Frequently asked questions
How often should I see my dentist?
Seeing the dentist twice is a year minimum is best. A good cleaning by one of our trained professionals can make sure that places you cannot reach or may have missed are clean. Also an annual dental exam can catch early signs of dental issues. Catching dental issues early is key to control and fix them.
How often should I brush and floss?
Brush your teeth twice a day and floss your teeth once a day. A good rule of thumb is to brush once in the morning and once before bed.
What is the correct way to brush my teeth?
Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums. Use short (tooth-wide) circular or back and forth brush strokes. Be sure to brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
What is the correct way to floss?
Slide your floss between your teeth. Then once it makes contact with gums, move the floss gently in a "C" motion. From there, move the floss up and down gently to clean the area. Repeat the process between each tooth.
What exactly is plaque and how does it affect my teeth?
Plaque is a soft sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. Failure to remove plaque can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Is gum bleeding during brushing/flossing normal?
Bleeding during brushing or flossing is not normal. This is likely an early sign of gingivitis. It is best to schedule an appointment with your dentist. If left untreated this can lead to gum disease, so this must be taken seriously.
At what age do braces become a good option?
Braces are ideal at the ages of 10-14 years old, but people of any age can benefit from braces.
What types of braces are there to choose from?
Braces usually come in three forms with wires being used to move them to the desired position. The first being brackets that are bonded to the teeth. These brackets can come in metal or plastic and clear or tooth-colored. The second form is one that is hidden from view. This form is lingual-type brackets which attach to the back of teeth. The third form is bands that cover most of the teeth with metal bands that wrap around the teeth.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars people get. Most get them in their late teens or early twenties. When healthy and properly aligned, they can be a valuable asset to the mouth.
When should you get your wisdom teeth removed?
More often than not, wisdom teeth come in misaligned. When this happens it can cause crowding in your teeth, pain, and dental problems. When they come in misaligned like this, it is time for removal.
Why should we get our teeth straightened?
Straight teeth are not only more appeling, but also have less cavities and other problems. One common problem of protruding (buck) teeth is that they are more susceptible to fracture. Having your teeth straightened alleviates this issue and gives you a better chance of protecting them from injury.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums that can lead to damage of the gums and even destruction of the jawbone.
How can I spot periodontal disease?
There are a couple ways to spot periodontal disease.
What are the steps to prevent periodontal disease?
Making sure you are getting the required vitamins and minerals for your teeth in your diet is one of the first steps you should take to prevent periodontal disease. Additionally, good oral hygiene such as flossing and brushing regularly, along with visiting your dentist regularly are keys to prevent periodontal disease.
Why do our teeth yellow?
Our teeth yellow as our enamel wears down over the years. This is because the core substance (dentin) that makes up our teeth is yellow. When the semi translucent enamel wears down it reveals the yellow dentin underneath.
How long can I expect teeth whitening to last?
You can expect your teeth whitening to last 1-3 years. Touch ups are typically all that is required to keep your teeth looking pearly white.
Is there anything I can do about bad breath?
If you have bad breath, talk to your dentist about what steps to take to eliminate it. Good oral hygiene and regular checkups will help reduce it. A good brushing and flossing routine will rid your mouth of any odor emiting food particles that are stuck in your teeth.