FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS

How often should I have a teeth cleaning and checkup?
The American Dental Association recommends going to your dentist for a cleaning and checkup at least twice a year. This will help prevent any serious problems from going undetected.

What is the best toothbrush to use when brushing my teeth? What toothpaste would you recommend?
A soft bristle toothbrush is recommended to minimize abrasion to the enamel of the teeth. A smaller head brush will allow easier reach to back teeth. Many people find it helpful to use electric toothbrushes in removing stains and plaque from their teeth.
For use of toothpaste, we recommend any inexpensive toothpaste containing fluoride.

When should I take my child for his or her first visit?
We recommend you bring your child to the office for their first visit at the age of 2 to 3 years old. It is important that your child�s first experiences in the dental office be a positive one. That is why we make every effort to help your child feel comfortable during each visit.
Starting children off early with good hygiene habits at home such as brushing twice daily, flossing and a fluoride rinse, if recommended by the dentist, will ensure long lasting oral health.

Does tooth whitening damage my teeth?
Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that reverses discoloration of enamel creating a whiter appearance. Occasionally patients experience mild sensitivity, which may last a day or two following the procedure. No side effects or damage to the tooth structure have been reported.

Can anything be done about bad breath?
Bad breath (also known as halitosis) often stems from systemic and medical problems. Improperly fitted dentures, bridge work or tooth decay can also cause bad breath. However, halitosis problems result from a localized bacterial infection in most cases (especially bacteria in the mouth), which leads to gum disease. We recommend patients who are experiencing these problems come in for an oral evaluation.

I may grind my teeth. Is there anything I can do?
Many people clench or grind their teeth when they sleep. Grinding, also known as bruxism can damage the tooth structure irreversibly. Over a long period of time, the excessive forces placed on the teeth can wear out the enamel, exposing the tooth�s inner structure including the nerve. Today, an increasing number of adults are at greater risk of losing their teeth prematurely as a result of bruxism. According to leading medical opinion, contributing factors include stress, caffeine and caffeine-like stimulants and destructive oral habits. To prevent bruxism from happening, a night guard should be fabricated and worn nightly. People who experience generalized sensitivity or wake up with jaw pains or headaches should come in for a dental consult.

What is the success rate of dental implants?
The success rate of an implant in healthy adults with generally good health and adequate bone support is 98% (supported by the current periodontal scientific literature). Following through with appropriate home care is a key factor in the success rate of the implant.

Do I have to live with gum recession, which makes my teeth look unsightly? Is there anything I can do about it?
Gum recession that leads to exposed tooth roots can result in root cavities, thermal sensitivity and an uneven smile line. Recession can be easily treated by our periodontist using a procedure called a connective tissue graft, a skin graft done in your mouth.

 



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