Why should I visit the dentist regularly?

Many people only visit the dentist when they have a noticeable problem. While they may think that they are saving money, the reality is that the treatments to repair and restore their teeth and smiles cost more money and time than it does to visit the dentist at regular intervals. Visiting the dental office regularly ensures that you receive preventive care to stop problems in the earliest stages of development, and to hopefully prevent them from developing in the first place. Your dentist can monitor your oral health and help you learn the best ways to care for your teeth so that they remain healthy. You should visit the dentist twice each year.

Why do I need to floss?

Brushing your teeth will clean the surfaces of your teeth, but will not reach the areas between the teeth or below the gum line. Flossing ensures that plaque and bacteria are removed from your mouth before they can cause damage to your teeth.

How often should I brush and floss?

It is better to use an electric toothbrush. Oral B and Sonicare make a great one, but even an inexpensive Spinbrush you can purchase at Walmart or a drugstore will do a better brushing job than a manual brush. Flossing daily is recommended.

How safe are dental X-rays?

Dental X-rays are extremely safe. In fact, you are exposed to less radiation with dental X-rays than you are in your day-to-day life from the sun. Advances in dentistry continue to make dental X-rays safer through digital imaging technologies and higher-speed X-rays. Additionally, federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for safety and accuracy every 2 years.

I’m terrified to visit the dentist – what can I do?

There are special strategies we use to lessen fear and anxiety. These include numbing the treated area and mild sedation. If needed, we can refer you to a dentist who does deeper sedation.

When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?

We recommended about 3 years of age unless you can see decay (Black spots) in which case go to the dentist ASAP.

When will my baby start getting teeth?

You can generally see teeth erupting between 6 and 10 months of age. You should begin brushing as soon as teeth erupt.

Why are primary teeth important?

Good health is good oral health. Primary teeth hold the position and spacing for permanent teeth to come in properly. Please ask your dentist if you have questions.

What is cosmetic dentistry, and how can it help me?

Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dental specialty that focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth so that you can enjoy a more beautiful smile. It includes preventive care as well as restorative treatments. Some common cosmetic dental treatments include:

I’ve lost a tooth. What are my options for replacing it?

There are several options available to replace your missing tooth. When you visit our office, our dentist will examine your mouth, discuss your oral health needs and smile goals with you, and review your treatment options. We will design a customized treatment plan to restore your tooth and your smile. Some of the tooth replacement options we may discuss include:

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure performed when injury, infection or decay reach the “pulp” or inner tissue of a tooth. Our dentist will clean out infected pulp tissue, disinfect the canals, and fill them with medicated material. A protective filling or crown will then be placed.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a field of dental specialty that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities, including misaligned teeth and jaws. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received 2-3 years of additional training following dental school in managing tooth movement and guiding facial development.

When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their initial orthodontic screening by age 7. At this age several permanent teeth have erupted. Appliances may be placed at that time but usually treatment is started at a little older age.

Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

No! Our oldest patient who had orthodontic care was 76 years old.

What is periodontal disease?

Gums become swollen and begin to separate from your teeth creating pockets and loss of supporting bone. The debris and bacteria in these pockets must be cleaned out or teeth will become loose and need to be extracted.

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by the harmful bacteria trapped in plaque. As plaque hardens into calculus (tartar), the disease becomes more established in your mouth, and the gum attachments begin to separate from your teeth and create pockets that harbor these harmful bacteria. If gum disease is allowed to progress without treatment, the condition may become irreversible.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

What do I do if I have bad breath?

Halitosis (bad breath) may be caused by any number of factors, including:

You can prevent bad breath by visit the dentist regularly, staying hydrated, practicing good oral hygiene, using mouth rinses, and by not using tobacco products. If your halitosis persists, we recommend that you consult a physician to determine if your bad breath is caused by a medical condition, and receive an appropriate treatment.