[expand title=”What causes bad breath and what can be done about it?”]

Bad breath, or halitosis, is primarily caused by poor oral hygiene, but can also can be caused by retained food particles, gum disease, drainage from sinus dripping or systemic, respiratory or gastrointestinal problems. Proper brushing including brushing the tongue, cheeks, and the roof of the mouth will remove bacteria and food particles. Flossing removes accumulated bacteria, plaque and food that may be trapped between teeth. Mouth rinses are effective in temporary relief of bad breath. Consult your dentist and/or physician if the condition persists.[/expand]

[expand title=”Do over-the-counter bleaching products work?”]

There is some evidence that over-the-counter bleaching products do whiten teeth, however, many of the products are too abrasive and can damage the teeth with extended use or misuse. Supervision by your dentist is always the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth.[/expand]

[expand title=”What causes sensitive teeth?”]

Sensitive teeth can be caused by a range of factors. The porous part of the tooth, called dentin, is the region that registers pain, and dentin can become exposed due to:

  • Fractured or chipped teeth
  • Teeth injured by clenching or grinding
  • Receding gums caused by gum disease or improper brushing[/expand]

[expand title=”What causes tooth decay?”]

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in your mouth reacting with sugary and starchy deposits from food. This reaction produces acid which damages the enamel over time and weakens the tooth.[/expand]

[expand title=”What are the causes of teeth grinding?”]

Teeth grinding can be caused by a range of factors; often, both emotional and physical factors are involved. Causal factors can include stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth. If grinding continues, a nightguard may be prescribed to prevent ultimate damage to the teeth.[/expand]

[expand title=”What are dental sealants?”]

Dental sealants are a plastic coating painted on the grooved, hard-to-reach surfaces of the back teeth. Pits and fissures on these surfaces are particulaly susceptible to tooth decay. Dental sealants can be used to seal out cavity-causing bacteria from damaging the teeth.[/expand]

[expand title=”Are there any alternatives to dentures?”]

Dental implants are now the alternative of choice to dentures. A dental implant is a strategically placed “root replacement” that supports permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. Implant and bridge restorations more closely resemble the look and feel of real teeth.

Call your dentist for advice.[/expand]

[expand title=”Do you offer tooth-colored fillings? Can they replace my old metal fillings?”]

The placement of tooth colored fillings is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures at our office. In addition to filling new cavities, these beautiful restorations can replace old metal fillings that have blackened, fractured, popped out, or that simply take away from the beauty of your smile.[/expand]

[expand title=”Which is better: a manual toothbrush or an electric one?”]

Comparisons have been made between power-assisted (electric) toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes to look at the ability of each to remove plaque and prevent or reduce calculus (tartar) buildup, thus reducing gingivitis (gum disease). These research studies have shown both powered and manual toothbrushes to be equally effective when used correctly. So probably, in practical terms, which brush you use is not the critical factor, but how you use it.[/expand]

[expand title=”What are dental implants and how do they work?”]

Dental implants are substitutes for natural tooth roots and rely on the jawbone for support. Strategically placed, implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost tends to be greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble real teeth.[/expand]

[expand title=”Are x-rays really necessary?”]

Absolutely. It is impossible to see directly between the teeth or under the gums or bone without the use of a dental radiograph. Many diseases and conditions can only be detected with the use of dental x-rays. X-rays allow dentists to detect disease and other conditions much sooner than the clinical examination alone. When problems are identified early, it’s easier to resolve them and avoid more costly treatments.[/expand]

[expand title=”What is the difference between a cap and a crown?”]

There is no difference between a cap and a crown. These restorations are used to restore badly worn, broken, or disfigured teeth. They can be constructed of many materials from gold to porcelain to restore a beautiful smile.[/expand]

[expand title=”When should a child have his or her first dental appointment?”]

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a child have his or her first oral health care appointment around age one. ADHA suggests an oral health visit as soon as a baby’s first tooth erupts.[/expand]

[expand title=”Why is it important to fix baby teeth that have decay? Aren’t they going to come out soon anyway?”]

It is very important to maintain the baby teeth because these teeth hold space for the future eruption of the permanent teeth. If a baby tooth decays or is removed too early, the space necessary for the permanent teeth is lost and can only be regained through orthodontic treatment. Infected baby teeth can cause the permanent teeth to develop improperly resulting in stains, pits and weaker teeth.[/expand]

[expand title=”My gums bleed when I brush, what does it mean?”]

Bleeding gums are an early indicator of gingivitis, or swollen gums, usually caused by plaque and/or calculus accumulated under the gumline. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to bone loss and eventual tooth loss. Gingivitis can be reversed by proper brushing and flossing within a few weeks. If bleeding persists two to three weeks, consult your dentist.[/expand]

[expand title=”My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?”]

Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can develop without any symptoms. 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. Today’s dentists offer many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
  • Tooth replacement and full smile makeovers[/expand]

[expand title=”Does the office accept new patients?”]

We are currently acceding new patients and referrals. As a new patient, your first appointment will include a comprehensive exam, x-rays and a consultation, All of your questions will be answered. We will go over your suggested treatment plan, pricing options and will help you schedule any future appointments.[/expand]

[expand title=”How can I finance my general, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry treatments?”]

We offer an array of financing options that allow patients to spread the cost of their general or cosmetic dentistry over time. We also accept payment by a variety of methods, including payment through dental insurance. In addition to cash and checks, we accept all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We also accept debit cards. We accept one popular dentistry financing plan, CareCredit®. Our staff is happy to assist you in determining whether your dentistry treatment cost will be covered by your insurance company. If the treatment is covered by insurance, we will help you file your claim.[/expand]