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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: How often should I brush and floss?

A: Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Many of us may not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning.

There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent.

  • Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
  • Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
  • Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath

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

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

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

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