Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

Are my silver fillings bad for me?

amalgam-or-silver-fillingsAlthough silver fillings are not proven to be harmful, they are an inferior product when compared to composite or “white” fillings. Not only are white fillings more aesthetic, but they also allow us to remove less tooth structure when placing fillings. Since white fillings are bonded restorations, they tend to function better under biting pressures whereas silver fillings often crack or cause the tooth it sits in to crack. In order to provide you with the best treatment possible, we recommend any cavities you may have be treated with composite fillings.

Why does my child have bad breath?

mouth-oral-careChildren often have bad breath because they are not properly brushing their teeth and tongue. It is important that as a parent, you physically brush your child’s teeth until he or she is able to thoroughly do so himself/herself. Another way to address bad breath is to implement a children’s mouthwash regimen after brushing and flossing. We recommend ACT anticavity mouth rinse.

How can I whiten my teeth?

WhiteningTeethThere are many ways to whiten a person’s teeth. From the most simple approach- buying whitening tooth paste, to more complex ways- veneers. It is important that an individual’s desires and expectations are known so that we can properly guide you to achieving the results you want.

When should my child get braces?

headgear-retainerchildrens-bracesAs every child is unique, each child’s dentition must be approached as an individual case. Some children require braces at an early age while others are not ready for braces until they reach their early teens. It is important that a child is evaluated every 6 months to monitor growth patterns and tooth eruption.

Why are my teeth so sensitive?

Sensitivity may be caused by a variety of reasons including cavities, recession, gum disease, and grinding. It is important that you have a comprehensive examination to diagnose the reason for your sensitivity.

How can I avoid getting cavities?

Just like staying fit and healthy requires a combination of actions to maintain, preventing cavities cannot be avoided by doing just one thing. In order to prevent cavities, you should brush and floss your teeth regularly, see a dentist twice a year, and avoid sugary drinks and snacks on a regular basis.