Dental Health FAQs

When should children first see the dentist?

Even baby teeth are important, so dental health care for children should start early. The age of two is not too soon to make an appointment for your child to have their first office visit. You should start brushing their teeth around that age at home as well, with a gentle toothbrush and toothpaste.

Is flossing really necessary?

The answer is yes. If you don’t floss, food particles get left behind between your teeth. There is no toothbrush in the world that can reach into those spaces, so you really do need to floss. If you don’t remove the food between your teeth, plaque will build up, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

How common is gum disease?

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is the most common oral health problem in America. About nine out of 10 adults have it at one time or another.

If gum disease is so common, shouldn’t I just accept it and not worry about it?

Gum disease is preventable and curable when caught in its early stages. Without treatment, common gingivitis can become the more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis. This condition can lead to tooth decay and lost teeth. If you ignore gum disease, you are likely to wind up losing your teeth.

Should bad teeth be saved or replaced?

There is no one answer to this question for everyone. A consultation with our dentist should be scheduled to discuss all of your options if you have decayed teeth, frequent toothaches or other chronic dental health problems. Sometimes teeth can be saved; other times it may be advisable to replace some or all teeth with artificial teeth or implants.

What if I have an emergency, like a tooth that falls out?

If possible, save the missing tooth in a container of milk. Call our office and come in with the missing tooth as soon as you possibly can. The quicker you get to us, the more likely it is that the tooth can be reattached.

I already have lost teeth. Should I get dentures or implants?

There is a world of difference between dentures and implants, but many factors must be considered before choosing. Call for a consultation to discuss tooth replacement options. Our dentist will help you make this important decision based on your health history and current situation.

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