Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Why should I have my teeth cleaned every six months?

Professional cleanings conducted every six months are important for overall dental health—even for those who brush their teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss regularly. The hygienist can remove built-up plaque and tartar in hard to reach spaces that even brushing and flossing can miss. That means regular cleanings help prevent cavities and the onset of gum disease. It also means that regular cleanings are even more important for people who may be have less-than-deal ideal oral hygiene practi...

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It’s been a long time since I’ve visited the dentist. What do I need to do?

You’re not alone! Whether it’s been 6 months or 6 years, it’s never too late to get back into the routine. At our office, we can arrange for you to have a thorough and educational exam appointment. We have been taking care of people just like you for over 50 years – take advantage of our experience! We’re here to help!...

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Why do I sometimes have bad breath?

Bad breath generally comes from improper oral hygiene. The most common culprit is fairly easy to understand: Food particles that remain in your mouth for long periods of time are broken down by bacteria. That process produces sulfur compounds in your mouth that—you guessed it—smell unpleasant. Other causes for bad breath can include smoking and tooth decay. To control bad breath, the simplest advice is to brush and floss regularly. Additionally, staying hydrated, and thereby preventing a ...

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Should I use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual toothbrush?

If you use a manual toothbrush properly, including brushing with good technique for two to three minutes twice a day, it can be just as effective as an electric toothbrush. Note, however, that proper use of a manual toothbrush, especially brushing long enough, often doesn’t happen. Children, in particular, may benefit from an electric toothbrush because they are more likely to have poorer brushing habits. Also, for those with arthritis or other problems with hand dexterity, an electric toothbr...

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What is plaque, and why is it harmful?

Plaque is a film that accumulates naturally on your teeth every day. Unfortunately, excess plaque can lead to serious dental problems. Composed largely of bacteria, plaque can react with the residue of food and beverages you’ve consumed and release acids that gradually damage the enamel of your teeth and cause cavities. Without consistent brushing and flossing, plaque that remains on your teeth eventually will harden and become calculus, also known as tartar. This substance generally requir...

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