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Your Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Oral Health Questions

Maintaining a healthy and dazzling smile is not difficult, but without proper guidance, it’s also not easy. Our dentist in Florissant is prepared to answer all your most pressing questions about oral health care and treatment and hopefully make achieving a magazine-worthy smile a breeze.

How Often Should I Visit a Dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your Florissant, MO, dentist at least twice year. Our office tells patients the same – two cleanings a year should suffice, unless you have Periodontal Disease.

Should I Brush or Floss First?

Ideally, you should floss first, because doing so allows the fluoride in your toothpaste to reach between your teeth. However, we’re just happy when patients floss at all, so if you floss, you’re already doing something right.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. As the bristles become worn, they become less effective. Some people may need to replace their toothbrushes more or less often, depending on the state of their oral health and how hard they brush. Children generally need to replace their toothbrushes more often.

What Kind of Toothbrush Should I Use?

Our dentist in Florissant recommends that patients use toothbrushes that are small or medium-sized and that have soft- to medium-bristles. Ideally, the brush should be small enough to fit comfortably in the back of the mouth, which is generally a hard-to-reach area. People with sensitive teeth should use toothbrushes with soft, gentle bristles.

What Should I Do if I Have a Dental Emergency?

If you chip, crack, break or lose an adult tooth, call our Florissant, MO, dentist as soon as possible. If the dental emergency happens during normal business hours, we will be happy and able to fit you into our schedule. However, if your accident happens after hours, call our doctor’s emergency contact number.

What Should I Do if I Can’t Pay for Treatment Upfront?

If you cannot afford the cost of treatment upfront, our office offers payment plans. We also accept most major credit cards and several types of dental insurance.

Contact Our Office Today

Our team at Paul S. Herrin, DDS, wants to help you achieve and maintain a strong, healthy and beautiful smile. However, it is up to you to take the first step. Call our office at 314-921-0070 or reach out to us via our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.


  • PAUL S. HERRIN, D.D.S. - 395 Derhake Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 Phone: 314-921-0070 Fax: 314-921-7506

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