Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I have bad breath?

Halitosis, or bad breath, can hamper your social life and cause you to be self conscious when speaking to others. If you are having bad breath there are several methods you can try to freshen your breath: brush and floss your mouth; scrape your tongue; avoid foods that sour your breath; chew gum; rinse your mouth, keep your gums healthy and finally see your dentist.

How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

On average, seeing a dentist twice a year works well for most people. A few people can get away with fewer visits. Others may need more frequent visits. People with very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing their dentist just once a year.

How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Gingivitis (gum inflammation) usually precedes periodontitis (gum disease). However, it is important to know that not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis. Gum disease may progress painlessly, producing few obvious signs, even in the late stages of the disease. The symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures.
Why is it important to use dental floss?

Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?

There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your teeth and enhance your smile. Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile dramatically, from restoring a single tooth to having a full mouth make-over. Ask your dentist how you can improve the health and beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.

What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?

If you suffer from stained or discoloured teeth, your dentist can help you achieve the bright, white smile you desire with either in-surgery or at home teeth whitening treatment. It is important however, to visit with your dentist to rule out any underlying issues first.