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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health. If you have any other questions, or would like to make an appointment, we would love to hear from you.
You should have a dental checkup and cleaning at least twice a year, although your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits.
Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential for preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits, the teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. In addition, there are many other things that monitoring and tracking help detect, prevent and maintain your dental health.
Brushing teeth removes food particles, plaque and bacteria from all dental surfaces, except between the teeth. Unfortunately, our brush can not reach these areas that are highly susceptible to periodontal (gum) caries and inflammation.
Flossing daily is the best way to clean between your teeth and below the gum line. Flossing not only helps to clean these spaces, but also disrupts plaque formation, preventing damage to the gums, teeth and bones.
The plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of bacteria that live on food scraps and saliva. Bacteria produce toxins (acids) that cause cavities and irritate and inflame the gums. Also, when the plaque is not removed above and below the gum line, it hardens and becomes the calculus (tartar). This also irritates and inflames the gums and also slowly destroys the bone. This is the onset of periodontal disease (gum infection).
*If you feel a little shy about your teeth, or just want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful smile.
Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular in recent years, not only because of the many advances in cosmetic dental procedures and materials available today, but also because patients are increasingly focused on improving their health in general. This includes dental prevention and having a whiter, radiant and healthy smile.
There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your teeth and improve your smile. Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your spectacular smile, from restoring a single tooth to having full mouth make-over. Ask your dentist how you can improve the health and beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.
Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Many of us do not realize that we have bad breath, but we each have it from time to time, especially in the morning.
There are several reasons why one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the main reason is due to microbial deposits in the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduces bad breath by up to 70 percent.
In the morning – saliva flow almost stops during sleep and its reduced cleaning action allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.
Certain foods – Garlic, onions, etc. Foods that contain odor-causing compounds enter the bloodstream; Are transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled.
Poor oral hygiene habits – Food particles left in the mouth promote bacterial growth.
Periodontal (gum) problem – Colonies of bacteria and food scraps that reside under inflamed gums.
Dental decay and poorly adjusted dental appliances can also contribute to bad breath.
Dry mouth (xerostomia) – Can be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems or continuous mouth breathing.
The tobacco dries the mouth, causing bad breath.
Dieting – Certain chemicals called ketones are released into the breath the moment the body burns fat.
Certain medical conditions and diseases or problems with diabetes, liver and kidney, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis and various pneumonia conditions that may contribute to bad breath.
Keeping track of what you eat can help identify the cause of bad breath. Also, check your current medications, recent surgeries, or diseases and check with your dentist.