What is plaque and why is it bad for my teeth?
Plaque is a sticky film covering your teeth which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Following a meal or snack, the bacteria in plaque can release acids that attack tooth enamel. After routine attacks, the enamel breaks down which ultimately leads to cavities. Tartar buildup, which can be difficult to clean, occurs when plaque is not effectively removed from teeth. Gum tissue may become swollen and bleed easily as a result leading to gum disease. You can prevent plaque buildup and keep your teeth cavity-free by regularly visiting the dentist, brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth with dental floss daily (as recommended by the American Dental Association).

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual brushes?
Electric toothbrushes are a great way to ensure teeth are being cleaned properly, however, when used with the right technique for the recommended timeframe, manual toothbrushes can be just as efficient. Electronic toothbrushes are certainly not needed for everyone, but they are ideal for adults or children who do not brush for the recommended two to three minutes. Ask your dentist for a recommendation for the best toothbrush for you.

I have bad breath. What can be causing this?
There are many different factors that can lead to bad breath. Bacteria, dry mouth, gum disease, food, smoking and tobacco, and mouth infections can all be the culprit. Bad breath can often be controlled by routine brushing and flossing, however, it is important to discuss possible causes with your dentist to rule out gum disease or dry mouth and address them before they get worse.

Do I really need to have my teeth cleaned twice a year?
Routine cleanings not only help keep your mouth healthy and clean; they allow potential problems to be found and diagnosed before they get worse. In some instances, your dentist may recommend a cleaning schedule which involves more than two visits a year. Your dentist will recommend the ideal cleaning schedule to fit your dental hygienic needs.

Why do I need to fill the cavities in my child’s baby teeth, if they will fall out in a few years?
Diseased baby teeth can lead to infection resulting in excess pain for your little one. Eating habits may change due to excess bacteria on baby teeth may also increase the risk of permanent teeth developing cavities as they erupt. Filling these cavities with decrease the amount of bacteria in the child’s mouth and allow the baby tooth to stay in place which may ultimately result in a straighter smile once permanent teeth have arrived.

What are sealants and how are they beneficial?
Sealants are coatings that are applied to deep crevices on the teeth which prevent food and bacteria from building. Often times, children receive sealants as a preventative measure for decay.

I was told I have a cavity but my tooth doesn’t hurt… why do I need to have it filled?
Waiting to fix problems can lead to unnecessary pain for you and it can increase the difficulty of the repair making them more expensive. It’s best to address cavities when they are found.

What is a root canal?
For detailed information and additional FAQ regarding root canals, please visit the American Dental Association website.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency and can’t get a hold of a dentist?
If you have a dental emergency, try to contact us first. If we are unavailable, visit an urgent care location nearby.

I have a missing tooth… can it be replaced?
There are several options to replace a missing tooth. We often recommend a dental implant, a bridge, or a partial denture. There are pros and cons to each one of these options. If you would like more information, schedule a consultation today and speak with one of our dentists on staff.