153 Broadhead Rd.
Suite A.
Aliquippa, PA 15001
(724) 857-1010

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