Q: What exactly does regular brushing contribute to my oral health?
Dr. Hicham Riba: Brushing helps remove plaque and film on the teeth. Plaque that remains for an extended period of time can eventually harden into tartar.
Q: What happens when the tartar remains in place?
Dr. Hicham Riba: It can be quite problematic. Your gum tissue may become irritated or may bleed or swell. This condition is referred to as gingivitis.
Q: Should I look for a particular toothbrush when shopping around?
Dr. Hicham Riba: Yes, definitely. Look for the ADA Seal; this will offer the assurance that your toothbrush has been tested by scientific experts.