Welcome to the Ocean Dental Center frequently asked questions page. We believe that education is an essential part of optimal dental care and strive to answer any questions our patients may have. Below are FAQs we receive at Ocean Dental Center, notice anything missing you’d like to learn about? Let us know, we’d be happy to add your questions to our frequently asked questions page.

What kind of toothbrush is best?

We recommend always using a toothbrush with soft-bristles, although it may seem like hard bristles would clean better, they can actually damage your teeth. For those with mobility problems, we recommend investing in an electric toothbrush as this can make proper dental hygiene easier.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

We recommend replacing your toothbrush at least every 3 months. If you notice your toothbrush is worn or damaged, or you have recently been sick we recommend replacing your toothbrush immediately.

Where should I store my toothbrush?

When it comes to properly storing your toothbrush, we recommend always placing it in a dry, open-air environment. Cabinets, drawers, etc. can be moist, allowing bacteria to thrive. Make sure your toothbrush is also six feet from any toilets, as bacteria can be displaced when flushing.

Is it bad to share my toothbrush?

YES! Never share your toothbrush, not even with your significant other. The germs that live on your toothbrush can actually be transferred, potentially resulting in dental complications such as infections or even disease.

Do over-the-counter teeth whitening products work?

Yes and no, depending upon what you are looking for. Store-bought teeth whitening products are only designed to remove extrinsic (exterior) staining and discoloration, leaving interior stains, often resulting in less than desirable results. Professional teeth whitening however is designed to remove both exterior and interior staining in just one appointment!

How often should I visit the dentist?

For most patients with healthy smiles, we recommend scheduling professional dental care at least twice a year (every 6 months), however if you are prone to decay, infection or disease we may recommend more frequent visits.