When should we come in for a checkup?
We advocate that patients follow a good oral health hygiene schedule and get a checkup twice annually. If you need more regular visits, we’ll let you know. Checkups are important, because they allow you to catch any problems before they turn into major issues. During your checkups, we’ll clean up any plaque, tartar, and leave your gums healthy and strong!
Do I really need dental x-rays?
We take bitewing x-rays once a year, and panoramic x-rays every few years. Because we use digital x-rays, our patients are exposed to 80% less radiation than with traditional x-rays! This allows us to do them at regular intervals, and keep track of your oral health, address problems early, and provide conservative dentistry whenever possible.
Should I be concerned if my gums bleed when I brush?
Bleeding usually is a symptom of some kind of issue. When gums are bleeding, it can be caused by brushing too hard, or it can indicate early gum disease (gingivitis). We can advise you on the proper way to brush, and other daily oral care habits. If you are showing signs of gum disease, we can recommend a deep cleaning treatment to restore your mouth to good health. Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults? If left untreated, it can cause significant damage to your overall health!
How important is it to floss everyday?
Definitely. Flossing helps to loosen food particles, plaque and tartar, which get trapped in between teeth, and can’t be addressed with just brushing alone. Flossing can help freshen your breath, can help prevent gum disease and can help fight cavities. We can teach you and your kids how to floss quickly and effectively!
Who is the best candidate for dental implants?
Actually, most patients are candidates! However, you must have adequate bone structure, and you shouldn’t smoke or drink alcohol to be a candidate. We can determine if implants are right for you witha simple consultation.