Frequently-Asked Questions

Why get regular professional teeth cleanings?

Here are 5 great reasons to have your teeth professionally cleaned:

How do I maintain a healthy smile?

To keep a smile, it takes a while! Brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially after meals. Doing a thorough job takes 2-to-3 minutes.

How important is flossing?

Floss is the boss! Dental floss reaches many areas that your toothbrush cannot, especially between teeth. Remember to floss your teeth once a day.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Be good to your gums! Puffy red or tender gums, or gums that bleed, mean you should see the dentist right away. Pay special attention to your gums for signs of gum disease.

What does my diet have to do with my teeth?

Eat and drink, but be sure to think! It's an important unknown fact that eating a well-balanced diet contributes to a healthy smile. Avoid sticky, sweet things like candy or soda. Also, remember to rinse your mouth after consuming tea, coffee, or smoking, because they cause staining of the teeth.

My teeth feel fine, so why do I have to come in every six months?

Don't wait until its too late! Your dentist is trained to see the hidden problems that you cannot. Preventative care involves regular checkup and cleanings by your dentist.

What is root planning and what is its purpose?

Periodontal diseases (gum diseases) are infections of the gums & bone that hold teeth in place. If problems are not treated early, they can become severe and may lead to tooth loss. As the problem progresses, pockets form, allowing more plaque to collect below the gumline. You may not be aware that you have a problem until your gums and their supporting bones are seriously damaged. The good news is that periodontal diseases can often be treated in its early stages with scaling & root planning treatment. Comprehensive scaling is used to remove plaque and tartar beneath the gum line. The tooth's root surfaces are then smoothed or planed. This procedure helps the gum tissue to heal and periodontal pockets to shrink. It also makes it more difficult for plaque to buildup along the root surfaces.