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Our commitment to each and every patient is to provide them with the best dental care. Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions we have received from our patients.

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Why is visiting the dentist regularly so important?

Regular visits to your dentist will help keep your teeth and mouth healthy which is a benefit for your overall health. Dental care is important because it prevents tooth decay, prevents bad breath, gives you a whiter smile, strengthens your teeth, and allows your doctor to detect serious dental problems early.

What are the early signs of serious dental problems?

There are many signs of early dental trouble and they include dry mouth, bleeding gums, bad breath, swollen gums or face, tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, redness, and broken teeth. Getting regular check-ups is important and problems will be detected early, saving you time and money down the road. If you think you have a serious dental problem, contact us today and let us take care of the problem early before it’s too late.

So, why do I need to floss?

Flossing is very important – there is no getting around it. When you floss regularly, you get rid of the plaque and food that sits between your teeth and under the gumline. If you avoid flossing, then you should know that plaque inevitably turns into tarter, and this means that spaces form between your gums and teeth, causing pockets. Gums will then eventually pull away and will loosen your teeth and this could lead to many oral health problems.

Is Gum Disease Common?

Yes. Most people will develop gum disease at some point in their lives and it is the most common dental problem. The scary part is that gum disease develops slowly and painlessly over time, but the end result could mean the loss of your teeth or even bone! Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash are important, but regular visits to the dentists are very important. Your dentist will know the early signs of gum disease and will help fix it.

Which type of toothbrush should I use?

The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings. Electronic toothbrushes are also great idea as they offer effective brushing techniques.

What’s the difference between a ‘crown’ and a ‘cap’?

These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as “crowns.” However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as “caps” and the gold or stainless steel ones as “crowns.”

What’s the difference between a ‘bridge’ and a ‘partial denture’?

Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.

Do I need to have a root canal just because I have a crown?

No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.

Is it possible for my teeth to be more sensitive if I brush?

The general answer is a definitive no, if you are brushing correctly. The outside layer of your teeth is made of enamel. This is an extremely hard substance that is very wear resistant. Our suggestion though is to always use a soft tooth brush so as not to harm the surrounding gums when you brush.

When is the right time to take my child to the dentist for the first time?

Dentists will recommend the best time to take your child to the dentist for the first time is around their first birthday – the time when they mostly likely will start growing teeth. The first visit for your young one is very important: it allows your dentist to examine your child’s teeth and it’s a great opportunity for you to get valuable information on following good oral care for your child.

How do I choose the right dentist?

You want a dentist who connects with you and your family and you might want to visit a few doctors before making a final decision. Here are questions you need to ask yourself when selecting the right dentist: Is your doctor a member of the American Dental Association (ADA)?; Are your dental history records placed in a permanent file? Does the dentist take the time to offer tips for good oral health? Do you find the dentist approachable? Does the dentist office appear to be neat and tidy and well organized? Does the dentist offer new and innovative technology? If you answered yes to these question well then you found your new dentist! It’s also important to look at Google Reviews and it never hurts to ask for patient recommendations.

If you have additional questions about how we can make your smile brighter, contact us today.

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