HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE A CHECK-UP?
If you have stellar oral health, we may recommend you see us only once a year. However, most patients should schedule a routine exam and cleaning twice a year. If problems are detected at an exam, we may recommend you come in for more frequent visits.
WHEN SHOULD I BRING IN MY KIDS FOR THEIR FIRST CHECK-UP?
Your baby’s teeth are developing long before they make their milestone appearance. To help them have a healthy start, be sure to brush your baby’s gums before bed with a pediatric toothbrush. We’d like to see your child around their first birthday to get them set up for a lifelong healthy mouth.
HOW MUCH TOOTHPASTE SHOULD I USE?
Well, for starters, don’t use what you see on TV as a guide for the amount of toothpaste to coat your brush with! A small pea-sized dollop is all it takes to effectively clean your mouth. Technically, the main purpose of toothpaste is to add fluoride to your teeth; not to clean them. The brush does that all on its own.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BRUSH AND FLOSS?
It is important to brush at least twice a day for two full minutes with a soft bristle brush. Ideally, we should brush after every meal, but we understand that isn’t always a possibility! Flossing twice a day is equally important. Floss can loosen food particles from gum pockets that brushing alone can’t.
HOW SAFE ARE DENTAL X-RAYS?
We understand the concern surrounding exposure to radiation emitted by x-ray machines even though technology advances has made any health concern very minimal. With that said, Light Touch Dental uses digital radiographs to capture high resolution images without the long exposure to radiation and no waiting while film is developing.
ARE SILVER FILLINGS SAFE?
They sure are! However, if you are allergic to silver or would like a different filling, we provide fillings made of tooth-colored composite and porcelain materials.
HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE GUM DISEASE OR GINGIVITIS?
Some symptoms that something isn’t quite right in your mouth are pretty obvious. Red and swollen gums, bleeding and a shift in your teeth’s positions can all indicate gum disease, gingivitis or several other conditions as well. It’s best not to self-diagnose. Let our experience quickly determine the problem and develop a plan for restoring your mouth’s healthy condition.
WHAT CAUSES ORAL CANCER?
It’s still unclear what exactly causes oral cancer, but there are several factors that can put you at high risk:
- Tobacco use of any kind (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco)
- Excessive alcohol use
- Frequent exposure to the sun without protection
It is also possible to have oral cancer if you don’t fit the risk factors above, which is why frequent screenings are performed.
WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS OF ORAL CANCER?
Oral cancer can present itself in many different ways. Common symptoms include:
- A lip or mouth sore that doesn’t heal
- A white or reddish patch on the inside of your mouth
- Loose adult teeth
- Mouth or ear pain
- Painful swallowing
Oral cancer screenings are preformed at every visit, but if you have any changes before or after your exam, please call to schedule an appointment!
WILL YOU PROVIDE DENTAL CARE TO MY ENTIRE FAMILY?
Absolutely! We love to see whole families and develop relationships with everyone. It makes for calmer nerves of both kids and parents as we get to know each other over the years. It also helps us with insight into family history when planning for your best care.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY ROUTINE DENTAL EXAM?
At every exam, we evaluate and treat several areas to help maintain your dental health. It’s more than just checking for cavities! Every exam includes:
- A medical history review to allow us to better understand your overall health.
- X-rays, if necessary, to detect tooth decay, tumors, bone loss, and tooth and root positions.
- An oral cancer exam
- A Periodontal (gum disease) exam
- Removal of plaque and calculus (tartar)
- Teeth polishing to remove stains and excess plaque
- Oral hygiene suggestions such as fluorides, special cleanings, ect.
WHAT IS PLAQUE?
Plaque is a soft, sticky biofilm that develops on teeth due to the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth. Brushing and flossing twice a day helps remove unwanted plaque before it causes tooth decay and gum disease. Other ways to help prevent plaque build up is to limit sugary and starchy foods in your diet and schedule regular dental cleanings.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PLAQUE AND TARTAR?
Tartar, sometimes referred to as calculus, is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. On the surface, tarter stains easily because it is more porous than plaque alone. However, tartar can also affect gum tissues by forming at and underneath the gum line. You can prevent tartar build up with a consistent brushing and flossing routine but once tartar is formed, only your dentist or hygienist can remove it.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE BAD BREATH?
