Frequently Asked Questions
When Should Your First Dental Visit Be?
A first dental visit can be a very positive appointment. At Dr. Battista's office, we encourage you to begin dental visits as early as 3 years old. Healthy teeth are maintained by simple procedures such as brushing and flossing and visiting the dentist regularly.
How Often Should I See The Dentist?
It is necessary to visit the dentist on a regular basis. Different people have different dental needs. Hence, the frequency of visits must be discussed with the dentist. Dentists check your teeth for cavities, plaque formation, oral cancer, gum disease. Early detection is your best protection from unnecessary discomfort and tooth loss.
How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?
Teeth must be brushed twice a day. Brushing breaks up the bacteria formed on your teeth, preventing possible decay and tooth loss. A toothpaste containing fluoride is advised by most dentists. Fluoride strengthens the teeth and prevents decay. Toothbrushes with soft bristles are suitable for all patients. Teeth must also be flossed daily to remove the particles accumulated between the teeth.
How Important Is A Good Diet When It Comes To Dental Hygiene?
A good diet helps to maintain oral health. Foods having more sugar content must be avoided as these sugars facilitate the growth of bacteria on the teeth. If high sugar foods are eaten, rinsing immediately helps prevent tooth decay. A well balanced diet, including fruits and vegetables is highly recommended for optimal dental health.
How Does Smoking Effect My Teeth?
Smokers should take dental health more seriously. People who smoke frequently may be prone to conditions such as periodontitis, gingivitis, and even oral cancer. A routine dental checkup helps to catch such problems in their initial stages, and perhaps avert them completely.
How Important Is Flossing?
In one word...very! Flossing not only cleans areas of the teeth where ordinary toothbrushes can't reach, it is a key factor in preventing gum disease. Brushing is an excellent beginning, but flossing is a crucial factor when it comes to keeping healthy teeth. The bacterium that gets caught in the nooks and crannies between teeth and in the tight spaces that toothbrushes can't reach is removed by flossing.
Bacteria, if not removed regularly, may cause a host of problems in a person's mouth. For instance, a byproduct of the bacteria is acid; this acid eats into the enamel of otherwise healthy teeth and creates cavities. In addition, flossing helps prevent periodontal or gum disease, the number one cause for tooth loss. Another byproduct of the bacteria is a sulfur compound which causes halitosis or bad breath.
What Is Plaque?
Plaque is an oral bacteria, present in everyone. Plaque, left between the teeth will become a stronger more toothbrush resistant substance called tarter. While plaque can be removed by regular brushing and flossing, tarter cannot. Tarter removal requires the professional services of a dentist or hygienist.
What Is Gingivitis?
Plaque or tarter left alone allows the bacteria to breed and cause a more serious condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when the bacteria emits toxins that irritate the gums and causes redness and swelling. If left untreated, gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
As the number one reason for tooth loss, periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone structure supporting your teeth. This occurs when bacteria have been allowed to manifest and invade not only the gums, but also the bones. Genetic predisposition, overall health and acquired habits such as tobacco use contribute to the progression of this painless, aggressive disease, and if left untreated will cause tooth loss. Recent studies have linked heart disease and Type II diabetes to periodontal disease. Ask Dr Battista about prevention and treatment of this invasive disease today.