Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs about Richmond Hill Dental Assoc.
We accept nearly all insurances. Please call us on the number shown on our website to verify before coming.
Please try to arrive a few minutes before your first appointment in order to take your details and discuss with you any previous treatments, etc.
- Brushing twice a day for two minutes and using dental floss every day are essential for everyone, regardless of the unique characteristics of their mouth. It is the best way to fight against tooth decay and periodontal disease.
- Build a relationship. Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. When your dentist sees you regularly, he or she is in a good position to detect oral problems early. For example, diagnosing gum disease whilst it is still reversible, or cavities when they are small and can be treated more easily.
- Maintenance. Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential part of your overall health. It is important to keep your dentist informed about any changes in your general health as well.
- Only your dentist can determine what is the best treatment plan for you. Do you have questions about your oral health or certain dental procedures? Start a conversation. Ask your dentist to explain treatments step by step. Dentists love having satisfied and healthy patients.
General Dentistry FAQs
Regular dental visits are important because they can help identify oral health problems early on, when it is likely to be easier and more affordable for treatment. They also help prevent the development of many oral problems from the beginning. Visiting your dentist regularly is also important, as some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that may appear in the mouth.
There is not a whole one size for dental treatment. Some people need to visit the dentist once or twice a year, while others may need more visits. You are a unique individual, with a unique smile and specific needs when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile.
- Your teeth are sensitive to heat or cold
- Your gums are swollen and / or bleeding when brushing or using dental floss
- You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
- You do not like the look of your smile or your teeth
- You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face, or neck
- You have trouble chewing or swallowing
- You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
- You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or eating disorders
- Your mouth is often dry
- You smoke or use tobacco products
- You are receiving medical treatment, such as hormone replacement therapy, radiation, chemotherapy
- Your have difficulty in your jaw and your mouth when you open and close, chew or when you wake up
- You have any sores or swellings in your mouth.
Yes. Even if you do not have any symptoms, you may still have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Regular dental visits will also help prevent the development of problems. Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential part of your overall health. It is also important to keep your dentist informed about any changes in your overall health since many diseases can affect your oral health as well.
Always spend two to three minutes brushing your teeth. It takes that long to get rid of the bacteria that destroy tooth enamel. Do not brush too hard. It takes very little pressure to remove bacteria and plaque. Floss at least once a day. Flossing is the only way to get bacteria from between your teeth.
Watch the sugar you eat. There is sugar in candy, fruits, crackers and chips. These are the foods that the bacteria in your mouth like best. Be mindful of food that stick to your teeth. They can provide a constant supply for the bacteria. Try to minimize the times during the day when sweet items are eaten and brush your teeth afterwards.
If you cannot brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water – which can help to remove food from your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can also help. Chewing stimulates the flow of your saliva which acts as a natural plaque-fighting substance. And do not forget your regular dental visits. Good dental habits will go a long way toward a no-cavity visit.
You should be brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Choose a soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth and place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Gently move the brush back and forth in short, tooth-wide strokes. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
Yes. The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth once a day. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Cleaning between your teeth may also help prevent gum disease and cavities. You can use dental floss or another product specifically made for cleaning between your teeth, like a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between the teeth, water flosser or wooden plaque remover.
The dentist or hygienist will ask about your recent medical history, examine your mouth and decide whether or not you need x-rays. Depending on your treatment plan, the hygienist may use a special dental instruments to check your gums for gum disease. Your dentist will evaluate your overall dental health and conduct an oral cancer screening.
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums, or gingiva. It commonly occurs because a film of plaque, or bacteria, accumulates on the teeth. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease, but untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. … Gingivitis is a common type of periodontal disease.
A crown, sometimes known as dental cap, is a type of dental restoration which completely encircles a tooth or dental implant.
Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement.
Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when the dentist examines the mouth. An X-ray examination may reveal:
- Small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
- Infections in the bone
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Abscesses or cysts
- Developmental abnormalities
- Some types of tumors
Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage is crucial and can save patients from having worse symptoms in the future.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. Some natural sources of fluoride are brewed tea, canned fish, cooked kale and spinach, apples, and skim milk. Some city water contains fluoride, so by drinking tap water you will acquire fluoride. If drinking water does not have fluoride, supplements are available.
The lack of exposure to fluoride places individuals of any age at risk for dental decay. Fluoride is important to dental health because it helps prevent tooth decay by making your tooth enamel more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria in your mouth.
When you are asleep, production in your mouth decreases. Since your saliva is the mouth’s natural mouthwash, most people experience morning breath. Bacteria found on teeth in the crevices and on the taste buds of the tongue, break down the food particles, which produce sulfur compounds. It is actually these sulfur compounds which give our breath a bad odor. Your saliva helps to wash away bacteria and food particles. Your saliva also helps to dissolve the foul smelling sulfur compounds.
Chronic, long-term mouth odor can be a sign of more serious illness. Please talk to us if you feel like this is your case.
Usually, gums that bleed are a symptom of the onset of periodontal disease or gingivitis.
You should see your dentist to have a periodontal screening and evaluation performed in order to determine the level of disease present and the best treatment course to pursue.
It is also worth noting that chronic dental pain and discomfort are obvious signs of a problem. Over-the-counter drugs may provide some temporary relief. These medications usually only mask the existence of a problem and should be taken on a temporary basis.
It is important to see a dentist as soon as possible if your gums begin to bleed.