Dentistry is a broad field, and many of our patients have questions about their treatments and oral health.  We have compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about dental care.  If you have further questions, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Renner, Dr. Gregory Greiner, and Dr. Amy Perlow, we invite you to contact York Dental Group at 803-684-2366.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice each day.  Use a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.  You should floss daily to clean the areas between your teeth where brushing does not reach.  This will help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

Are mouthwashes helpful in preventing cavities?

Fluoride mouthwashes have proven to be helpful in preventing and reducing tooth decay.  Anti-bacterial rinses help kill bacteria that are not removed by brushing and flossing.

How often should I visit the dentist?

You should visit our dentists every 6 months for a dental checkup.  During these appointments, our dentist and hygienists will carefully clean and examine your teeth.  We may recommend more frequent checkups based on your individual needs and oral health.

Will amalgam (silver) fillings make me sick?

Hundreds of studies have been conducted on the safety of amalgam fillings.  Silver fillings are safe for use, and the only illness or complication linked to the use of this material in dental treatments is a rare allergic reaction.  The American Dental Association, the Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Public Health Service, and the World Health Organization believe silver fillings to be safe and effective for patients of all ages.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Periodontal disease is a degenerative condition that attacks the gum and bone supporting your teeth.  Some signs of gum disease include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth that appear too long
  • Receding gums
  • Pus between the teeth

Does bad breath mean I have gum disease?

Not necessarily.  While chronic bad breath is a symptom of periodontal disease, there are many other causes of halitosis, including food choices, tobacco use, and dehydration.  When you visit York Dental Group, our dentists can determine if your bad breath is being caused by dental problems (such as poor oral hygiene, cavities, or gum disease), or if there is another reason for it.

How can I get whiter teeth?

Your teeth will become stained, dull, or yellowed over time.  Many stains can be removed through bleaching.  When you visit our practice, we will determine if teeth whitening will be an effective treatment for you, or if another treatment will help you meet your cosmetic goals.  Professional whitening treatments produce better results that over-the-counter options, and can be performed either in our office or at home.

Are X-rays safe?

Dental X-rays are very safe.  In fact, the amount of radiation you are exposed to during an X-ray is less than that to which you are exposed in your day-to-day life.  Additionally, advances over the years have led to increasingly lower amounts of radiation emitted by X-rays.

Federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for safety and accuracy every 2 years to ensure that you are safe and that your treatments are high-quality.

Which type of toothbrush should I use?

Use an ADA-approved toothbrush with soft bristles.  We also recommend that you use an ADA-approved fluoridated toothpaste.