What are early signs of dental trouble?
If you or your child have any trouble chewing or pain – that is a sign of dental trouble. There are many other symptoms such as mouth sores, bleeding gums, redness, jaw pain, tooth sensitivity to hold or cold, broken or chipped teeth, and bad breath. It is recommend to visit a dentist at least every 6 months for a checkup to avoid any of these symptoms from becoming more serious issues.
Do I need to floss?
Yes, you need to floss to prevent food and plaque from getting built up in between your teeth and under your gumline. If you don’t floss regularly, the plaque will harden and turn into tartar.
Why do I need dental exams?
Dental exams every few months help spot any oral issues or problems you may have down the road. This will save you a lot of money avoiding this treatments later. Every visit will start with a cleaning which helps prevent plaque from building up between your teeth.
How do fillings work?
Not caring for your teeth and letting them build cavities eventually leads to the need of fillings to prevent them from spreading further. The first step is to numb your mouth to start drilling around the cavity to then add the composite and fill the cavity. Fillings usually last a long time, but if they are damaged or wear down, they can be replaced.
What kind of toothbrush and toothpaste do you recommend?
Your toothbrush should have soft bristles. Avoid getting medium or firm ones because it may damage teeth and gums. Replace your toothbrush every 2-4 months depending on the shape the bristles are in.
Almost all toothpastes will fight bacteria growth and clean your teeth. Some toothpastes that have fluoride may be good as they strengthen and protect your teeth. If you have any sensitivity to hot or cold, make sure to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Should I use mouthwash?
Yes, a mouthwash helps protect your teeth from cavities, sensitivity, and bad breath. During your consultation, we will recommend you the best type for your unique needs.
Younger kids should avoid using mouthwaste if there is a chance they will accidentally swallow it.
Are dental x-rays safe?
For the most part, yes they are safe when the least amount are taken. There is an exposure to some radiation with x-rays, but as long as a few are taken, it should be fine. You will not receive x-rays every visit to help limit the number of times you need to take them.
What's the best way to whiten my teeth?
Whitening your teeth comes down to 2 options, which only you can choose depending on your needs. The first option is an over the counter or take home gel and tray. The second option is a procedure professionally done at the office. Click here for more information on these options.