frequently asked questions

How often should I visit the dentist?

When should my child first see the dentist?

How can I help my child prevent cavities?

What is Gum Disease and how is it harmful?

Why X-Rays and are they safe?

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

How are lasers used in dentistry?

How can a crown be completed in a single visit?

What products work best for good oral hygiene?

 

How often should I visit the dentist?

On average patients should visit the dentist at least twice a year. We understand that going to the dentist is not everybody?s favorite thing to do, but prevention is the key. Most often patients who wait until they first notice a problem usually pay more for their treatment, and run the risk of compromising their oral health. Dentists are trained to diagnose and treat problems before you become aware of them thus preventing disease, decay, and tooth loss.

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When should my child first see the dentist?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry your child should visit the dentist after his/her first birthday. It is important to evaluate the eruption of primary teeth and discuss oral hygiene. Parents can help prepare their child for this visit by brushing daily, and checking his/her teeth periodically. When children are able to visit the dentist regularly early on, they become more comfortable with later appointments that may require treatment.

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How can I help my child prevent cavities?

This is a combination of good oral hygiene and healthy dietary practices. Fluoride is the best preventative measure against tooth decay, especially in developing teeth. Most city water already incorporates fluoride, but if you use well water or bottled water your child may be at an increased risk for cavities. It is important that parents help their children brush their teeth. Most children do not have the manual dexterity needed to fully clean their own teeth. Finally, sugar consumption should be controlled and limited to mealtimes only. Sugars that cause tooth decay can be found not only in snacks, but also in milk (including formula and breast milk), fruit juices, and other sweetened drinks. Children and infants who sleep with a bottle or sippy cup should only be given water. Falling asleep with a sugary liquid in the mouth can be detrimental to your child?s teeth.

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What is Gum Disease and how is it harmful?

Gum (or periodontal) disease is the progressive loss of tooth supporting bone and gum tissue by the infiltration of bacteria. It is the leading cause of tooth loss today. Gum disease begins as plaque deposits build up between the teeth and along the gumline causing gingivitis. This plaque over time will harden to create calculus which harbors the harmful "bone-eating" bacteria. This bacteria is not only harmful to the bone around your teeth, but has also been linked to more serious conditions such as heart disease. Eliminating this bacteria buildup is the key reason for regular preventative visits.

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Why X-Rays and are they safe?

With advances in x-ray technology, dentists are now able to diagnose and treat disease and decay earlier then ever. Without x-rays most problems are not diagnosed until it is either too late or very costly to treat. Digital x-rays not only limit the amount of radiation patients are exposed to, but offer the finest diagnostic evaluation available. A full mouth series of dental x-rays (usually only taken once every 2-5 years) is equivalent to about 2 days of exposure to naturally occurring environmental radiation. Click Here to see a list of common radiation exposures.

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Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Studies have shown that teeth whitening (in-office or take home) under the direction/supervision of a dentist is safe for the teeth and gums. Some patients may experience sensitivity while whitening, which will subside after 1-3 days of stopping treatment. Too much whitening can be harmful which is why dentist supervision is essential.

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How are lasers used in dentistry?

Lasers can be used in many different aspects of dentistry today. For disease control, lasers can be used as part of gum therapy to completely eradicate bacteria from the gingival pockets between teeth. They can be used cosmetically to enhance a smile by manipulating gum contours and can even be used to treat canker sores. They are minimally invasive and promote faster more comfortable healing over traditional methods.

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How can a crown be completed in a single visit?

Utilizing the finest technology available, dentists can now complete a crown in a single visit. No more messy impressions, awkward temporary crowns, or return appointments to deliver the final product. Our CEREC technology can take a digital image of the tooth preparation, allow the dentist to design the crown on a computer, and mill the crown with the same materials used in dental labs. The entire appointment is about two hours and patients leave with a premium all porcelain restoration.

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What products work best for good oral hygiene?

Products recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) are both safe and effective. Studies have shown electric and manual tooth brushing produce similar results when used correctly, but some patients benefit from using one over the other. Discussing this issue along with toothpastes, mouth rinses, and other oral hygiene products with your dentist is important to establishing the perfect routine.

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