Why should I floss, isn’t brushing enough?
Along with brushing, flossing is an essential part of maintaining good oral health. Brushing alone cannot reach deep into the spaces between teeth where food particles and debris can collect. Floss is specially designed to get into these hard-to-reach crevices, dislodging the bits that brushing often misses. This lowers the chance of tooth decay and cavity formation. It is recommended to floss at least once daily, twice if possible.
How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?
It can be tricky to get kids to be enthused about brushing their teeth, but instilling good habits early on in life is key to their overall oral health for the long term. You should lead by example and brush twice daily, showing your kids that everyone must brush their teeth to stay healthy. You can allow your child to pick out their own toothbrush so they have some control over the matter. There are lots of kid-friendly brushes – some even light up and play music, making it fun.
Why does the dentist take X-rays?
It isn’t possible to see every area of the mouth with the naked eye or even with the most sophisticated tools. X-rays allow the dentist to scope out the areas of the mouth that may have been missed during the exam, as well as the bone and jaw structure beneath the gums. X-rays can also alert the dentist of an issue that is just developing, allowing for treatment before it worsens.
What is fluoride and why is it important to dental health?
Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect teeth. While it is found in food and water, the added treatment provided by your dentist can ward off tooth decay by making the teeth more resistant to acids, sugar, and bacteria. A fluoride treatment is quick and easy, and is generally administered during your regular checkup.
What are cavity-fighting sealants?
The grooves and ridges along the teeth are susceptible to trapping food particles and bacteria, which can lead to cavity development. Sealants are painted onto the teeth to keep these particles from seeping into these cracks and crevices, thus lowering the chance you’ll form cavities.
What can I do about sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, especially when exposed to hot or cold foods and drinks. A sensitivity treatment can help reduce the discomfort. There are various products that aid in tooth desensitization, including special toothpaste and prescription-strength fluoride treatments. Protect your teeth by avoiding highly acidic foods and drinks, and brush regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
What should I do about bleeding gums?
Bleeding gums is an indication that you are suffering from periodontal disease. If you find that your gums bleed while brushing or otherwise, it is important to see your dentist to get to the root of the problem. Bleeding gums is the first sign of disease which can lead to tooth loss if left unchecked.
I just found out I am pregnant. How can this affect my mouth?
Pregnancy may have an effect on the teeth and gums, as the woman’s hormones constantly change. An increased risk of tooth decay is possible as the response to plaque is affected. Hormones can shift the acid levels in the mouth, which can cause cavities. Additionally, some women experience the feeling that their teeth seem loose during pregnancy. See your dentist to maintain good oral health throughout your pregnancy.
Why do I have to take antibiotics before my dental appointment?
Some at-risk patients are encouraged to take antibiotics before having dental work done to minimize the risk of infection. Those with artificial joints are generally safer by being proactive with this common practice.
I am undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation for cancer treatment. How can this affect my mouth?
Chemotherapy can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the mouth, as well as change the normal flow of saliva. These changes can contribute to tooth decay and infections. It may also become more difficult to chew. Discuss these concerns with your dentist for tips and techniques to deal with these side effects of chemotherapy.
Do you offer dental payment plans?
Our Dental Savings Club is helpful for patients who do not carry dental insurance. There are no deductibles, no maximums, and no waiting periods. You’ll receive all the dental care you need each year, with a payment plan you’ll feel comfortable using. Dental Savings Club fees are affordable for both individuals and families.
I have dental anxiety. What should I do?
Dental anxiety is common, but there’s no reason to skip out on your appointments. We will keep you comfortable in an environment that is peaceful and calm. We will talk you through each step of your exam so there are no surprises. We pride ourselves on “no fear dentistry.” Dr. Van Treese will discuss any concerns you have as a result of past experiences.
Are dental X-rays while pregnant safe?
It is safe for pregnant women to have dental X-rays taken, as the radiation level is low and will not affect the wellbeing of the baby or the mother. Even so, we often postpone w-rays until the baby has been born. We take all the proper steps to protect you while administering the X-rays.
Do you take CareSource?
We are not a CareSource provider.
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Why do I need to see a dentist every 6 months?
We encourage patients to see the dentist twice per year for cleanings and an overall checkup, including X-rays and a cancer screening. Even if you are feeling fine, these checkups can catch an issue before you notice it. Plus, keeping your oral hygiene up to par is crucial in maintaining your overall, holistic health.