Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I've been going to the dentist for years and have
always heard that sugar is the main cause of decay. Why
haven't I heard about acid being a problem?
A: I get asked this question all the time at my
office. I suspect that most dentists don't know that acid is
the main cause of decay. We certainly weren't taught that in
dental school. I'm hoping that my book will encourage more
dentists to talk about this with their patients. After all,
all of us want to help our patients to prevent their dental
problems from happening in the first place.
Q: How about electric toothbrushes? Are they more
effective and should kids use them, too?
A: I recommend electric brushes to everyone. They are
much more effective than a manual brush. Using one once in
the morning and right before you go to sleep is critical for
keeping your teeth clean. I personally recommend the Oral B
electric brush. There are others out there, but I like the
Oral B. Plus, you can get a battery operated one for just a
Q: What kind of floss should I get?
A: There are numerous brands that are good, but you
should avoid the un-waxed type of floss. It tends to shred
and get caught on fillings and crowns and will only
Q: How can I get my kids to brush better?
A: If you come up with a foolproof method to
accomplish this, contact me and we will write a bestselling
book together. Seriously, how do you get anyone to do
something that 's good for them? Here's what we do at my
office. Younger children (up until age 9 or 10) don't have the
coordination to do a good job of brushing. Be sure to get
them an electric brush and brush for them once a day. Sit on
the floor, have them lay their head in your lap, and look up
at you. It's much easier than face-to face. You'll notice
that this is how dentists work on you - upside down. Let
them brush for themselves any time they want, but do it for
them once a day. Depending on their maturity level, letting
them brush for themselves after that is OK. But, as you
know, some kids will need constant reminders and some will
even need your physical presence in the bathroom to make
sure they do it.