What should I do if I have bad breath?
Bad breath, halitosis, can be prevented by a good oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss three times a day, every day. Use mouthwash, stop smoking, drink lots of water and visit your dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning.

How often should I brush and floss?
Brush and floss your teeth at least twice per day and especially before bedtime.

Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?
Yes. The American Dental Association has stated that studies have failed to find any link between the mercury found in silver fillings and any medical disorder. The mercury in silver fillings becomes inactive when it combines with the other materials used in the silver filling.

How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?
It is recommended that you have your teeth examined and cleaned by a dentist or hygienist every 6 months.

How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?
The common symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis are:

  • red, swollen, bleeding gums
  • bad breath that is always present
  • spacing developing between the teeth
  • loose teeth
  • pus is present around teeth and gums
  • gums are shrinking away from the tooth
  • the gums are tender or sore

Why is it important to use dental floss?
Brushing goes a long way to remove food particles, plaque, and tartar, but your toothbrush can’t reach all areas around your teeth and below the gumline. Flossing removes plaque, tartar, and food your toothbrush missed.

How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?
Cosmetic dentistry covers a wide range of dental procedures all designed to correct flaws with your teeth and enhance your smile. Stains can be hidden or removed. Teeth can look more uniform in width and length. The color of your teeth can be altered. Chipped, broken, or cracked teeth are repaired. Missing teeth can be replaced.

What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?
Porcelain veneers are thin covers that are cemented onto the front of your teeth. They are used to hide stain, alter the color, shape, and size of a tooth, cover cracks, chips or breaks in the tooth, and make the teeth look more uniform.

What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?
Teeth whitening, bleaching, is a common procedure used to mask stains or tooth discoloration. Teeth whitening performed in the dental office is safe, highly effective and affordable.

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