At Longview Family Dental, we get dental questions daily. We want to ensure our patients can make educated decisions about their oral healthcare. Part of our goal is to provide up-to-date, transparent information about why certain types of treatment are beneficial, what we do during a hygiene appointment, and why it’s essential to stay on top of your oral health. To aid in educating our patients, we are excited to provide answers to ten commonly-asked questions!
1. What are the best practices for at-home dental care?
The most crucial aspect of your at-home smile routine is consistency! Make sure you have a good toothbrush and replace it every couple of months. Using fluoride-based toothpaste will aid in keeping plaque at bay. In addition to this, flossing daily is a must! We are aware that many patients don’t enjoy flossing, but the benefits outweigh the burden! If you want to keep your teeth extra clean, add mouthwash to eliminate stray bacteria.
2. My gums have been bleeding when I floss. Why?
If you have built up plaque or tartar along your gumline, your gums may become red and inflamed and bleed due to activities such as flossing. A significant amount of buildup and bleeding may signify gum disease. We offer gum disease therapy and treatment at Longview Family Dental and can improve you in no time!
3. What is plaque? Why is it important to have it removed?
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth over time. If left unchecked for too long, the bacteria will produce acids damaging your enamel. If you do not have the plaque removed, it may turn into tartar, which is even more damaging. Keeping up with your at-home hygiene routine will keep plaque at bay but not wholly. That is why coming in to see us is so important! When you have a hygiene appointment, your hygienist will use special tools to rid your smile of lingering plaque.
4. Do you offer teeth whitening, and is it painful?
We offer two forms of teeth whitening, ZOOM in-office whitening and take-home whitening kits. Both options will help make your smile brighter! ZOOM whitening involves applying a gel to your teeth and using an LED light to set it in. Our take-home kits consist of whitening strips you can use from the comfort of your home!
5. Do you accept pediatric patients?
Yes! We recommend children begin their dental care journeys either when their first teeth emerge or when they reach their first birthday. Starting a child’s dental journey from a young age will decrease dental anxiety and increase the chance of a lifelong healthy mouth!
6. What options do you offer for replacing failing or missing teeth?
Longview Family Dental offers dental implants and implant dentures, both of which are tried-and-true options for teeth giving you problems. A dental implant looks and operates like a natural tooth and can last a lifetime if well taken care of. Implant dentures are used for upper and lower arch replacements. Your smile will look as good as new!
7. What causes my teeth to be sensitive to cold or hot temperatures?
If you experience discomfort with hot or cold food and drink, it may be time to have your smile looked at by one of our team members. Some common causes of this type of sensitivity are tooth decay, gum disease, gum tissue recession, cracks in your teeth, and clenching and grinding. We will help you resolve this issue and find the culprit!
8. How often should I visit Longview Family Dental?
For the best oral health, you should see us every six months. During these appointments, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned of any developed plaque and tartar. You will also receive an exam from our dentist. He can spot any cavities or other oral health issues that may be forming and devise a potential treatment plan.
9. I have bad breath. What is causing it?
Bad breath is more common than you think, and we want to aid you in getting rid of it immediately! Most bad breath results from bacteria growth in your mouth, specifically near the back. Make sure you stay on top of your daily oral hygiene and visit us biyearly to prevent bacteria buildup. If the problem persists, see us, and we will devise a treatment plan that will leave you feeling fresh!
10. What do you use to fix a cracked tooth?
There are a couple of options depending on how damaged your tooth is. We will strive to preserve as much of your tooth as possible. A filling is the most common procedure to correct a cavity or bond a tooth. If you have a severely cracked or broken tooth, we can place a crown to make it look as good as new. Crowns prevent weak, broken, or cracked teeth from further damage while looking and functioning just like a natural tooth.
We hope this answers some of your questions about our office, what we offer, and oral health in general. Longview Family Dental strives to provide the absolute best experience and care to every patient who walks through our doors. Learn about Prevention and Treatment of Cavities here. If you have any other questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (903) 759-0765.