how often do i need to see the dentist?
While children, teens, and adults should schedule routine dental cleaning and exam at least once every six months, those at an increased risk for gum disease or oral cancer may need to see the dentist more than twice a year.
what's the proper way to brush my teeth?
Although most people have been brushing since they had teeth to brush, others may not be cleaning their teeth the way they should. Instead of brushing left to right, dental professionals recommend brushing up and down in circular motions starting at the gumline.
Since plaque is relatively loose, you don’t need to scrub your teeth extra hard to give them a good clean. It’s best to apply gentle pressure while brushing for at least two minutes. While at it, don’t forget to brush the inner surface of your teeth. Use short back-and-forth strokes when brushing the tops of your back teeth. Finally, brush your tongue to eliminate odor-causing bacteria and have fresher breath.
are dental cleanings worth it?
Even if you maintain a solid at-home oral hygiene routine and don’t have pain or a cavity, you’ll still need regular cleanings. Besides giving you a healthy and beautiful smile, dental cleanings prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
i don't have pain, and my teeth feel fine. do i still need to visit the dentist?
Seeing the dentist is worthwhile because oral health issues can exist without your knowing. Additionally, dentists offer treatment choices, such as teeth whitening, dental fillings, and tooth replacement, to help you smile confidently.
what are my treatment options for replacing missing teeth?
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that work to replace missing teeth in the upper or/and lower jaws. These removable dental appliances are typically made of acrylic, nylon, or metal materials.
A dental bridge is a custom-made, fixed dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth by joining the artificial tooth to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Since it fills the space where teeth are missing, a bridge permanently restores your bite and maintains your face’s natural shape.
A dental implant involves the placement of a biocompatible metal post directly into the jawbone. It acts as a tooth root that supports the artificial crown once the post integrates into the bone. Dentists use implants to replace a single tooth or an entire set of teeth.