Your Most Common Dental Questions Answered

How can I make my teeth whiter?

Tooth Whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy white smile. Over the years, fluoride has been added to the whitening product. This will ultimately reduce the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity. Tooth Whitening must be monitored by your Dentist and only done after you have a comprehensive exam by our Doctor and a full checkup with one of our Dental Hygienists. The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, dark sodas and red wine will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!

How can parents help prevent tooth decay?

Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning when the eruption of their first tooth occurs. Then we can recommend a specific program for brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to oversee and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to your regular dental visits and a well balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits and teeth.

What is a filling?

A filling is a synthetic material that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. Fillings do not generally hurt because your dentist will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. White fillings, also known as composites are often made of glass and plastic polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure. This restoration is created with a resin material and fits securely into a tooth to prevent any future decay. Rather than a silver filling in your mouth, the composite white fillings will be customized to match your existing tooth color.

What is gum disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria that builds up and is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will then lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and maintaining your regular hygiene checkups will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease. Common signs of gum disease are red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums, chronic bad breath, loose teeth, or loss of teeth, extreme tooth sensitivity, receding gum line and/or abscessed teeth.


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