Oral Health

1. How are cavities detected?

Cavities can be detected through both sight and x-rays. X-rays are safe for both adults and children.

2. How can I help prevent tooth decay?

The best ways to prevent the decaying of teeth is to maintain proper oral health care. Brushing and flossing every day as well as avoiding highly acidic and sugary foods are key to maintaining a healthy smile.

3. Is there anything my dentist should know on my first visit?

Let the dentist know if you are experiencing any pains from the teeth or gums. This will help the dentist to determine which issues are occurring as well as evaluate specific locations.

4. My gums bleed. What does that mean?

Gums should not bleed when you brush your teeth. This may be a sign of gum disease and must be evaluated by a dentist during your next appointment. Bleeding gums may also be a sign that you are brushing too hard!

5. I have dental anxiety and fear the dentist. What are my options?

Dental anxiety is definitely a common problem, and you are not alone! Various treatments are offered to help make your experience with us as comfortable as possible. Talk with our professionals to see which options are right for you.

6. How often should I visit a dentist?

A typical check-up routine involves a dental appointment roughly twice a year to fight cavities and prevent plaque buildup. Schedule regular teeth cleanings to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

7. How long should I brush my teeth?

It is recommended to brush your teeth for at least two full minutes each time you brush. Brush twice a day minimum, but three times a day after each meal is recommended!

8. Why should I floss every day?

It is important to floss daily to remove food and plaque from in between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. As plaque causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease, flossing regularly plays an important role in helping to maintain your oral health and hygiene.

9. When and how often should I floss?

For maximum results, floss every day after you brush or after every meal to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup between the teeth.

10. Is a water flosser more effective than traditional floss?

It really all depends on which method you prefer. If you choose the method that is right for you, chances are you will floss longer and more often! Both are extremely effective at removing bacteria and plaque and no research has proven that one is significantly better than the other.