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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Treatment

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Patients want an office that provides the procedures they are looking for and a doctor who understands their needs. Dr. Olga Frey has provided the answers to some of the most common questions she hears from patients. She and her team are standing by to answer any additional questions from potential or existing patients.

Preventive Treatment

Yes, sweets and foods with acid, like candy and soda, could stick to teeth and lead to cavities. Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause oral cancer and gum disease.

While teeth are strong enough to chew ice and tear open packages, this can break them and stress your jaws. Gritting or grinding down on teeth when you're stressed may crack them.

Biting your nails is another bad habit. It pulls your jaw out of position and changes how your teeth fit together.

 There's no getting around the need to get around your teeth daily with dental floss. It clears food and plaque from between teeth and under the gum line. If you don't, plaque hardens into tartar, which forms wedges and widens the space between teeth and gums, causing pockets. Over time, gums pull away and teeth loosen.

While the Waterpik Water Flosser is extremely effective, it is still not a replacement for traditional floss!

It’s so important to floss because that process removes bacteria colonies from teeth and gums. The Waterpik or Water Flossers simply rinse these areas. Ideally, patients should use both.

  1. Fill the reservoir with warm water and place firmly on the base.
  2. Select a tip and click into the handle.
    Note: If this is the first use, set the pressure control dial to high. Point the tip into the sink and turn on until water flows. Turn unit off.

 

  1. Start with the lowest pressure setting, lean over the sink, place tip in your mouth.
  2. Turn unit on. Close lips enough to prevent splashing, let water flow from your mouth into sink.

  1. Aim the tip at the gumline.
  2. When finished, turn unit off and use the tip eject button to remove the tip.
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If you have any of these issues or see your child having trouble chewing or complaining of soreness:

Mouth sores
Jaw pain
Redness
Swollen face or gums
Tooth sensitivity
Broken teeth
Dry mouth
Bleeding gums
Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth


Getting checked out right away prevents more serious problems and infections.

Dental X-rays help dentists visualize diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissue that cannot be seen with a simple oral exam. In addition, X-rays help the dentist find and treat dental problems early in their development, which can potentially save you money, unnecessary discomfort, and maybe even your life.

How Often Should Teeth Be X-Rayed?

The frequency of getting X-rays of your teeth often depends on your medical and dental history and current condition. Some people may need X-rays as often as every six months; others with no recent dental or gum disease and who visit their dentist regularly may get X-rays only once a year. If you are a new patient, we take X-rays as part of the initial exam and to establish a baseline record from which to compare changes that may occur over time.

How Safe Are Dental X-Rays?

Exposure to all sources of radiation -- including the sun, minerals in the soil, appliances in your home, and dental X-rays -- can damage the body's tissues and cells and can lead to the development of cancer in some instances. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of dental X-rays is extremely small, especially when using digital X-rays.

Did you know...

For every single x-ray taken in our office equals two bananas you've consumed.  And every full set of x-rays (18) taken is the same amount of radiation as walking around the Grand Canyon for two days. That means 10 full sets (180) of x-rays would equal a 6 hour plane flight.

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