FAQ

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.

ARE YOU TIRED OF HIDING YOUR SMILE?

Do you find yourself subconsciously putting your hand over your mouth when you laugh? Many people who do not have “picture-perfect” teeth find that they have low self-esteem or actively avoid showing their teeth when they smile. This can weigh on a person’s mental health! If you are not confident in your teeth, there is still hope for you. Restorative and cosmetic dentistry services can make any smile picture-perfect.

DO YOU NEED RESTORATIVE AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY SERVICES?

If you are feeling poorly about your teeth, visit your dentist and ask about restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Many people get restorative and cosmetic dentistry to repair cracks, remove stains, smooth out irregular shapes, or to replace missing teeth. A brightened smile can lighten your whole mood.

WHERE DO YOU GET THE BEST DENTAL CLEANING AND WHITENING SERVICES?

Light Touch Dental Care is a family dentist office that services Toledo, Ohio and surrounding areas. We offer services for patients of all ages. We are dedicated to assuaging patient fears and ensuring them that a healthy smile is nothing to be afraid of! If you are needing routine dental care or cosmetic surgery, look no further than Light Touch Dental Care.

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants are artificial teeth roots that provide a base for a permanent crown. When you think of false teeth, you are probably thinking of dentures. Dental implants are a type of false tooth, but they’re not dentures. They are permanent and attached to your jaw. The implant itself is just a base. The crown is the part that looks like a tooth and gives you that beautiful bright smile!

HOW MUCH DO DENTAL IMPLANTS COST?

The cost of dental implants will vary based on how many implants a patient receives, and where they receive them. Some insurance carriers provide insurance for restorative dental care. Ask your insurance provider if they  give an allowance for dental implants. Contact Light Touch Dental Care for a dental implant consultation, and to receive a figure for cost.

HOW LONG DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST?

Dental implants are permanent. They are designed to be a forever solution to tooth loss. If properly cared for, dental implants should last for your lifetime, but the lifespan of a dental implant has technically been predicted at twenty-five years. However, many people never need their implants replaced after installation.

WHAT IS TOOTH EXTRACTION?

A tooth extraction is when a patient needs a tooth removed. Tooth extraction can be performed for many reasons, but the most common is when a tooth has become irreparable or unrestorable through tooth decay or dental trauma. Teeth extraction especially occurs when the aforementioned scenarios are accompanied by toothaches.

HOW MUCH TIME IS NEEDED TO RECOVER FROM A TOOTH EXTRACTION?

Every person recovers from a tooth extraction differently, but it is standard to have a recovery time of seven to ten days. It is important to do whatever you can to maintain the blood clot in place at the site of the tooth extraction to avoid dry socket, which can be painful.

DO AND DON'TS AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION?

Do:

  • Maintain the bleeding
  • Take pain medication as directed
  • Brush your teeth gently
  • Eat a soft diet and drink plenty of liquids
  • Keep the extraction site clean through swishing with salt water

Don’t:

  • Drink with a straw, as this could dislodge your blood clot and cause dry socket
  • Consume alcohol
  • Smoke
  • Drink hot liquids

HOW CAN YOU MAKE YOUR TOOTH EXTRACTION HEAL FASTER?

Every person heals at their own pace, but by protecting the blood clot, managing your pain and swelling, and keeping the extraction site clean, you will not damage your extraction site and therefore make your healing time any longer.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY?

Cosmetic dentistry corrects physical abnormalities or irregularities in your teeth, but its impact goes much deeper. It’s no use pretending that sometimes we are self-conscious about the way we look. Every smile is beautiful in its own way, but that doesn’t stop us from feeling poorly about it. Cosmetic dentistry can help a patient by ensuring that they are confident in their smile and the image they are presenting to the world. Additionally, cosmetic dentistry will help prevent issues with a patient’s teeth in the future, and strengthens teeth that are already there.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY?

There are several different types of cosmetic dentistry, but the five most common are: composite bonding, dental implants, whitening, inlays and onlays, and veneers.

Composite bonding is one of the simplest types of cosmetic dentistry. When the damaged portions of a tooth are removed, a synthetic bond is affixed to the already existing tooth. It is shaped and colored to match the existing tooth—you’d never even know there was a synthetic portion!

Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements. They are not like dentures, which are removed every night.

Tooth whitening is another form of cosmetic dentistry! This isn’t a surgery—just take your smile and make it brighter.

DO AND DON'TS AFTER COSMETIC DENTISTRY?

Each cosmetic dentistry procedure is different, but after all cosmetic dentistry procedures, one should:

  • Clean your teeth gently and carefully.
  • Eat soft and light-colored foods.

Don’t:

  • Use abrasive home remedies
  • Smoke cigarettes. Especially after a tooth whitening, smoking cigarettes can reverse the process very quickly.

MORE QUESTIONS?

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