A cavity is an infection of the hard tissues (enamel, dentin, cementum) in your mouth. This happens when bacteria start to eat foodstuff stuck between your teeth and in the grooves of your teeth, hence the importance of brushing and flossing! When the bacteria digests the food in your mouth, they create acid as a by product causing the weakening of enamel, which is the outer shell of teeth. Once there is enough weakening of the enamel, a hole is created by the acid, resulting in a cavity.
We recommend having a check up every 6 month, however there are conditions that require more frequent dental visits. We will let you know if that that is the case and explain to you why it may be necessary.
We typically recommend that you change your toothbrush every few months, when the bristles become frayed. By replacing your toothbrush every few months, you will continue to have optimal daily cleansing of your teeth!
Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, an inflammation of your gums. Gingivitis is caused by the plaque (tartar) on your teeth after irregular/insufficient brushing and/or not flossing. Gums hate gunk! If you brush for 2 minutes twice a day (we highly recommend an electric toothbrush with a timer) and floss daily, you will decrease your chances of tooth decay and gum disease. If you currently are experiencing heavy bleeding gums, schedule an appointment as it may be a sign of a more serious problem. Finally, gingivitis will usually subside after 48-72 hours after regular brushing and flossing. Please call us if you have any questions.
General Information About Tooth Whitening.
Tooth whitening has become very popular because of its simplicity and the positive results commonly seen. This procedure can dramatically improve one's smile and confidence in a very short period of time. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have at your next appointment!
Common questions concerning whitening:
I have a porcelain crown (cap), will that whiten along with the rest of my teeth if I choose to whiten my teeth?
No, porcelain is not affected by the products we use to whiten natural teeth. Your cap was matched to your tooth shade when they did the procedure, so if you wish to whiten your teeth keep in mind that your cap shade will remain the same. On the same note, if you have a white filling on your front teeth, they will also not be affected by whitening.