Why is flossing so important?
Brushing your teeth regularly is the most important component of keeping up a good oral hygiene routine and should remain your number one daily practice. However, flossing is the perfect complement to clean the nooks and crannies between your teeth that your toothbrush just can’t reach. Daily flossing helps you make sure that bacteria and food particles that might get trapped between your teeth are taken care of.
What is the dentist looking for during the exam?
There are specific things that your dentist and hygienist will check when you are in for your routine exam. They are checking to see if there is anything unusual or out of the ordinary, and to make sure that your gums and teeth are perfectly healthy. They will check for:
- Cavities or decay
- Periodontal disease
- Loose teeth
- Indications of oral cancer
- TMJ disorder
- Broken or cracked teeth
Will X-rays be taken?
X-rays are the safest and quickest way to check for abnormalities and difficult to see problems in your teeth and jaw. By examining your x-rays, we can discover breaks and cracks, find signs of decay, and check for other problems in your mouth. This way, we can find and fix problems before they get worse.
What can I do to prevent cavities?
Almost everyone will get cavities at some point in their life. If we find them early, cavities are very easily treated, but if we allow them to linger, they can get worse, even leading to loss of the tooth.
Luckily, cavities are also easily prevented. A good daily oral hygiene routine that includes flossing and brushing should do the trick. We recommend that you brush and floss twice a day. Swishing with mouthwash once a day caps off a perfect routine.
And of course, always come in for your twice-yearly checkup!
What are the facts about periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums. It develops pockets between the gums and teeth and is more commonly known as gum disease. If gone untreated, it could lead to gum recession or tooth loss.
Tartar and plaque naturally build up on your teeth over time, which gives bacteria a place to grow. Even regular brushing and flossing sometimes allow build-up along your gum line, which is why gum disease is very common.
Your hygienist will pay particular attention to your gum line during your twice-yearly cleaning, making sure that the space where your teeth and gums meet are free of build-up and kept clean. We will always work with you to make sure that you avoid developing gum disease!
What are some common signs of dental problems?
At some point in your life, you will likely develop some sort of trouble with your teeth or mouth, so it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of trouble. Always call us right away if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding in your gums
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Tender or swollen gums
- Sores that don’t clear up
- Changes in your bite
- Pain or intense discomfort in your neck, face or mouth
- Trouble eating or speaking
Why do my teeth get darker?
It’s natural for your teeth to become darker or discolored as you age. There are several causes, including drinking dark fluids like coffee or tea. Sometimes you may take a medication that is to blame.
The easiest and best way to keep your teeth bright and clean is to brush and floss twice daily. Try to avoid darker drinks, stay away from foods that are brightly dyed, and don’t smoke.
We are always happy to help you restore your teeth to a bright white. Just give us a call and ask about our teeth whitening services.
Do I still need to see a dentist every six months if I wear dentures?
The answer is yes! It is a common misconception that denture wearers don’t need to come in for their regular checkups. But, by coming in every six months, we can identify early warning signs of gum disease, oral cancers, and other easily preventable problems. We’ll also check to see that your dentures fit correctly, don’t contribute to any bite problems, and examine for signs of decay or deterioration.
What are the best kinds of toothbrush and toothpaste?
We always recommend that you pick the toothbrush and toothpaste that make you feel the most comfortable using twice daily as recommended! The ultimate goal of our team is to keep your teeth, mouth, and gums in the best possible condition for years to come. Just be sure that the products you choose have been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). You can’t go wrong with anything that bears their stamp of approval.
And don’t forget, we’re happy to chat with you and answer any questions you may have about specific products when you are in for your regular exam.