We’ve compiled a list of some of the questions most frequently asked about dental care. For additional information on these topics, or on topics not covered here, please see our resources section or email us.
Regular appointments allow us to:
- Review your medical history for conditions that my impact your oral health.
- Check for tooth decay and gum disease.
- Check for signs of oral cancer.
- Examine fillings, crowns, and other previous dental work.
- Remove tartar and plaque to prevent tooth decay and leave your teeth clean.
- Polish your teeth to remove stains.
- Answer questions about oral hygiene.
Some warning signs of advancing gum disease include:
Red, swollen and tender gums.
Gums that bleed easily.
Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.
Loose permanent teeth or teeth that are separating.
Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis and needs immediate treatment. Use of tobacco products; diseases including diabetes; certain medications; ill-fitting or defective dental work; crooked teeth; and pregnancy or use of birth control pills may increase the risk of gum disease.