What is so important about flossing?
While brushing your teeth regularly is the most important part of maintaining a good oral hygiene practice and should be a daily practice, flossing cleans the nooks and crannies between your teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. By flossing daily you can make sure that bacteria and food particles that get trapped between your teeth are cleaned out.
What does a dentist look for during a regular exam?
There are several elements to your regular exam that you can expect. Our dentists and hygienists check for anything out of the ordinary or unusual and make sure that your mouth, teeth, and gums are healthy and thriving. At every visit are on the lookout for:
- Indications of periodontal disease
- If there is any evidence of decay or cavities
- Teeth that are loose
- Early indications of oral cancer
- TMJ disorder
- If any teeth are broken or cracked
- An overall assessment of your oral health
All exams also include fluoride treatment if requested and an orthodontic evaluation.
Will I have X-Rays?
One of the quickest and safest ways to check for any abnormalities or difficult to see problems in your teeth and jaw is to take oral X-rays. By taking a close look at X-rays we can find cracks and breaks, examine for signs of decay or rot, and look for any other problems in your mouth. X-rays give us the ability to find and fix potential problems before they get any worse.
What is the best way to prevent cavities?
One of the most common dental problems for both children and adults in the U.S. is cavities. When discovered early, cavities are easily treatable, but if allowed to get worse can lead to significant problems, including loss of teeth.
The good news is that most cavities can be prevented by having a daily oral hygiene regimen that includes brushing and flossing. We recommend brushing twice daily and flossing to remove any food or bacteria that gets caught between your teeth. Swishing with mouthwash takes care of anything left behind.
And of course, come and see us twice a year for your regular checkup! Following these steps will help keep you cavity-free.
What should I know about periodontal disease?
Inflammation and infection of the gums is called periodontal disease. It causes pockets to form between the gums and teeth and is also known as gum disease. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and gum recession.
Plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth over time, giving bacteria a place to take hold. While regular brushing and flossing can help keep plaque and tartar in check, its often difficult to keep your gum line clean, which is why periodontal disease is common.
One of the most important things your hygienist takes care of during your visit is to make sure that the space where your gums and teeth meet are kept clean and free of build-up. Together we can make sure that you can avoid the effects of gum disease!
What are the most common signs of dental problems?
Everyone experiences trouble with their teeth or mouth at some point in their life, so it’s important to know and keep an eye out for signs of trouble. Call us right away if you notice any of these:
- Loose teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Losing a tooth
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Swollen or tender gums
- Sores that don’t go away
- Pain in your mouth, neck or face
- Changes in the way you bite
- Trouble speaking or eating
What causes your teeth to get darker?
As you age, it’s natural for your teeth to become discolored or darker. Many things can be the cause, including consuming dark-colored foods or drinks like coffee or tea. Some medications can also be the culprit.
The best way to keep your teeth clean and bright is to floss and brush daily. Avoid darker foods and drinks, stay away from brightly dyed foods, and don’t smoke. If you’d like to restore your teeth to a brighter white, give us a call. We’re happy to discuss our teeth whitening solutions.
How long do teeth whitening treatments last?
We use the best teeth whitening products and procedures available today, guaranteed to get you your best smile. How effective they are depends on how discolored your teeth are at the start of the process and your continued daily oral hygiene routine. In general, your teeth whitening treatment will last anywhere between several months and three years, depending on your diet and daily routine.
What about if I wear dentures, do I still need to see a dentist every six months?
Yes! It is a common misconception that you don’t need to see a dentist regularly if you wear dentures. By coming in every six months for your regular check-up and exam, we can spot early warning signs of oral cancer, gum disease, and other preventable problems. We also check your dentures for fit, any bite problems, and if there are any signs of deterioration or decay.
What kind of toothbrushes and toothpaste do you recommend?
Our recommendation for the kind of toothbrush and toothpaste are the ones that you are comfortable with using on a daily basis! Our goal is to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums in great shape for years to come. As long as your products have been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA), they are sure to keep you smiling. We’re happy to chat with you when you are in for your regular exam if you have questions about specific products.