Q. What causes bad breath and what can I do to fix it?
There are several reasons that bad breath becomes an issue, and you are not alone. Studies show that in healthy individuals, the main cause is microbial deposits on the tongue, which can simply be solved (or helped) by brushing your tongue.
Other causes may be poor dental hygiene, morning time saliva, certain foods, cavities, dry mouth, diabetes or tobacco use. However, the cause that needs the most attention is periodontal disease. If this is the case, it is important to see your dentist right away.
Q. How often do I need to brush and floss?
Because these simple tasks drastically reduce your risk for gum disease and other oral health issues, it is important to brush at least twice a day, particularly before bed. With brushing, make sure you are covering every surface of your tooth and don’t forget the back!
You should be flossing once a day, using at least 12 inches of floss, and working it between each tooth as well as under the gum line.
Q. Are silver fillings safe?
Because they use a blend of metals all bound by elemental mercury, there has been a lot of discussion surrounding amalgam fillings. As we know, mercury is a highly toxic substance when a person is exposed to it at high levels. However, the American Dental Association, the Center for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and the World Health Organization all support the use of silver fillings as safe ways to control tooth decay.
If you are still unsure about this option, we offer several other alternatives including composite, porcelain and gold.
Q. How often should I come in for a dental exam?
We highly recommend having your mouth checked and your teeth cleaned at least twice a year, or every six months.
Q. What are the signs of gingivitis and periodontitis?
Nearly 80% of people have some form of periodontitis, and the majority of them don’t even know. Staying informed is best, and watching out for these signs may save your teeth:
- Red or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Increasing of spaces between teeth
- Gums that bleed
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Sensitivity or tenderness
Q. Why should I floss?
While brushing your teeth does wonders, it’s impossible to get a toothbrush in those places where you need it most: beneath the gum line and between your teeth. It is these areas that are the most susceptible to plaque buildup and thus, gum disease. Floss disrupts this buildup, cleans your teeth, and ensures that your mouth has everything it needs to fight off disease.
Q. Is cosmetic dentistry worth it?
This depends on each person. Many of our patients find that a quality cosmetic dental procedure can restore their confidence, improve their smile and even help them with person to person relations like interviews and meeting new people. Our cosmetic procedures are designed to fix discoloration, gaps, missing teeth, crooked teeth and more, and we provide:
- Composite fillings
- Porcelain veneers
- Porcelain crowns
- Dental implants
- Teeth whitening
Q. How can I fix discolored teeth?
Whether from age or lifestyle choices, discoloration happens to almost all teeth, and the best way to fix it is with whitening systems. Talk to your dentist about in-home or in-office solutions and see which one may be right for you.