FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Can regular dental visits really add years to your life?
A: Yes! Heart Disease: Oral bacteria may compromise cardiovascular health by promoting the formation of blood clots and fatty deposits. Periodontitis has been implicated as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease comparable in importance to elevated cholesterol. Cancer: Oral cancer is as common as leukemia and claims more lives than either melanoma or cervical cancer. The five year survival rate is only about 50% since it is often diagnosed in advanced stages. It is usually painless in the early stages and can only be detected through oral cancer screenings during regular dental visits. Birthweight: Women with periodontitis are eight times more likely to give birth to premature low-birthweight babies. The inflammatory process associated with gum disease appears to promote pre-term delivery. Low birthweight children are more likely to develop cardiovascular problems later in life. Diabetes: Periodontal diseases may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar. In addition, diabetics with periodontitis are more likely to have heart attacks than those with healthy gums. Respiratory Disease: Oral infections are associated with increased risk of respiratory infections and endocarditis, especially in those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Regular dental visits and personalized oral hygiene instruction can add years to you life.
Q: What is the #1 food that breaks teeth?A: Bagels! We love bagels and we aren't saying you shouldn't eat them. Just be aware that when patients call us with a broken tooth or laminate or denture the food most often involved...by far...is a bagel. Ask us for more information.
Q: Why are my teeth sensitive?
A: You may be a bruxer. Bruxism refers to grinding or clenching your teeth. It is estimated there are 30-40 million people in this country who grind or clench their teeth in their sleep and are not aware of it! Chewing food puts about 20 pounds of pressure on your teeth while bruxing puts about 250 pounds of pressure on your teeth. There are many different signs and symptoms and all bruxers will not exhibit all of them. These include worn biting surfaces, fracture lines, broken fillings, chipped teeth, cracked roots, temperature sensitivity, gumline erosion, decay, receding gums, shortened teeth, looseness, root canal problems, and eventually tooth loss. Bruxers can have pain, clicking, and popping in their jaws as well as headaches, earaches, and tongue indentations. Possible causes include stress, smoking, alcohol, caffeine, antidepressant medications like Zoloft and Prozac, and genetics. Treatment can be as simple as reducing the causes where possible and wearing a custom fitted nightguard to prevent the teeth from coming together during sleep. We always check for signs of bruxism...please let us know if you experience any of the symptoms.
Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?
Q: How often should I floss?
Q: What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?
Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
Q: What about "silver" fillings versus "white" fillings?
Q: Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?
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