3710 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613

Frequently Asked Dental Care Questions

Dentistry is a complicated field, and there are countless questions you might have! We’ve been answering patient questions about all manner of dentistry and oral health–related topics for years, and we’re here for you as well! We’ve gathered some of our most commonly heard questions here for you – take a look and find the answers you need!

If you don’t find the solution to your problem here, don’t hesitate to call us – we’re here to help! You can reach Northalsted Dental Spa at 773-245-2779 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you!

Q: What is the best toothbrush to use?


When it comes to selecting a toothbrush, shopping can be difficult. There are so many kinds to choose from, and every brush has a different marketing tactic – rubber gum-massaging bristles, color-changing bristles, you name it! Whatever the gadgets and gizmos the newest brushes have, there’s only one thing that really matters: the bristles. You should always choose a soft-bristled brush.

Hard bristles have a tendency to cause wear and tear on your gums and teeth and can do more harm than good. Soft bristles give a bit more and provide a gentler, more effective cleaning.

When brushing, make sure you take at least two minutes, hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to your tooth, and use small sweeping motions away from your gums. Be sure you get both sides of your teeth, too!

Q: How often should I see the dentist?


For the vast majority of patients, we recommend that you visit us every six months. This is the ideal time to get a regular cleaning, and for our exams to pick up any potential problems before they become serious.

For patients with gum or teeth trouble, we may recommend exams and cleanings more frequently. This will help us keep on top of and better treat your problems.

Q: Are metal fillings safe?


At Northalsted Dental Spa, we use only tooth-colored fillings made of dental composite, a safe blend of plastics and porcelain. Our goal is to restore your smile, and it’s hard to get a great set of teeth when your smile is full of ugly gray metal!

Regardless of our filling material preferences, many patients have old amalgam fillings. In recent years there has been an increase in concern due to the small amount of mercury in dental amalgam, but study after study has proven them to be perfectly safe. Metal amalgam has been in use for a long time without any negative effects – it’s safe, and if your amalgam fillings are doing their job, there is no cause for concern!

Q: How important is fluoride?


Another common element in dental treatment is the use of fluoride to prevent tooth decay and reverse enamel damage. This is another area that people have raised concern about, but there is a body of scientific and practical evidence to suggest that fluoride is perfectly safe.

Not only is fluoride safe, but it’s an important part of preserving your healthy teeth! As plaque bacteria produce acid – a common and everyday occurrence in your mouth – your enamel is slowly eroded. Left unchecked, this can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride remineralizes your teeth and builds up enamel on the affected areas of your teeth. With regular treatment, any decay or damage can be completely reversed! Regular fluoride treatment is an important part of protecting your teeth!


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