Frequently Asked Questions

Why is visiting the dentist so important?

Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:

  • Helps prevent tooth decay
  • Protects against periodontal (gum) disease
  • Prevents bad breath 
  • Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
  • Helps keep teeth looking bright 
  • Strengthens your teeth so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life!

What should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me?

Choosing a dentist who “clicks” with you and your family is important, and you may wish to consider several dentists before making your final decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine whether the dentist is right for you. During your appointment, consider the following:

  • Is the appointment schedule convenient?
  • Is the office easy to get to and close by?
  • Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
  • Was your medical and dental history recorded?
  • Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
  • Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
  • Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?

How often do I need to visit the dentist?

There is no one-size-fits-all dental treatment. Some people need to visit the dentist once or twice a year; others may need more visits. 

 Regular dental visits are important because they can help spot dental health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. They also help prevent many problems from developing in the first place. Visiting your dentist regularly is also important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth. 

What type of toothbrush should I use?

The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. Brushing in small concentric circles, rather than "scrubbing" is the best way the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.  

How often should I floss? What is the best way to floss?

Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy. 

Wind 18 rounds of floss in your middle fingers at each hands. Leaving about 5 inches between your hand. Pinch the floss with your front and index fingers. Leave about 1 inches between fingers. Gently Guide the floss between the teeth using side to side motion. Clean the surface of the teeth using up and down motion. When all the plaque has been removed then pull the floss around the next tooth and continue the process. 

What is periodontal disease?

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The three stages of gum disease — from least to most severe — are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. 

Treatment: Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) is a deep cleaning of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth where bacteria is heavy.

Signs & Symptoms: 

  • Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums
  • Gums that recede or move away from the tooth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Visible infection surrounding the teeth and gums