What causes bad breath?

Many factors can contribute to bad breath. These factors include bad oral hygiene habits, poor diet choices, and plaque and buildup of tartar (which can be removed by a dental cleaning).

How to stop teeth grinding?

Teeth grinding can occur due to stress, crowded teeth, or even suffering from sleep apnea. A dental professional can help determine if a nightguard, orthodontic treatment or a solution to your sleep apnea can correct any misalignment to help with teeth grinding.

What is a cavity?

A cavity is when acid in the mouth is too high causing the bacteria to penetrate the tooth. Once the bacteria have broken the enamel wall, the decay can move quickly to the nerve, causing tooth sensitivity. It is best to get regular checkups and cleanings to catch the cavity as soon as possible and treat it immediately.

How much does a dental cleaning cost?

Dental cleaning costs vary depending on the type of cleaning needed. Most dental insurances cover 2 regular cleanings per year.

Why are my gums bleeding?

What it really comes down to is gum health. Absent of any trauma, gums bleed because of gum disease also known as gingivitis or periodontitis in more severe cases. Gum disease that is caught and treated early can prevent permanent damage to the bone and gums.

Are dental implants painful?

Dental implant procedures cause much less pain than most patients predict. If post-op instructions are followed, many patients have little to no pain.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and professional management from a dental provider, implants can last a lifetime.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a build-up of several different dangerous bacteria that attach to our teeth, gum tissue and even the bone that supports our teeth.

Why are my teeth sensitive to cold?

Our teeth are made up of dentinal tubules. If these tubules are exposed for any reason such as trauma, clenching, or tooth breakage, then tooth sensitivity can happen.

What is the most common dental emergency?

Most common dental emergencies are broken teeth and toothaches due to deep cavities.

What happens if a broken tooth goes untreated?

If a broken tooth is left untreated, the patient may experience pain, anywhere between light to severe. Depending on the location of the break, it may result in the need for a root canal or even extraction and a need for a replacement. In addition, if an infection develops, it could lead to swelling and cause many more health issues.

What causes teeth to decay?

There are the obvious reasons of not brushing, flossing as well as the consumption of sugary foods and drinks. There are also genetic components. With proper evaluation from a dentist and a plan for caries management, teeth decay can be minimalized.

Why are my teeth sensitive to cold?

Many factors can cause tooth sensitivity such as gum recession to clenching or even presence of tooth decay. Your dental professionals can complete a full evaluation and determine the cause.

What causes dry mouth during the night?

Naturally we produce less saliva at night, but many factors can make it worse such as medications. Mouth breathing at night and snoring due to sleep apnea also play a significant role in the dry mouth.

Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?

Biofilm is what we are constantly fighting. This biofilm is the cause of gingivitis. Proper flossing and brushing and regular intervals of professional cleanings ranging from 3-6 months will help with reducing bleeding gums.

Why are my teeth sensitive to hot and cold all of a sudden?

When we talk about hot and cold sensitivity, we must ask if it is a general sensitivity or localized to an area. If it is generalized, then it could be a sign of erosion and recession. However, if it is localized to one tooth, this may be a sign of nerve inflammation and needs to be addressed immediately.

Do I really need to floss?

Flossing is very crucial. If you don’t, you are missing cleaning 35% of your teeth surfaces.

Do teeth need fluoride?

All teeth can benefit from fluoride. This is an important mineral that when used topically is very safe and helps prevent tooth sensitivity and tooth decay.

How do fillings work?

A filling or composite restoration is a procedure where we remove the diseased part of the tooth and place a safe, non-toxic material to fill the area.

What’s the best way to whiten my teeth?

The best way to whiter teeth is cutting back on foods and drinks that cause staining such as coffee, tea, and red wine. There are at home or in office options to whiten teeth. The in-office bleaching causes less sensitivity. You may have to speak to your dentist to see what the best option for you is.