Like any other medical discipline, information on Dental Health can be both vast and obscure. From finding the cause behind gum disease, to choosing a perfect toothbrush, there will always be questions, waiting to be answered. Here at 4Ever Smile Dental, we strive to de-mystify oral healthcare. Got a question? No problem! Come visit us at anytime, and our friendly, energetic staffs will be happy to assist you. Meanwhile, check out our FAQs session below for some of the most frequently asked topics in dental health!
What is Gingivitis? What causes it and how to prevent?
Gingivitis is inflammation of the “gums” (aka gingiva) caused by the buildup of bacteria on the teeth. You may notice gingivitis as bleeding gums. Gingivitis can be prevented by brushing the teeth twice a day and flossing once a day using the proper technique which can be taught by your dentist or hygienist.
What is Periodontitis? What causes it and what kind of issues will it lead to if left untreated?
Long-standing gingivitis can lead to periodontitis which is inflammation of the ligaments which hold the teeth in place and can lead to jaw bone and tooth loss if left untreated.
What is the proper way to use electric toothbrush?
Brush the teeth in a circular motion while applying gentle pressure. Brushing the gums too aggressively or with overly firm pressure can cause gum recession (exposure in the roots of the teeth caused by loss of gum tissue).
Does whitening weaken teeth and make them sensitive to stain?
Whitening treatments may cause temporary tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods but do not increase likelihood of staining.
What is the goal of 4Ever Smile Dental Group?
Our goal is a holistic approach to your oral health augmented by care that is passionate and genuine. By advising you in best practices for home care and providing only necessary and efficacious treatment, we hope to earn your trust and continue our relationship of mutual respect for a lifetime.
It has been a long time since my last visit to dentist, is it too late to get treated?
It is never too late to seek treatment. We are always delighted to help guide you on the path to the most attractive and healthy smile of your life. Depending on the condition, various treatments and options will always be available providing you take your first step. We understand that finding a reliable dentist can be very daunting due to the intimate nature of oral health, but it doesn’t have to be. 4 Ever Smile is here to help.
Do I really have to floss?
Yes. Flossing is critical for cleaning the areas between teeth and gums that brushes cannot reach. Flossing will help prevent gingivitis and periodontitis. Though initially flossing may be mildly uncomfortable and cause bleeding, once flossing is done on a daily basis the gums will become healthier. Remember: Healthy gums do not bleed.
I am scared of pain and generally not comfortable around dentists. So how is 4Ever Smile Dental going to be different?
We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is comfortable and welcoming. One that is sure to change your perception of how a dental office should be. We also emphasize in preventive care and active client involvement. Our dentists and staff genuinely care about the health and well-being of our patients. We are not just here for you, but “with” you the entire way.
What age should I start taking my child to the dentist?
It is recommended that a child’s first visit should be when teeth first appear in the mouth. Some may think this maybe too early, however, early visits can allow the dentist to have an early assessment on the child’s oral condition. This can help prevent potential issues by correcting them at an early time. This is especially critical since young children may not be able to express discomfort correctly. Last but not least, it is always good to establish good oral habits for young children as soon as possible, since prevention is always the most effective treatment of all.
What are the differences between waxed and unwaxed floss? Which is better?
The best floss are the ones you use on a daily basis and most comfortable to you.