How can I prevent cavities?
Cavities can be prevented by careful daily hygiene. We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice daily. Flossing is important, too, so be sure to floss between your teeth every day, then rinse with mouthwash to kill any remaining bacteria.
It’s a good idea to come to our office twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings. If cavities are caught early, they can be treated, but if they’re ignored they can decay down to the roots, which can sometimes result in tooth loss.
How does flossing help?
Brushing twice daily is an important part of your daily hygiene routine, but brushing alone isn’t enough to protect your teeth and gums. When your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth, daily flossing is the best way to reach those hard-to-clean areas to make sure your entire mouth is protected. We’ll be happy to show you some flossing techniques – just ask!
What toothpaste and toothbrush are best to use?
With so many high-quality toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwashes available today, making the right choice can be a bit confusing. Just be sure the products you choose have been approved by the ADA (American Dental Association). Or we’ll be happy to make a recommendation during your next visit.
What does the dentist look for during an exam?
During your exam, the dentist and hygienists will check for anything concerning such as cavities/decay, loose teeth, TMJ disorder, cracked or broken teeth, signs of periodontal disease, and overall oral health. We will also perform an orthodontic evaluation and fluoride treatment (if needed) in addition to your normal cleaning.
Why do dentists take x-rays?
X-rays are a safe and painless way for the dentist to check for any abnormalities. X-rays allow the dental team to find cracks/breaks, look for signs of rot/decay and identify any structural problems of your teeth, jaw or mouth and then treat them before problems can advance.
What are the signs of dental problems?
If you are experiencing unusual symptoms, be sure to contact us right away. Call (330) 847-0676 and we’ll set up an appointment to check things out.
Be on the watch for any of the following symptoms: cracked or chipped teeth, tooth loss, bleeding gums, gum recession, loose teeth, tenderness/swollen gums, chronic bad breath, a change in bite, change inability to eat/speak, sores that don’t go away, pain in face/neck/mouth and more.
What is periodontal disease?
When gums become inflamed or infected, pockets can form between the gums and the teeth where bacteria can live and hide. This leads to periodontal or ‘gum’ disease which can ultimately cause gum recession and/or tooth loss.
Even though you regularly brush and floss your teeth, over time, plaque and tartar begin to build up on the teeth. Flossing and brushing can keep the plaque and tartar away from the tooth surface itself, but the gum line is far more difficult to clean.
That’s why it’s important to have an oral exam and cleaning every 6 months, so our hygienists can clean between the gums and teeth and along the gum line to clear away the build-up and allow gums to heal.
Why are my teeth discolored?
Over time your ‘pearly whites’ become a little less so due to a variety of reasons. The foods we eat, the beverages we drink, the medications we take, all play a part in causing teeth to yellow, darken, or discolor.
To keep teeth looking their brightest, be sure to brush and floss daily and avoid culprits like coffee and tea, brightly-dyed foods, cigarette smoking and more. And be sure to check out the teeth whitening solutions available to help lighten your teeth and brighten your smile.
You can choose from a variety of over-the-counter products in the marketplace, or call us at (330) 847-0676 and make an appointment for professional whitening done right here in the office.
How long will teeth whitening last?
Patients love our in-office whitening treatments because we use the best whitening methods and products available. The longevity of your whitening treatment depends on variables such as how severely discolored the teeth were before treatment, as well as how thorough your follow-up care is at home. Depending on daily oral hygiene routine, diet and care, your whitening can last anywhere between several months and 3 years!
If I have dentures, must I see a dentist every 6 months?
Yes, it’s a good idea. Dentures need special care – just like natural teeth do. It’s important to continue daily hygiene and maintenance and to visit the dentist consistently to allow us to check the fit, check your bite and look for any signs of decay or deterioration.