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One of Dr. Burks' priorities is to help patients understand how prevention can impact their oral health.  We do this through education and oral hygiene instructions.  After all, a healthy smile begins with knowledge of how to attain it and we're always happy to help you!  For your benefit, we've provided you with a list of FAQs to help set you on the path towards a healthier smile.

If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to ask Dr. Burks or one of our friendly staff members during your next visit to our office.

How Often Should I Visit My Dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your general dentist at least once every six months for both an exam and a professional hygiene appointment. 

What Should I Do If I Have a Dental Emergency?

If you believe that you have a dental emergency, please call our office as soon as possible. If this occurs during our regular business hours, we'll fit you into our schedule. If you have an emergency over the weekend or during a holiday, please call our office for the doctor's emergency contact number. 

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?

We recommend that adults use a small-to-medium size toothbrush that has soft bristles. The head of the toothbrush will need to be small enough so that it can brush all the areas of the mouth thoroughly – especially the back of the mouth. Children should use small toothbrushes with soft bristles. Also, if you have sensitive teeth, using a soft-bristled toothbrush is a good option.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

The ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush once every three or four months. This is because the bristles will get more worn after each use, which will decrease its cleaning effectiveness. Children will need to replace their toothbrushes more regularly than adults. 

Is an Electric Toothbrush More Effective?

Electric toothbrushes are highly effective in keeping your teeth cleaner than a manual toothbrush.  Dr. Burks and our team of hygienists prefer the Sonicare Toothbrush because of the sonic action of the brush.  We have found that patients who use an electric toothbrush are able to keep their teeth cleaner which helps prevent the formation of decay (cavities) and helps to improve periodontal health. In addition to cleaner teeth, electric toothbrushes have a built in 2 minute timer which keeps the patient brushing longer.  Some children find brushing with an electric toothbrush to be more exciting, which will make them more likely to brush regularly. Also, patients who have a hard time using a manual toothbrush properly find that an electric toothbrush can be much more comfortable. For our patient's convenience, Dr. Burks offers Sonicare toothbrushes for sale in the office. 

Should I Brush or Floss First?

Truthfully, it doesn't really matter.  If you brush and floss thoroughly, you can choose whichever one feels more natural. However, flossing before you brush can enable the fluoride in the toothpaste to better reach the areas between your teeth. 

Is There a Best Kind of Toothpaste? 

While there's not a specific best kind of toothpaste, we do recommend that you choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride and has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Fluoride will help strengthen and rebuild tooth structure while the ADA Seal of Acceptance signifies that the toothpaste has been approved for safety and effectiveness. 

Are Payment Plans Available?

Yes, we accept most major credit cards as well as many types of dental insurance. We'll even process your insurance claim for you upon the receipt of your co-payment.  We also offer “no interest” payment plans through CareCredit

Contact Your Local Winter Springs Dentist Today! 

Do you have any other questions or are you interested in learning more? Feel free to contact us at (407) 327-2030 or complete our online appointment request form. We're looking forward to seeing you at your next visit to our office.