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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is better: A manual toothbrush or an electric one?

Both traditional and electric toothbrushes can get the job done. The most important thing is not which brush you use but how you use it. With either type, it’s important to brush at least twice a day for about 2 minutes each time. With a manual brush you should brush up and down on the outside of teeth and inside. Each electric brush comes with directions specific to that brush.

If movement in your hands is difficult due to arthritis or other issue, an electric brush may be the best product for you. Mobility is not as critical to get a thorough brushing. Ask your hygienist for more information during your next scheduled appointment with Hawkins Dentistry. We’re always happy to help our patients achieve good daily oral hygiene habits.

What kind of toothpaste should I use?

There are a lot of products to choose from, and much of the decision depends on individual preference. A fluoride toothpaste is essential for optimal oral health.

Is flossing really that important?

Yes, it really is. Proper flossing removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline where periodontal disease often begins. Brushing alone cannot reach these areas. Brush twice, floss once every day for good oral and dental health.

Do I really need to come in every 6 months for a checkup and cleaning?

That is the minimum recommended by the American Dental Association. For patients who smoke, have diabetes, gum disease or are pregnant additional visits may be needed. Beyond ensuring an excellent dental cleaning, Dr. Hawkins’ examination will help detect any other oral health issues such as gum disease, oral cancer, bite disorders and cavities. He can then recommend a treatment program.

When should I schedule my child's first dental appointment?

Every child should have their first visit to the dentist by their third birthday. We want to make sure that your child feels comfortable coming to the dentist and that their oral health gets off to the right start. Although baby teeth will be replaced by “adult” teeth, those early teeth are critical to the development of the adult teeth and the long-term overall oral and dental health of your child’s mouth.

At Hawkins Dentistry we know that by partnering with parents we can help children develop excellent oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime. The Hawk’s Nest, our own club for kids, will help parents reinforce the importance of daily dental care plus offer kids games and rewards.

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