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In 20 years of practice, Arlette has answered hundreds of questions about dental health, from the informed to the bizarre. Each time, she takes pleasure in explaining dentistry in simple language and sharing its secrets with you.

Here are the questions she is most frequently asked!

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The ABCs of Prevention

Q My teeth are very sensitive to hot and cold. What should I do?

A If you suffer from dental hypersensitivity, avoid acidic foods, which will aggravate your condition, such as lemon, grapefruit, green apples. At meals, let hot food cool a bit (soups, hot drinks, etc.) before eating it and limit your consumption of foods like ice cream.

When you brush your teeth, use a soft or very soft brush and toothpaste for sensitive teeth for at least two weeks.

Q I’ve always been told that you must brush your teeth after every meal. Is this correct?

A It would be ideal. However, I recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. If you’re sick or you smoke, brush your teeth at least three times a day: you will have better breath and you will more effectively remove bacteria from your mouth.

Q Is it true that you must also brush your tongue?

A Of course! Our tongue is a direct source of bad breath; actually, our oral hygiene is responsible for 90% of bad breath. Bad breath is primarily caused by bacteria on the tongue and other soft tissues of the mouth. By brushing your tongue and your gums each time you brush your teeth, your breath will always stay fresh!

Q Is it a good idea to use baking soda to brush teeth?

A Yes and no. You must be careful. You can use a very small, pea-sized amount of baking soda for brushing your teeth without a problem.  But you must use baking soda carefully because it can be very abrasive and can cause dental hypersensitivity.  

Q And flossing? Is it obligatory?

A I can’t force you to do it, but if you want to avoid cavities, maintain a dazzling smile and always have fresh breath, it's essential! Flossing takes only a few minutes. At least twice a week is enough, three times if you smoke. Think about it!

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