Frequently Asked Questions
Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact your dentist.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the emergency room.
Knocked Out or Displaced Permanent Tooth: If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. Do not clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Knocked Out or Displaced Baby Tooth: Contact our office immediately.
Chipped or Fractured Tooth: Contact our office immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist.
X-rays are a vital and necessary part of dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed. X-rays detect much more than cavities. With an x-ray the dentist can survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable and affordable.
We are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of their patients to radiation. With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental x-ray examination is extremely small. The risk is negligible. In fact, the dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem. Lead body aprons and shields are used as a protection. We use digital equipment which filters out unnecessary x-rays and restricts the x-ray to the area of interest.
Sports guards are not something we always think about when you or your child are out on the field. An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth. When choosing a sports guard, find one that fits properly and comfortable, is resilient and tear resistant, easy to clean and doesn’t restrict speech or breathing. For more questions be sure to ask us at your next visit or call and make an appointment today.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride not only prevents cavities in children and adults, it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay is visible. During childhood, when teeth are still forming, fluoride works by making tooth enamel more resistant to the acid that causes tooth decay. For adolescents and adults, the benefits are just as great. Fluoride helps repair or re-mineralize areas where the acid attacks have already begun. For older adults, fluoride has been effective in reducing tooth decay along the gum line (often called "root" caries).
During Pregnancy, your hormone levels rise considerably. Gingivitis is especially common during the second through the eighth months of pregnancy. Gingivitis may cause red, puffy, or tender gums that tend to bleed easily. If serious enough it could lead to periodontal disease. It is important to brush thoroughly twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss. Keeping a healthy diet while pregnant will help prevent tooth decay and keeps you and your baby healthy.
Never let your baby or toddler fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, fruit juices, or sweetened liquids or a pacifier dipped in sugar or honey. Also pacifiers and thumbs are not good for your baby after age three. It can distort the way your child’s mouth may look. Begin oral care early. Wipe the baby’s gums with a wet washcloth or a clean gauze pad after each feeding. Check your child’s teeth regularly as soon as the baby’s first tooth comes in. Letting a child chew on a very soft toothbrush helps clean their teeth.
Bruxism is condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. Bruxism can flatten, fracture, chip or loosen teeth. It can increase tooth sensitivity, cause headaches, and tired or tight jaw muscles. Often a splint or mouth guard is made to be worn at night to keep the teeth separated to avoid the damage caused by clenching and grinding.
Sensitive teeth are a common symptom among many people. Sensitivity may be caused by cavities, fractures or worn tooth enamel and exposed roots. Prevention: Brushing teeth correctly to prevent recession and thinning of the enamel and helps teeth from wearing. Sensitive teeth can be helped by using desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride gel, bonding to “seal” sensitive teeth and in severe cases root canals.
Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet. Eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups. Be aware that most snacks can lead to cavity formation. The more frequently you snack the greater the chance for tooth decay. How long food remains in the mouth also plays a role. For example, hard candy and breath mints stay in the mouth a long time, which cause longer acid attacks on tooth enamel. If you must snack, choose nutritious foods such as vegetable, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese which are healthier and better of teeth.
- How do I prevent cavities?
Good oral hygiene removes bacteria and the leftover food particles that combine to create cavities. Brushing at least twice a day and watch the number of sugary snacks in between meals. Avoid putting your babies to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water. Sealants applied to a child’s molars help to prevent decay down in the cracks of a tooth.