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Dental FAQ

Why do I need dental exams?

Regular dental exams help spot problems early. That’s why it’s important to see your dentist every six months or as recommended.

At a routine exam, your dental hygienist will start by cleaning the buildup from your teeth. The dentist will then do a full examination of the surfaces and the gum line.

Do I really need to floss?

Dental floss cleans tightly spaced teeth and removes the buildup of food and plaque, and if you don’t do it on a daily basis, plaque hardens into tartar. Over time, tartar wedges in between teeth and gums.

Do teeth need fluoride?

Your teeth are important to you and to your dentist. That’s why we want you to know about the benefits of fluoride, a mineral found in toothpaste. It helps make your teeth strong and protects against cavities. Your CDC dentist and other health care providers may recommend fluoride for other things like drinking water or vitamin supplements. We’ve put together this guide to tell you about these benefits, and tell you how to talk to your doctor about them.

What do sealants do?

A sealant is a special plastic coating for the chewing surface of a tooth. Sealants help protect against cavities, especially in molars and premolars and are great for kids who might be prone to tooth decay but haven’t had any fillings yet.

Does a rinse or mouthwash help?

Mouthwash can help freshen breath. It also helps protect tooth enamel from cavity-causing acids from food and drink. But mouthwash is no substitute for proper dental care — brushing and flossing for two minutes twice a day, at least.

Do sweets and ice really harm my teeth?

Yes, sweets and foods with acid, like candy and soda, can stick to teeth. If you smoke or chew tobacco, you can damage your teeth and jaw because they cause oral cancer and gum diseases.

While the outer layers of your teeth are strong enough to chew ice and tear open packages, chewing impacts the surface in a way that can chip teeth or even crack them. Gritting or grinding down on teeth when you’re stressed may crack them.

How Can I Improve the Whiteness of My Teeth?

Teeth whitening is a popular dental service that removes surface stains from teeth to restore a bright, healthy smile. There are several options for whitening your teeth, from at-home products to in-office procedures, each offering varying levels of convenience and results.

Tooth Sensitivity and Why Do I Have It?

Tooth sensitivity exists when tooth enamel is worn away, exposing soft dentin underneath. Dentin not only allows food particles to enter the innermost part of the tooth, but it also decreases the integrity of the tooth protection. When increased acidity or extreme temperature enters the mouth, pain is experienced.

What is Dental Implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can help restore your self-confidence. Dental implants look and function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat the foods you love and preventing the remaining teeth from shifting and becoming damaged.

What Age Should My Child First See a Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says the first visit should be booked when the first tooth appears – or at the latest, by the child’s first birthday. This gives your dentist enough time to detect potential problems that can affect your child’s overall