Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Care

1] How often should I visit the dentist for a dental exam and professional cleaning?

For most patients, the American Dental Association recommends a dental cleaning twice a year. Regular checkups in combination with good home care will help our patients keep their teeth and gum tissues as healthy as possible.

2] Are X-rays necessary and how often do I need them taken?

We feel that dental x-rays taken at appropriate intervals are a valuable diagnostic tool. There are many dental problems which may go undetected without the aid of x-rays. We generally recommend a set of decay detecting bitewing x-rays on an annual basis and a full series of diagnostic films on a 3-5 years basis.

3] At what age do you recommend my child have their first dental visit?

We like to see children and we recommend that they have their first dental visit by the age of three. We like the first dental visit to be a fun and informative experience. It is our goal to make your child’s first dental visit a positive experience and set the foundation for a lifetime of great dental health.

4] Do you offer bleaching options for whitening teeth?

Yes, we enjoy assisting our patients enhance their smiles. We offer professional grade whitening strips that are easy to use. We also provide a tray bleaching system that you can use in the comfort of your own home. Please ask us about the possibilities.

5] What is gum disease and how do I know if I have it?

Gum disease is an infection of the tissue and bone that surrounds the teeth. If left untreated it can progress to the point of tooth loss. Gum disease often does not cause pain. If you notice red, puffy or bleeding gums it may be an indication that you have gum disease. A thorough examination by your dentist can determine the health of your teeth and gum tissues.

6] What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are PERMANENT replacements for tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

7] TIPS About Toothbrushing.

Toothbrushing is such an ingrained habit, few people think twice about it. But as with any habit, you can get sloppy, and that can lead to cavities and gum disease.”It’s more related to technique than type of bristels. Excessive brushing could expose the root of the tooth to irritation, and that could in turn irritate the gums. The trick is to brush very gently for two to three minutes and twice a day.

8]What is Tooth Erosion?
Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid.
9]What is Trench Mouth?
Have you ever heard of trench mouth? Find out about this severe gum infection and what you can do to prevent trench mouth.