Wappingers Falls, New York

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Have you thought about making improvements to your smile, but felt unsure of your options? Maybe you thought a smile makeover would be too time-consuming or expensive. If so, Dr. Marius Suditu at Mel Mel Dental has good news for you.

How often is brushing and flossing recommended?

Flossing is the best way to clean between teeth and disrupt the food and plaque build-up. Follow through by using a soft bristled toothbrush angled at a 45 degree to the gum line with small circular motion.

Rinse with water and consider using a fluoride rinse if moderate to high caries risk or recommended periodontal rinse. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, especially at night, is the best way to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime.

How can you tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Gingivitis can be observed by bleeding gums, a bad odor and inflamed gums especially between teeth. It is normally reversible with proper oral hygiene and professional intervention.

Periodontitis although it has similar signs, it creates permanent damage to the supporting bone that keeps the teeth in place. A thorough exam will reveal which condition you may have.

How often is a dental exam and cleaning recommended?

Teeth need to be checked and cleaned at least twice a year. A minor problem can be easily and inexpensively fixed if detected early.

What causes bad breath?

It has been determined that simply brushing the tongue can reduce bad breath by nearly 70 percent. Dry mouth is another major contributor and can be worsened by medications. In most cases your dentist can treat the cause, however if it persists enlisting a physician’s help can cure the problem.

What can I do for stained or discolored teeth?

A consultation visit can help determine which procedure would provide the best results. The most common are:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • A take-home teeth whitening kit
  • Over-the-counter products

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