Here are some commonly asked questions provided by Dental-FAQ.com. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us.
Q. What causes tooth loss?
A. Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss. Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth’s mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. While tooth decay primarily affects children, periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects mostly adults. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis.
Q. How many times a day should I brush my teeth?
A. Most dental professionals recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing after every meal (and flossing at least once a day) is also a good way to maintain dental health.
Q. When should a child have his/her first dental appointment?
A. A child should have his/her first dental appointment no later than their third birthday. Many dentists recommend a child have their first appointment when their first tooth comes in.
Q. What causes oral cancer?
A. Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer. Combining tobacco use with heavy drinking can also foster the development of oral cancer. Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation of the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of the disease. Many dentists believe vitamins A and E can help prevent the acquisition of oral cancer.
Q. What are the warning signs of oral cancer?
A. Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.
Q. How often should someone schedule a cleaning and/or checkup?
A. Most patients are on a 6 month routine check up. There are those that need a regular maintenance visit sooner and some that can go a bit longer, dependent upon their individual need.
Q. Why is it important to floss?
A. Flossing at least once a day is important because food and plaque get stuck between your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing helps you remove this buildup before it hardens and turns to calculus or tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.
Q. My teeth are sensitive-what should I do?
A. Teeth can be sensitive for many reasons, there are products available for sensitive teeth, but it is best to see the dentist to find out the best recommendation for you.
Q. Do you do teeth whitening or sell the professional whitening systems?
A. Yes. When a patient has discolored or stained teeth there are many options that can remedy this, call us today or schedule an appointment today so we can go over our many options with you.