[You can listen to a podcast of the entire program: Mayo Clinic Radio – Full Show 8-3-2013]
Developing good dental hygiene is especially important for children. On a recent Mayo Clinic Radio
show, Thomas Salinas, D.D.S.
, was a guest expert and he discussed dental health
topics, from cavities and canker sores to larger issues such as cleft palates or implants. During the radio program listeners tweeted specific questions and below are Dr. Salinas' answers. *Follow #mayoclinicradio on Saturdays, 9 am CT.
Q: Is brushing twice important? Can we use oral chemicals to rinse mouth at night?
Assuming twice a day brushing (YES!) and you can use chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium before bed.
Q: What is the most effective toothpaste?
All fluoridated toothpastes with ADA seal are effective.
Q: Won't 4 minutes of brushing wear down enamel over time?
4 minutes of brushing will not appreciably wear down enamel.
Q: How important is the direction you brush? Which area of mouth needs more attention?
Angle brush 45 degrees to gum with small circular strokes. Spend slightly more time on back teeth.