Frequently Asked Questions

Please take some time to look through our list of dental Frequently Asked Questions & Answers based on recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) to learn more about maintaining your health.

The brand of toothbrush you choose isn’t nearly as important as the size of the toothbrush head and the type of bristles it has. It is recommended that you choose a soft toothbrush with a small head. Medium and hard brushes have more jagged edges on the tip of the bristles which can damage the enamel surface and gums. A small head allows you to brush all the more narrow areas of your mouth easily, including behind your back teeth. Our dentists and hygienists recommend that you brush at least two times a day for 2 minutes using a small, gentle, circular motion at the gumline.

Not necessarily! Power brushes are available in many sizes, prices, and brushing motion. Many patients love using a power brush. But the toothbrush that will work best for YOU is the one that doesn’t feel awkward in your hand and that you enjoy using. Again, follow the recommendations of soft bristles, small head, and circular gumline brushing. Our hygienists can make recommendations according to your specific oral hygiene needs.

Not necessarily! It is important to choose a toothpaste that is appropriate for your sensitivity level and your dentist can help recommend the best one for you.

Flossing your teeth daily is necessary to help prevent cavities by removing bacteria and food between the teeth that toothbrushing alone can’t reach. Floss once after lunch if you can, but always floss just before bedtime and don’t eat or drink anything afterward, except water.

Nothing! Dental crowns (sometimes called caps) are used to repair a severely damaged or fractured tooth by covering the entire tooth once the areas of decay have been removed. They can be made of porcelain, gold, zirconia, stainless steel, or other resin composites which is determined by the location, size, and function of the tooth.

Fixed bridges and partial bridges replace missing permanent teeth. Fixed bridges are permanently attached to surrounding teeth with crowns or dental implants. Partial bridges are attached to nearby teeth using clasps or precision attachments and can be removed by patients.

Silver fillings are made of amalgam, which is a material made of a combination of different metals while white fillings are made of a type of acrylic resin. At Tebo Dental we only use tooth colored (white) filling materials.

A root canal is only necessary on teeth that have decay or fracture into the pulp or nerve inside the tooth, and many teeth requiring crowns do not fall into that category. However, most teeth that have a root canal DO require a dental crown to hold the tooth structure together after extensive decay or fracture into the pulp.

The type of procedure necessary to clean the deposits (plaque and tartar) from your teeth is determined by where the deposits have accumulated. Our hygienists measure the depths of the natural space between the teeth and gums. If those depths measure 1 to 3 mm deep, this is an indication that the gums are relatively healthy and the deposits in that space can be removed with a regular prophylaxis. If there are multiple depths of more that 4-5 mm, indicating periodontal (gum) disease, the deposits are too deep to be removed without specialized instruments and techniques to reach deep into the narrow space.