Common Dental Health Questions from Our Prescott Dentistry Patients
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At Prescott Dentistry, it’s our goal to offer excellent dental care and give you a strong, confident smile. As we serve you, our patients, we’ve noticed there are certain recurring concerns that have surfaced as topics of conversation. So this week, we would like to address common dental health questions from our Prescott Dentistry patients.
- Why do I have buildup on my teeth? Many of our patients work hard to achieve good dental care. They brush like they should and follow it up with detailed flossing, tongue cleaning, and even use our recommended mineral mouthrinse. But simply put, buildup and tartar can still occur for a number of other reasons, even from varying amounts of minerals in the saliva (Crest, 2018). Do your best to practice good oral hygiene at home, eat a balanced diet, and see us for biannual dental cleanings. Your preventative care will go a long way toward keeping your teeth healthy.
- I’m not happy with the look of my teeth. What are your options for cosmetic or restorative dentistry? We have a number of options to help repair and beautify teeth. If you’re missing teeth, we can always replace them with a dental bridge as a temporary option, or even with a porcelain dental implant that is surgically put in place and will last far longer. As for straightening your teeth, we offer clear braces, called Invisalign, which will slowly move your teeth into correct positions over time, without the need for standard metal braces. For stained or chipped teeth, we also have great solutions that can take care of your teeth and give you back a smile you can wear with confidence. Talk to our dentists or check out our website for more information.
- Does whitening toothpaste work? How should I properly whiten teeth? Unfortunately, whitening toothpaste doesn’t do much to rid your teeth of persistent stains. Toothpaste generally only helps the first layer of enamel and as a result, it won’t whiten teeth very well. For teeth whitening that truly works without damaging your teeth, it’s best to visit our office for a professional whitening treatment.
- Why do my gums bleed? Should I be concerned? Bleeding gums can occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes bacteria reaches your gums and causes inflammation and bleeding. But there are other medical factors too, such as pregnancy, that can make gums more tender and swollen (American Pregnancy Association, 2015). If you’ve got bleeding gums, it’s best to discuss your situation with our staff.
These are the most common dental health questions from our Prescott Dentistry patients. If we didn’t cover your questions, feel free to contact our office. We’ll be glad to help you with any need you have, whether it’s cosmetic, restorative, or anything in between. And we offer a wide array of natural products and natural dentistry practices that will keep your teeth healthy, without exposing you to heavy metals and chemicals. We’re here to make you smile!
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