There are actually a few things the dentist might not be telling you, and here to enlighten us and help us achieve that million dollar smile is, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Edward Romano.
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Rhiannon Ally: For instructions on keeping our pearly whites in tiptop condition, there is no one we trust more than our dentist right? But there are few things that your doctor might not be telling you. In here to enlighten us and help us achieve that million dollar smile is cosmetic dentist Dr. Edward Romano. Hello. Dr. Edward Romano: How are you today? Rhiannon Ally: Thank you for joining us. Dr. Edward Romano: Thank you for having me. Rhiannon Ally: Now the first is very interesting, you say one brushing a day is all you need to keep plaque away. I don’t think a lot of people realize that. Dr. Edward Romano: With brushing once a day, 24-hours is the key. Plaque bacteria in the mouth reaches a level that causes cavities, causes gum disease. If people were actually to spend the actual amount of time to remove the plaque fully then it takes 24 hours for it to re-grow and actually cause harm. So most people don’t do it. Most people would tell me that they brush two or three times a day, but they spend maybe 30 or 40 seconds brushing their teeth. So that’s why many dentist will tell everybody you need to brush three or four times a day. You need to floss two or three or four times a day. And that’s fine and quite honestly, a lot of people need that. But if you were able to just thoroughly remove the plaque once a day and I usually recommend it if you're going to do it once a day before bed then you get 24-hours just for the plaque to re-grow. Rhiannon Ally: So you really need more than 30 seconds that’s good to know. Dr. Edward Romano: Good three minutes. Rhiannon Ally: That’s a long time. Dr. Edward Romano: That’s a long time, and we actually give people leg timers and actually time it. Rhiannon Ally: Soda—I am very bad at drinking soda. I love Diet Dr. Pepper, that’s my favorite. That’s bad for my teeth isn’t it? Dr. Edward Romano: Soda is a nightmare for teeth and you’ve heard about it probably before I came along. But most people fill at sugar and sugar is an issue and if you leave it on your teeth and kind of suck on soda all day sugar becomes a problem. But there is another ingredient in sodas, phosphoric acid which is a really harmful substance to teeth. Dentist like us actually use a form of phosphoric acid to etch the enamel when we bond teeth. Rhiannon Ally: So fluoride, we think that’s—well fluoride is a good thing for your teeth, but you say it can be too much. Dr. Edward Romano: Fluoride is a very good thing, but it can be too much and the biggest issue with fluoride is more with children. We’re all concerned about not letting our kids develop cavities as they grow up, the horror of getting a filling that sort of thing. So fluoride has done great wonders for that, however, when kids are young a lot of times they’re prescribed fluoride vitamins and the records tells us or the science tells us 0.5 mg of fluoride is what’s ideal to achieve all the protective effect. Rhiannon Ally: Any more than that is too much. Dr. Edward Romano: But 0.25 mg is what should be prescribed because there’s so much natural fluoride in our drinking water, in such that people are going over 0.5 when they take the vitamin and they take the natural and that closes a modeling. Rhiannon Ally: Okay, so watch the fluoride. Now, also you can actually take too good care of your teeth, how is that possible? Dr. Edward Romano: We talk to patients sometimes and I call them mouthusaholics and they really want to clean their teeth well and that’s a great goal and I’m very proud of them. However, I’ve had patients come in and they literally think well a hard bristle toothbrush, I could scrub my floor with a hard brush so I can scrub my teeth clean with the hardest of toothbrush. It does damage. And then they're doing it three or four times a day. They give it a dental floss and they don’t just floss they’re getting there working way too hard. So those types of things—just to calm things down. Rhiannon Ally: And I like the last one, not every mouth ne
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