Q.) Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?
A.) Yes! Floss loosens food particles, plaque, and tartar trapped between teeth. These three culprits cause bad breath, irritate gums (which can lead to gum disease) and promote cavities. If you need help learning how to floss quickly and effectively, our hygienist will gladly teach you some tricks to make your daily oral health care routine easy.
Q.) Why do I need X-rays?
A.) Dental radiographs, or X-rays, provide us with valuable information because with them, we can see what’s going on beneath, between, and under your teeth and gums. We can also detect problems in existing dental work, as well as receding bone and abscesses. For instance, cavities and gum disease show up as dark places on white teeth and bone images.
Q.) Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?
A.) We prefer to find cavities in the earliest stages, and often that means that you haven’t seen or felt them yet. Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort. We also screen for oral cancer, a disease that will affect more than 30,000 Americans this year. Oral cancer is deadly, but early detection offers an 80-percent cure rate. Gum disease is another sneaky problem that we try to catch early. It has been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and other health risks, and it is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.