1. When should my child first see a dentist?
The recommendation is at 1 year of age. It is a quick appointment where you can ask any question you have about home care and the Dr. is able to assure things are developing normally for that age. It is also a great time to start getting children comfortable in a dental office.
2. I’m pregnant is it safe to go to the dentist?
Yes, it is recommended you come in for you regular checkups during your pregnancy. During pregnancy your immune system is weaker and the hormones can make you more prone to decreased salivation, gingival disease and decay. We will always put you and your baby’s safety as our number one priority and won’t take x-rays unless we see a major problem that needs to be addressed.
3. I’ve always been afraid to go to the dentist; can your office help me?
That is something we pride ourselves in. Between the calm comfortable atmosphere we have tried to create, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and professional staff we are confident that we can find a way to help you feel comfortable while in the chair.
4. What is periodontal Disease?
It starts as gingivitis due to plaque buildup. The plaque then hardens and turns to calculus which then harbors more plaque. During this process the body’s immune system is trying to fight the buildup causing inflammation. This inflammation leads to tissue and bone loss which in most situations is irreparable. Frequent cleanings as well as good home care can catch problems early and fix them before they become irreversible.
5. Why do I get cavities?
Three things need to be present to get cavities 1- a tooth, 2- bacteria, 3- sugar. The bacteria eat the sugar and during that process an acidic environment is created. The acid causes the minerals in your teeth to exit, weakening them and allowing the decay process to begin. Essentially every time you eat so do the bugs in your mouth. Brushing and flossing destroy the colonies of bacteria that buildup within a 24-28 hour period eliminating the major component of acidic production. Also remember that fruit juices and soda are very acidic and contain sugar so frequent consumption of these beverages can accelerate the demineralization process of teeth.
6. I know I have a bad tooth what are my options?
We would need to look at it, take an x-ray and then give you your best option.
Here are the most common fixes:
- 1 – a filling
- 2 – a root canal and crown,
- 3 – extraction and implant,
- 4 – bridge or leave a space.
7. I hate my smile but am embarrassed to bring this up. Can you help?
Don’t be embarrassed why do you think so many people are getting braces it’s almost always to address esthetic concerns. We are happy to help you feel self confident in your smile. It is one of best parts of our job, giving someone a smile they can use with confidence is a great feeling and we are happy to help you find it.
8. What is the benefit of getting a checkup when nothing is hurting?
This disease and decay process for cavities starts long before your teeth ever start hurting. The best situation is to catch it while it is small and before it gets to the nerve of the tooth. This helps eliminate root canals, crowns (caps), and tooth loss by allowing us to place a little filling and not have to remove so much of your natural tooth structure. We also perform an intra and extra oral cancer screening and check your gum health. Cancer and periodontal disease may be present without causing any pain or discomfort.
9. What do you look at in my dental exam?
- The outside of your head and neck for irregular marks, lumps or bumps.The outside of your head and neck for irregular marks, lumps or bumps.The outside of your head and neck for irregular marks, lumps or bumps.
- Your Jaw for pain, clicking, popping, irregular motions.
- Your lips, inside of your cheeks, under your tongue, gums etc. to look for intra-oral cancer, recession, periodontal disease etc.
- Your x-rays to asses bone levels, look for any pathology (cancer, cysts, etc) in the bone, and look for cavities in-between the teeth.
- Your teeth to check for cavities and other problems
- Why do you take x-rays?
- We always check the bone around the teeth to look for Pathology (cancer, cysts, etc.). We then look at the bone height to help with the periodontal (gum, and supporting bone) assessment around the teeth. We then check for cavities that start in-between the teeth and enter the tooth from the side. There is no other way to check for these things which makes the x-rays an invaluable part of a full exam.
10. My wife says my breath is terrible, HELP!
Halitosis (bad breath) is an embarrassing but common problem. The cause of which is usually related to bacteria levels on your teeth, tongue, gums etc. There can be a number of other causes such as a rotting tooth, diseased gums, tonsilloliths (tonsil stones), infection, gerd etc. The most common problems are able to be fixed with minor treatment and changes in your home health care.