How often should I visit the dentist?
For most people, twice a year is usually sufficient; however, only you, your dentist and your hygienist can determine how often is actually necessary. Checkups are needed for regular assessments of the condition and well being of your mouth; therefore, regular checkups are a MUST in order to maintain a healthy, happy smile!
Why are X-rays important?
X-rays are extremely useful and important as a diagnostic tool and may reveal the following information:
What are the signs of gum disease?
Can I prevent gum disease?
You can help prevent periodontal (gum) disease by: Brushing your teeth really well twice a day (with a toothbrush in good condition). Cleaning between your teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner. Eating a balanced diet that limits between meal snacks and visiting your dentist regularly.
How can I whiten my smile?
There are a variety of products and procedures available to help you whiten your smile. Start by speaking with your dentist to determine whether whitening procedures would be effective for you.
Knocked out tooth, what do I do?
If the tooth is dirty, hold the tooth by the crown (not the root) and carefully rinse off. Do not scrub or remove any attached tissue fragments. Try to gently re-insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If you are unable to do this, place the tooth in a cup of milk and get to your dentist as quickly as possible. Don't forget to take the tooth with you!
What causes bad breath?
If you do not brush and floss daily, particles of food will remain in your mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Food that collects between the teeth, around the gums or on your tongue can rot, leaving an extremely unpleasant odor. Dentures, not cleaned properly, can also contain odor-causing bacteria and food particles.
How does food cause tooth decay?
When you eat, food passes through your mouth where it encounters germs or bacteria that live in your mouth. This union of food, germs and bacteria create a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Bacteria loves sugars found in many foods, and will use the sugar to produce acids that are able to destroy the hard surface (enamel) of the tooth. If this sticky substance is not removed from your teeth, tooth decay will eventually occur.
J. Andrew Craycroft, DMD
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Bowling Green, KY 42104
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