Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
1. What can I expect in my first visit?
Every individual has unique dental needs, and it is highly important for us to completely assess your current oral health. We perform an oral check up and look at the muscles and joints that open and close the mouth. We will look at your teeth, gums and the bone that hold the teeth in (the peridontium). If appropriate we will take photos and x-rays of your teeth. All this will help us to get you the best treatment for you and recommend the best course of action.
2. How can I have whiter teeth?
We provide two levels of teeth whitening; our best alternative is the same one used in the popular television show "Extreme Makeover". This system offers you the best teeth whitening with minimal (if any) side effects.
Another option for teeth whitening is porcelain veneers which are used for more difficult cases. There are other ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. For more information on these services and cosmetic denture repair, please contact us.
3. What kind of toothpaste is the best?
Toothpaste is important for what it supplies, fluoride and tartar control, but the most important part of brushing your teeth is the technique used. Be careful of the whitening brand because some are abrasive and remove enamel from teeth. Of all the different types, find one you like and make sure it has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
4. What is better an electric or manual toothbrush?
Many people have done some testing about this fact, and most of them usually recommend electric toothbrushes because of their design, ease of use, and availability. In the market there are different models and most of them perform very well. If you have a question about a specific model or brand, please ask us, we would be happy to assist you.
5. What do you offer for the nervous anxious patient?
We realize that even though dental care has gone along way in terms of patient comfort there are still those with concerns and fears. Dental care should not be an unpleasant experience so we provide a full array of options for those patients. We offer several techniques to help you relax so please ask us what your options are.
6. Lately every time I brush my teeth, they bleed, what could be the problem?
Your teeth are not bleeding but the gums around them are. The earliest signs of gum disease, Gingivitis, are puffy, irritated and bleeding gums. The disease can progress to a point where the bone holding your teeth in your jaws will be destroyed and you can lose your teeth. If treated early at the gingivitis stage the disease can be arrested and you can see your gums get healthy again.
7. How can I avoid getting Cavities?
The best way to avoid cavities is by eating right, brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily and visiting your dentist every six months. Children and some adults can benefit by having Sealants placed.
8. Is laughing gas safe?
Laughing gas (Nitrous oxide) is very safe when used appropriately by a qualified dentist. Laughing gas can make dentistry a relaxing experience for children and adults.
9. Is it normal for children to "grind" their teeth?
Some children have the habit of "grinding" their teeth, especially during sleep. This is common among children, however, it is not to be considered in the same vein as adult grinding. The baby teeth flatten and wear with the grinding because the tooth enamel is thinner. If it persists after the permanent teeth have erupted the dentist will then discuss the problem with the parent. If these various habits are diagnosed and corrected early in transition between a child's primary and permanent dental development, the chances of the child having straight teeth are greatly improved.
10. When is the best time to start orthodontic treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have an orthodontic consult by age seven. This does not mean all children will need treatment at this age, but this determines who could benefit from early intervention