How often do I need a checkup?

A double blind study completed in 1987 showed that effective maintanence against periodontal disease and decay required quarterly professional cleanings. Cleanings every six months allowed the same degree of breakdown as yearly cleanings.

When should I throw away my toothbrush?

Replacing your toothbrush frequently helps reduce the transmission of bacteria which cause colds, flu, bronchitis, and upset stomach -- not to mention cavities and gum disease. If you or anyone in your family gets sick, replace your toothbrush three times. Use a new one when you become ill, another when you begin to feel better, and a third after recovery. A regular toothbrush should last about 3-4 months with the exception of sickness.

I have braces. How should I brush my teeth?

Wearing braces means you must care for your teeth better than ever before. Due to their design, braces trap food particles on your teeth where plaque can start building. Cleaning those small, tight areas under and around your braces means brushing and flossing carefully after every meal. Afterwards, carefully check your braces and teeth in a mirror to make sure they are clean.

Should I watch what I eat because of my braces?

You bet. Steer clear of sticky or hard foods that can clint to your braces or damage them or your teeth as well. Avoid sweets in general. If you can do all that, you'll be rewarded with straighter teeth and a beautiful and healthier smile.

What happens if I get a severe tooth ache outside of office hours?

If you're in severe pain and we're not in ,you can call our office, we always provide emergency instructions on our answering machine. At other times, you can go to an emergency room and get a prescription for pain relief that should take you to morning. If a tooth falls out, preserve it in milk. This will allow the tooth to stay alive for about 45 minutes.

1504 South 7th Street
Louisville, KY 40208
 

Phone: (502)636-5492
Fax: (502)636-9210

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