How can I prevent cavities?
Daily dental hygiene practices and regular visits to the dentist are your best protection again all forms of dental disease, including cavities. Cavities develop when accumulations of debris in the nooks and crannies of your teeth foster the growth of bacteria, which erode tooth tissue and lead to small holes or “cavities” in your teeth. Brushing and flossing each day can help prevent the accumulation of plaque and bacteria. Using an antiseptic mouthwash and ensuring that your toothpaste has fluoride are also great preventive measures. Come in to our office for your normal check-ups and we can help you learn more about cavity prevention!
Why are my teeth yellow, and how can I whiten them?
Our teeth can become stained and discolored over the years by our normal day-to-day activities. Certain foods such as coffee, curries, dark juices or teas, and other foods with pigment can gradually make your teeth appear yellow. We offer a variety of teeth whitening options at our office that can quickly restore white luster to your smile. There are also many over-the-counter toothpastes, mouthwashes, and whitening systems that can help you brighten your smile over time.
What is gum disease?
When small bacterial deposits develop around the gumline, this can damage gum tissue. Prolonged exposure to bacteria can cause your gums to become sore and inflamed, and they may begin to bleed easily as well. If the condition is allowed to progress, your gums may recede and become infected, and your teeth can become loose and fall out. Prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing thoroughly each day and by visiting our dentist at least twice each year.
What type of toothpaste should I use?
We recommend that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride to help protect your teeth against dental decay. Use whatever tastes good to you as long as it contains fluoride.
Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones?
Not necessarily. If you brush your teeth carefully, thoroughly, and for the right amount of time, you can achieve excellent results with a manual toothbrush. If you struggle to brush for long enough each time, or if your brushing technique needs assistance, a powered toothbrush may be beneficial. Regardless of the toothbrush type, however, soft bristles can help you avoid damaging your gums.
Is fluoride good for my teeth?
Dentists recommend fluoride treatments and toothpastes containing fluoride because it bolsters your smile’s health. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that helps your teeth stay strong and hard, which can help to ward off cavities and other dental problems. Look for fluoride in your toothpaste and mouthwash. Feel free to ask Drs. Cox and Manegold during your next appointment at our office to learn more!
How often should I visit the dentist?
We recommend that you visit the dentist at least twice each year for dental cleanings and exams. During your thorough exam, we check for gum disease and tooth decay, and your gentle cleaning will remove plaque and tartar accumulations from your teeth. However, different people develop plaque deposits at different rates; if your teeth develop plaque more quickly, or if you suffer from gum disease, our dentist will likely recommend that you visit our office more frequently to optimize your dental health.
Why is using dental floss important?
Drs. Cox and Manegold recommend that flossing be part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Flossing is important because it can clean the spaces between the teeth, where leftover food, plaque, tartar, and bacteria become stuck. Flossing can help prevent gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath, and tartar buildup. Your oral health can affect your cardiovascular system; studies show that poor oral hygiene is linked to heart conditions like heart disease.
Are dental X-rays safe?
You are exposed to radiation every day from sources such as the sun, minerals in the soil, and everyday appliances and machinery. Fortunately, the amount of radiation found in dental X-rays is small and is limited to the area being analyzed. Modern digital X-rays mean that patients experience up to 80% less radiation exposure. Dental X-rays are safe and can help our dentists detect disease and decay, which means a healthier smile for you!
What is a root canal?
Your tooth consists of the part you see above the gumline, as well as roots that extend down into the jaw. If the tooth’s roots become injured or decayed, this may threaten the health of the tooth. In order to prevent the need for the tooth’s extraction, our dentists can perform a root canal treatment, which involves cleaning and treating the interior or “canal” of a tooth’s root. The treatment is concluded with the placement of a crown over the treated tooth, and this restoration can help you improve your oral health.
What are my options if I have a missing tooth?
Modern dental innovations have given patients more options than ever before if they would like to replace a missing tooth. Popular treatment options include dental implants, bridges, dentures, and partial dentures. Implants are a permanent solution that are placed in your jawbone so the restoration looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. Bridges span the gaps in your smile with a beautiful, natural-looking restoration. And if you are missing multiple teeth and need extensive restoration, dentures and partial dentures can help you achieve a beautiful, functional smile once again. Please feel free to speak with our dentists to learn whether your smile may benefit from one of these treatments!
What is the difference between DDS and DMD?
DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) indicate the same academic and clinical training. Both prepare students for the national and state dental board examinations. The dental school attended decides which designation to use.
How can I stop grinding my teeth?
Teeth grinding during sleep can negatively impact your oral health, as well as your overall health. Those who grind their teeth often experience a sore jaw and headaches. Severe teeth grinding can lead to loose or fractured teeth. Teeth grinding is often caused by stress or by a misaligned bite. Our dentists in West Chester, Ohio, may recommend a custom-made mouth guard to protect your teeth and your jaw during sleep. We advise that you determine the underlying cause of your stress and seek relief.