How often do I need to schedule a check-up?
We’d like to see you once a year if your mouth is generally healthy and clean. We’ll help you keep it that way, plus make sure there aren’t any changes happening you ought to
be aware of.
If you have less than stellar oral health, we might suggest coming to see us a bit more often.
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?
Please brush at least twice a day to keep your mouth healthy and fresh. And if you can
do it after every meal, that’s even better. Don’t forget to floss as well. Like it or not, it’s
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
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.
What about silver fillings? Are they safe?
The American Dental Association along with a slew of other worldwide health agencies
concur that generally speaking, silver fillings cause no adverse health concerns. The
caveat is if, of course, you are allergic to any of the components of such fillings. In
history, there are less than 100 reported cases of a reaction to silver fillings out of
millions and cavity-filled mouths.
We do offer tooth-colored fillings made of a composite material and porcelain options as
well, anyway, so no need to worry!
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?
The cause of any cancer can’t necessarily be pinpointed as any one particular culprit.
Obviously, the use of tobacco, in any form, enormously increases your risk of developing
several types of cancer and is the most common cause of oral cancer. When you
combine tobacco use with heavy drinking, you’re really in treacherous territory.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight is also a known cancer causer as is simply, bad hygiene.
What are the warning signs of oral cancer?
Every person’s mouth is different, as is the way oral cancer may present. Common
symptoms begin with a sore on your lip or inside your mouth or throat. Red and white
patches need to be screened as well, especially when they just won’t go away. Lumps
and bumps can indicate cancerous tumors or nothing at all, so be sure to alert us to
anything new so we can check things over.
We perform oral cancer screenings at each check-up as a routine, but if you have any
changes in your mouth between regular visits, please call to schedule an appointment.
Oral cancer is very aggressive and it needs to be caught early!
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.
Contact us! Give us a call today at 419-866-4271 or fill out the form on the right to get started with Light Touch Dental.