How often should I go to my dentist for a checkup?
Patients should come in every six months for a checkup. Additional checkups
may be required on a case to case basis.
How does a tooth decay?
Tooth decay is caused by a substance called plaque, a cream-colored, bacteria
laden film which develops on the teeth. Bacteria in plaque eat the starches and sugars left
in our mouth and create an acidic byproduct which dissolves our teeth. To prevent and reduce the risk of getting a cavity, dentists recommend flossing
and brushing your teeth after every meal. Frequent checkups will also allow doctors
to inspect and quickly resolve any problems the patient may have before the condition
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a serious oral disease that many people are affected with. There
are many different types of gum disease, the two most common being gingivitis and
periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by bacteria in the teeth from plaque and hardened
tartar, a hardened plaque that can only be removed by professional cleaning. When
gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis which is an inflammation of the
gums. If not treated in time, the bacteria will reach below the gum line, causing the body
to react by receding the gums. The bacterial toxins then break down the bone and tissue
that hold the teeth in place. If not treated in time, the affected teeth may have to be
removed. To prevent such harsh actions, care for gum disease is required and is very
simple. Proper flossing and brushing after each meal will greatly reduce the chance of
gingivitis from occurring.
Is it necessary to take x-rays?
At Choice Dental Center, we believe that x-rays should only be taken on a needed
basis according to the doctor. New patients, however, are recommended to take x-rays
for a proper diagnosis.
How do I maintain good oral hygiene?
To maintain good oral hygiene, we recommend flossing and brushing after every
meal and reducing daily intake of sugary or acidic foods. Drinks such as coffee and tea
are known to stain teeth when consumed daily. Besides diet, smoking can also greatly
affect the staining of a person’s teeth and cause bad breath. Take good care of your teeth
because they are meant to last a lifetime!
My children are scared of the dentist…is your office child friendly?
Yes! Our office is specially trained to accommodate children of all ages. Proper
oral hygiene habits start at a young age!
Who is the best dentist for me?
The best dentist is someone who you can trust to take proper care of your teeth.
Your dentist should make you feel comfortable before undergoing any procedure, large
or small. The ideal dentist for you should answer any questions you may have and solve
your problem in the safest, most convenient, and cost effective method. If you have any
questions or concerns, feel free to call your local dentist for an interview before you go in