Frequently Asked Questions

While we are more than happy to answer your questions in person or on the phone, we know that it isn’t always ideal in terms of your schedule. To help, we have compiled a list of the questions our patients ask us the most.

To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you need to brush twice a day at the very least. However, we do not recommend that you regularly brush more than three times a day.
Use a soft-bristle brush so you do not cause damage. Then, hold the brush head at a 45 degree angle from the gums and gently brush using a circular motion. Spend at least two minutes brushing and give equal time to all tooth surfaces.
Use the type of floss you like best: flavored, unflavored, pre-threaded flossers, or whatever works best for you. Be sure to floss between all teeth all the way up to the gumline. Move the floss up and down several times to full disturb any particles that may be there so plaque does not harden.
Plaque is a yellow film of bacteria that forms on the teeth naturally; everyone has it. It can harden in as little as two days. Daily hygiene ensures it is disturbed so it does not harden and damage the teeth.
Periodontal disease is an infection that impacts the gums and bones that hold your teeth in place. It is caused by plaque hardening into tartar, which then irritates and inflames the gums, allowing them to become infected. In the earliest stages of the disease, the gums swell, become red, and bleed easily. As it progresses, the gums become sore, bleed more, and sometimes you experience pretty acute pain. If left untreated, it will lead to tooth loss and bone loss.

Signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Tender gums
  • Receding gumline
  • Bad breath
  • Pus at the gumline
  • Loose teeth
  • A change in your bite
  • A change in the fit of your dentures
  • The only real way to prevent it from developing is by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day and visiting the dentist at least twice a year. Eating a healthy diet helps.
    Our teeth do not actually turn yellow except when stained. However, the enamel wears down over time, which then allows us to see the yellow of the material that is inside our teeth, called dentin. This is what we perceive as our teeth turning yellow.
    Teeth whitening can last as long as three years, but habits and the differences in your body can cause it to not last as long.
    Bad breath can be caused by many factors. A such, the first thing to do to address it is to ensure you are brushing and flossing twice a day, and brushing your tongue as well. If it persists, look at your diet and come see us so we can make sure nothing is wrong.