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Quarry Hill Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cleanings and Exams

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At Quarry Hill Family Dental, Dr. Jarrett and her staff want to be a resource for you when you have any questions regarding you or your family’s oral health. We understand how important it is for you to be able to communicate your dental concerns and find answers to your dental questions.  

Below you will find many of the common questions we hear from our patients.  If you have any further questions, please contact our office, and we will be happy to answer them for you.

Cleanings and Exams

It is important to stay on a regular schedule with your preventative cleanings and exams to help develop the best oral health and to avoid the need for emergency dental care. At Quarry Hill Family Dental, there is no set standard for every patient. Our team will base the interval we would like you to come in on your dental history and current oral health. Dr. Jarrett will then make a recommendation to be seen at our office every 3, 4, 6, or 12 months.

If you have the beginning signs of gum disease, Dr. Jarrett will often recommend having more than two cleanings in a year until your gum health increases. By seeing us more frequently, we can help prevent you from developing gum disease that can cause irreversible damage.  

If you wear full dentures and have no teeth remaining, it is still essential to maintain regular checkups at our office. During your exams Dr. Jarrett performs an oral cancer screening, checks for sore spots in your mouth, and cleans your denture to make sure it is in proper working order. Not only do these visits help protect your oral health, but they will also help maintain your denture so it continues to fit well and functions as it’s supposed to. 

When used properly, both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at removing plaque from your teeth. The most significant difference between the two is the ease of use of an electric toothbrush.

  • Benefits of using an electric toothbrush include:
  • Built-in timers that help you brush each quadrant of your mouth for 30 seconds
  • Built-in sensors so you don’t brush too hard
  • Easier to brush in hard-to-reach places
  • Less physical effort required to remove plaque 

Depending on your age and physical health, an electric toothbrush can make a significant impact on your oral hygiene. Dr. Jarrett has seen how, for both young children and those who are having a more difficult time physically, an electric toothbrush helps them maintain a healthy and cavity free mouth.  

If you are considering purchasing an electric toothbrush, we recommend buying one of the less expensive ones to start. All the major brands offer a less expensive version that still provides many benefits.  By purchasing a less expensive brush to start, it is easier to decide to see how a certain brand works and if you actually like using electric over manual.  

When you are using an electric toothbrush, it is important to remember to switch our the head every few months.  Many brands sell packs of heads at a reduced price so that it may be beneficial for multiple family members to all use the same brand of electric toothbrush.

Our office does not sell or endorse any specific brand of electric toothbrush.  But Dr. Jarrett and our team have used many of the top brands so if you have further questions, please ask at your next appointment.

One of the most difficult but essential habits to establish for many people is daily flossing. It is important to floss because a toothbrush cannot remove the plaque between your teeth. Regardless of whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush, only floss can reach these areas. This is also one of the reasons why a common place where cavities form is between your teeth where floss can't reach.  Plaque can easily “hide” there and start to develop into tartar which then leads to decay. 

Another critical reason to floss is to help maintain healthy gums. When you floss, it cleans your gums by removing the plaque and bacteria that get stuck between your gums and teeth.  If these are continually left in this area, it can cause gingivitis which is an inflammation of your gums. Gingivitis can then lead to gum disease which can have irreversible effects on your oral health.

If you have a difficult time getting yourself to floss using traditional floss, another option is to use floss picks. For many people, these make the process easier and help them clean those tough to reach areas. During your next appointment, ask one of our team members for a sample pack of floss picks to try at home!

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