Adult & Family Dentistry FAQ
1. Why should I floss, isn’t brushing enough?
If you do not floss, eventually it hardens into tartar. Plaque can be removed by brushing or flossing. Only your hygienist can remove tartar.
Ask your hygienist to show you the proper way to floss. You will both notice the difference at your next cleaning appointment.
2. What is Xylitol and how can it reduce decay?
The average American consumes large amounts of sugar per day. The cavity- causing bacteria in our mouth, feed on sugar and then multiply rapidly. The bacteria excrete the acidic plaque film that sticks to the teeth and causes decay. Unlike sugar, xylitol is not a food source for the bacteria and actually inhibits the production of plaque. The less plaque build-up, the less bacteria which results in far less decay. Research has shown that xylitol is most effective if consumed throughout the day. Since xylitol is available not only as a sugar substitute but can also be found in toothpaste, mouthwash, candies, mints and chewing gum, it is a way to help keep our teeth decay free.
3. What are cavity-fighting sealants?
The American Dental Association points out sealants are an effective weapon in the arsenal against tooth decay. Sealants are a thin coating applied on chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria.
Sealants have proven effective with both adults and children, but are most commonly used with children. Despite the fact that sealants are about one fourth the cost of fillings, only a small percentage of school-aged children have sealants on their permanent teeth.
Our hygienist can pinpoint teeth that are good candidates for sealants or whether your tooth already has a small cavity. Ask your dentist or hygienist whether sealants are a good choice for you or your children.
4. What is periodontal disease?
- Bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Loose teeth or teeth that have shifted
- Sensitive teeth
- Pus coming from around the teeth
- Pain on chewing
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
Treatment of early periodontal disease can be performed in-office. However, advanced stages may require surgery. Periodontal disease can be prevented and treated successfully by seeing your dentist and dental hygienist regularly and following recommended therapy plans.
5. What causes canker sores?
The exact cause of canker sores is unknown. Some factors may include genetics, allergies, stress, as well as vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Trauma to the inside of the mouth can result in the development of canker sores. Ill-fitting dentures or braces, toothbrush trauma from brushing too hard, or biting your cheek, may produce canker sores.
Certain foods may also be a factor. Citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables can trigger a canker sore or make the problem worse. Foods like chips, pretzels and hard candies have sharp edges that can nick and injure the soft tissue of the mouth.
To treat a small canker sore, rinse your mouth with antimicrobial mouthwash or warm water and salt. Over the counter treatments are also available.
If the canker sore is large or painful, see your dentist. Ask our staff for more information about prescriptions available and/or about receiving an Ozone treatment in office. Ozone can kill the virus that causes canker sores, offering immediate relief. Prescriptions and Ozone therapy can greatly improve healing and decrease pain.
6. Why should I use a mouthguard?
Commercial, ready-made mouthguards can be purchased at most sporting goods stores. They are relatively inexpensive but they are also less effective. In either case, rinse your mouthguard with water or mouthwash after each use. With proper care, it should last for several months.
Ask your dentist which kind of mouthguard you should use.
7. I am undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation for cancer treatment, how can this affect my mouth?
8. I have diabetes. Why is my dentist concerned?
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