Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


How often should I brush my teeth and floss?

Brush your teeth at least twice a day with an ADA-approved toothpaste and a soft bristle brush. It is especially important to brush at night before bed and to clean your tongue.

Floss every day to remove plaque and food debris between teeth and below the gum line.

How often should I have a dental exam and teeth cleaning?

The general recommendation is every six months for professional cleanings and dental checkups, but your North Richland Hills dentist may recommend a different treatment schedule for you.

How do I know if I have signs of gum disease?

Most people who have the periodontal disease don’t know it. The problem is, gum disease often presents no clear symptoms in the early stages. Therefore, it is crucial to keep up with routine dental visits and periodontal exams.

Gum disease develops when plaque is not adequately removed from teeth and gums. The bacteria cause pain, inflammation, and gum recession, that eventually leads to tooth and bone loss. Proper oral hygiene practices help remove plaque buildup and leftover food debris.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Newly formed spaces between teeth (bone loss)
  • Loose teeth (weakened supportive fibers or bone loss)
  • Pus pockets around teeth and gums
  • Gum recession
  • Tenderness, pain or discomfort

Good oral hygiene habits, a healthy balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing advanced gum disease.

Why do I need to floss if I brush my teeth twice a day?

Brushing only removes plaque, leftover food debris, and bacteria from visible tooth surfaces. Bristles don’t reach between teeth and below the gum line. These hidden areas are most susceptible to gum disease and decay. Flossing at least once a day is the best method to clean these tight spaces.