Common Dental Problems

What are the causes of dental decay?

Tooth decay can be attributed to the buildup of oral bacteria and plaque in the mouth, which then react with the sugar and starch of the food you eat. This produces acidic materials that wear down the enamel of your tooth and weakens its structures.

What would cause my gums to bleed?

If you’re experiencing bleeding, sensitive, swollen, and red gums, this inflammation can be caused by gingivitis. This is a result of the spread of bacteria in your mouth that is not properly cleaned from tooth surfaces. If this continues to be left untreated, it can progress into periodontal disease.

What can I do about my sensitive teeth?

Whether you are just generally more sensitive to temperature changes or have dental problems that cause heightened sensitivity, we can help reduce your discomfort. It can be caused by recession of the gum tissue, abrasions of the teeth, large metal restorations, or decay. We offer fillings, fluoride applications, or the use of desensitizing toothpastes as solutions to this tooth sensitivity.

Can I use over-the-counter whitening products?

Although there is some evidence of over-the-counter whitening products working well, these are ultimately not as powerful or effective as the gels used by our dentist. You may not be aware of potential problems or decay that needs attention prior to whitening. You will also be neglected of a custom, well-fitting mouth tray when getting whitening done outside of the office.

Cleaning & Oral Hygiene

When I cannot brush my teeth, how can I prevent decay after a meal or snack?

By rinsing your mouth with water and chewing sugarless gum or gum containing Xylotol, you can help to neutralize acid and reduce bacteria.

What toothpaste should I use?

The type of toothpaste is not as important as its ingredients. We recommend getting a toothpaste that has fluoride in it. You can speak to our dentist about specific concerns you have.

Should I rinse with mouthwash every time I brush my teeth?

Mouthwashes with alcohol can dry out the lining of your mouth and decrease saliva flow. This can cause increased bacterial growth and lessen the mouths natural defenses. You may use mouthwash to give yourself a fresh feeling, but be careful of which ingredients are in it.

Dental Procedures

What is a dental veneer?

A dental veneer is an affordable and conservative solution used to close spaces, straighten crooked teeth, and change the color of yellow or stained teeth. Their ceramic facing is bonded to the front of your tooth, changing the durability and appearance of your smile with ease.

Should I be worried about the safety of my silver fillings?

The amount of mercury released by silver fillings is gradual and much less than what you are exposed to through air, food, and water. There has been no evidence that these types of fillings pose a health risk, so if your silver fillings are in good condition, there is no need to replace them.

Are X-rays really necessary?

Our dentist uses X-ray images to detect decay, tumors, cysts or other abnormalities that are not evident to the naked eye. They are an integral part of a complete dental examination.

Childhood Dental Questions

Why is it necessary to repair the decay in a baby tooth?
The primary teeth are very important for maintaining the space necessary for the adult teeth to properly come in. Also, an abscess associated with a decayed baby tooth could damage the developing adult tooth under or near it, resulting in weakened enamel, staining, or spots.

How should I brush my baby’s teeth?
A wet washcloth or finger brush should be used to clean your baby’s gums after every meal or snack. Once the first teeth appear, a small children’s toothbrush should be used.

When will my child lose their teeth?
On average, a child begins to lose their first teeth at approximately five years of age, and will continue to lose teeth until age 12 or 13.