Frequently Asked Questions

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How often should I brush my teeth?

According to your dentist and the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least two times a day. Brushing keeps your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy by removing bacteria-causing plaque. It is also recommended that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride when you brush your teeth. You should spend at least a minute on the top teeth and a minute on the bottom teeth, and remember to brush your tongue; it will help keep your breath smelling fresh!

My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see the dentist?

Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Your smile’s appearance is important, and your dentist can help keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful. With so many advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth.

When should I change my toothbrush?

Your toothbrush will eventually wear out, especially if you are brushing your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time. Your dentist recommends that adults and children change their toothbrush every three months. If you are using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions because you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every four to six weeks to keep any bacteria from spreading. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and keep the bristles clean. If you’ve been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.

If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

If I whiten my teeth, will they become more sensetive?

Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Most dentists perform tooth whitening. Whitening is unlikely to cause serious side effects, although some people’s teeth may become more sensitive for a short while. You may get mild gum irritation as well.

What could it mean if I have a toothache?

If there is any kind of tooth pain, you should make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible. It could range from something as simple as a normal range of sensitivity to something as serious as an infection that could be life-threatening if untreated. With a clinical exam and some x-rays, the dentist will be able to diagnose the problem and begin treatment.

What are my options if I have missing teeth?

Depending on the number of the teeth missing and the location of the missing areas, there are several options available to patients. Implants can be placed; which replace missing teeth and act as close as possible to natural teeth. Bridges rest on top of the existing teeth, and replace gaps, and do not have to be removed. Finally, dentures are a beautiful way to restore function and esthetics and have to be removed every night before bed.

Dental work can be expensive, what if I don't have a lot of money?

We accept most insurances as well as offer many different options. There are treatment options to fit everyone’s budget and schedule. Please make an appointment with one of our qualified doctors who will help you make a treatment plan that will suit your needs.

I have a lot of old silver fillings and I don't want any new ones. Are there other options?

Once an exam is performed, a plan can be made for the work that needs to be done. Old amalgam restorations (silver fillings) that are no longer good can be replaced with new white fillings. New fillings can be done using white composite material. For larger restorations, porcelain crowns and veneers can be used. All of these options are beautiful and will be chosen to match your tooth shade.

I hate my smile, how can I improve it?

There are many options for changing ones smile. For someone who doesn’t like the yellow color of their teeth, we offer in-house bleaching that can whiten your teeth by several shades. For teeth that are chipped/discolored/have large cavities, we offer porcelain crowns and veneers that last for years and are very beautiful and strong. For those who have crooked teeth, we have an orthodontist who can go over a variety of straightening options from braces to invisalign.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

According to your dentist and the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss at least once a day before bed. Brushing and flossing keeps your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy by removing bacteria-causing plaque. It is also recommended that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride when you brush your teeth. You should spend at least a minute on the top teeth and a minute on the bottom teeth, and remember to brush your tongue; it will help keep your breath smelling fresh!

When should I change my toothbrush?

Your toothbrush will eventually wear out, especially if you are brushing your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time. Your dentist recommends that adults and children change their toothbrush every three months. If you are using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions because you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every four to six weeks to keep any bacteria from spreading. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and keep the bristles clean. If you’ve been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.

For other questions, please call our offices and speak to one of our friendly staff to schedule an appointment soon. We look forward to meeting you!