Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to visit the dentist?
While there are many notions swirling around, it is recommended that you visit the dentist for a regular hygiene visit twice a year, or every six months. If you have a history of gum disease or other problems, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits.
How safe are X-rays?
Dental X-rays are very safe. The amount of radiation that a dental x-ray produces is the same as a cross country airplane ride, coming in at only 0.5 millirems.
What actually is a cavity?

A cavity is simply a small recess or hole in your tooth as a result of tooth decay. Decay eats away at your tooth over time and impacts the bone structure of your tooth.

Do I really need to floss?

There’s no getting around the need to floss. Food and plaque make their way in between your teeth and lodge themselves under your gumline. If not removed in time, acid-producing plaque erodes the enamel, leaving the teeth exposed to further damage such as cavities. The only way to disrupt the growth of plaque bacteria in these areas is through flossing daily.

How will I know I need emergency attention?

Emergencies may involve swelling, bleeding and severe pain from a variety of causes. It is important to seek treatment from a dental professional right away if you are experiencing any of the following conditions:

  • Swollen face or gums
  • Redness of the face near your jaw
  • Mouth sores that make normal eating difficult
  • Severe tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold food and beverages
  • Pain on biting, often related to infection(s) or a cracked tooth
  • Trauma to the tooth from an accident - chipped, cracked, broken and/or bleeding
  • Dental abscess
  • Inflammation around wisdom teeth

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