General Dentistry FAQ's
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), healthy individuals should receive “regular dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist.” If you are generally healthy, this means cleanings and exams twice per year. We believe regular preventative care is crucial to avoiding larger issues down the road. When we can identify cavities and early stages of gum disease, for example, we can take simple steps to correct them. When we do not know about these issues until they have progressed into abscesses and periodontal disease, treatment is more difficult and more expensive.
If you have gum or periodontal disease, more frequent dental visits may be needed to maintain good oral health. If you suspect you have gum disease, schedule an appointment so we can identify any areas of concern quickly.
Yes. Despite some of the press in 2016 that research was not showing clear oral health benefits from flossing, guiding institutions like the ADA and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) agree flossing is important for good oral hygiene. With 40% of tooth structure located where toothbrush bristles cannot reach, flossing is necessary to ensure food, plaque, and bacteria are removed. This helps prevent cavities from forming and improve overall gum health. Given the links between gum disease and heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes—to name a few—flossing is a key component to your overall health.
While many people ask about the long-term effects of x-rays on the body, the data shows newer digital technology has greatly decreased the amount of radiation to which we are exposed. When comparing dental x-rays to other medical x-rays, dental x-rays come out far ahead. In fact, a standard set of four bitewings has the same level of radiation as a 1-2-hour plane ride. This is before we factor in the protection that comes from the lead apron we place over you before we take the x-rays.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ's
If you have read our blog article on teeth whitening, you know this is a popular topic. With more products on the market than ever, you have choices:
- Over-the-Counter: Whitening strips are widely available in drug stores. The whitening solution is diluted so it is gentle on teeth, but it will take multiple applications to see results. They have a pre-pasted solution so you only have to adhere them to your teeth. These are the most cost-effective.
- In-Office: This is the most expensive option, but it offers the quickest results because the bleaching solution is highly concentrated. However, many patients report sensitivity after the fact. Even patients who do not otherwise struggle with sensitivity report discomfort after in-office bleaching.
- Take-Home kits: This option is the middle-of-the-road choice. While not as fast-acting as the in-office option, it is still generally faster than over-the-counter solutions, and with little to no sensitivity. We create custom whitening trays for you to take home, along with a supply of whitening gel.
Which is “best” depends on you. If you have never tried whitening, you may want to test out an over-the-counter option first. If you have whitened before without sensitivity, the in-office option may be the way to go. If sensitivity is not too much of a concern, but the cost is, the take-home kit may be best.
Restorative Dentistry FAQ's
If you chip a tooth, rest assured we have options to fix it. In many cases, we can use some bonding material to fill in the piece that chipped off, restoring your tooth to full function and aesthetics. The process is simple and does not require any anesthetic. The bonding material is very strong. It will eventually need to be replaced. But bonding can last for up to 10 years with proper maintenance. Very small chips can even be smoothed out without requiring any bonding.
Pediatric Dentistry FAQ's
You can start with newborn gum care. You just take a small cotton swab or a soft baby washcloth and clean their gums after feeding them, especially if you're using formula. As they get a little older, four months, six months-ish, you can start using a baby finger brush. You will gently rotate around their gum tissue and around their little teeth. As they get to six months - nine months, there are little toothbrushes available with very, very soft, small bristles on them to brush your baby's teeth.