We understand that having bad breath can be embarrassing but there are several steps to help treat it. There are certain foods like garlic and onions that can cause bad breath along with cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. Dry mouth can also cause an unpleasant odor because it limits the saliva in the mouth. Saliva cleans your mouth by clearing away excess food particles, so when saliva isn’t present bad breath can occur. Poor oral hygiene is a major cause of bad breath which is why we recommend brushing and flossing twice a day every day. In rare cases, bad breath can be a sign of medical conditions like liver or kidney disease.
HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE?
Four out of five people who have periodontal disease don’t know it! In the beginning stages, it can be painless however, common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Consistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together
The good news is that this disease is completely preventable with good home care and regular dental visits.
WHAT DENTAL PROCEDURES CAN AN ER HELP WITH?
Dental emergencies happen at inconvenient times, that’s why they are called emergencies. Maybe you fell down the stairs and hurt your jaw or cousin Mike accidentally hit you with a baseball- it happens. Typically, the emergency room can provide you antibiotics or pain medications to help ease any discomfort, but most ERs don’t have a dentist on hand. If you are in excruciating pain, it may be a good idea to go to the emergency room before calling your local dentist. However, if a crown fell off and you’re not in immediate pain, we recommend calling your dentist to schedule an appointment ASAP.
CAN HARD CANDY OR POPCORN BREAK MY TEETH?
They absolutely can! We always recommend limiting hard candy or popcorn to protect the health of your teeth. Hard candy is a double edge sword- not only are they hard and tough, they are also typically very sticky. These foods put you at high risk for break a tooth, filling, or crown. With popcorn, it’s vital to eat only full popped kernels. Eating partially popped kernels can put your teeth at risk to break or chip.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY CROWN OR BRIDGE BREAKS OFF?
Call your dentist immediately and make an appointment! You will more than likely not be in any pain, but it is crucial to fix this problem sooner rather than later. Only eat soft foods until you can get seen by your dentist. Avoid chips, apples, carrots, and peanut brittle- just to name a few.
WHAT IS A DENTAL ABSCESS?
An abscess can happen in multiple areas of your tooth for math different reasons. It’s an infection within a tooth that has spread to the root or tip of the tooth. You more than likely will not know that you have an abscess, you will just be in a significant amount of pain. The area will be swollen and will omit some sort of odor or a bad taste in your mouth.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BROKEN TOOTH AND A BROKEN FILLING?
In both circumstances, you will feel a sharp edge and food stuck may be getting stuck in your tooth. A broken filling means there’sa cavity within that tooth. With both a broken tooth and a broken filling, you may not feel any immediate pain or sensitivity. Even if you aren’t in any pain, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible before the damage becomes severe.
HOW CAN I BETTER PROTECT MY TEETH?
The best way to protect your teeth is to eat nothing but soft, low acidic foods for the rest of your life- but that isn’t practical! Everything is fine in moderation. Limit hard foods and candies and brush and floss your teeth twice a day to keep your smile healthy.
I BIT MY TONGUE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
IF YOU BITE YOUR TONGUE OR CHEEK, PUT AN ICE CUBE ON THE AREA TO HELP EASE ANY INFLAMMATION. IF THIS CONTINUES TO HAPPEN, SEE YOUR DENTIST ABOUT CHECKING THE BITE OF YOUR JAW. A MOUTH GUARD MAY BE THE answer to your problems!
WHAT DO I DO IF I KNOCK OUT A TOOTH?
Put the tooth in a small glass of milk and go see your dentist in Toledo immediately! The calcium in the milk will help preserve your tooth for your family dentist to repair.
HOW DO I TREAT A TOOTHACHE?
Put a cold compress on the side that is in pain and see your dentist to treat the problem. A toothache is very general and there are a variety of things that could be going wrong.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO SEE A DENTIST WHEN I’M TRAVELING?
Call your local family dentist and see if they know anyone in the area- odds are, they will! The next step would be to find a local dentist and see if they will take emergency patients. If all else fails, go to the emergency room.
YOUR TRUSTED FAMILY DENTIST IN TOLEDO
Light Touch Dental is proud to be a choice family dentist serving Toledo and the surrounding area. If you are experiencing any dental discomfort or need to make an appointment, give us a call at (419) 866-4271!
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